Ilan Stavans: Alicia Machado vs. Donald Trump’s Machismo

Alicia Machado …. another perspective!

Repeating Islands


An Op-Ed piece by Ilan Stavans for the New York Times.

Venezuela isn’t only the country with the most Miss Universe winners, a whopping seven crowned since 1979. It is also fanatical about the contest in ways that run deep in the nation’s culture. The 1996 winner, Alicia Machado, with whom Donald J. Trump has been keeping up a very public feud, is considered a dissenter in that culture, in which she is both cherished and vilified.

The national contest’s headquarters, known as Quinta Miss Venezuela, are on La Salle Avenue, in what was once an affluent Caracas neighborhood. Millions of dollars pour through this place, the equivalent of a baseball farm, for which the country is also famous. Most years, the Miss Universe contest is televised throughout Latin America.

An army of scouts recruit hundreds of candidates for auditions. The aspiring beauty queens need to be single…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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