1991 was a glorious year for Mexico in the biggest of beauty pageants. Lupita Jones won her country’s first Miss Universe title and has been the only Mexican representative to do so ever since. A number of ladies almost made it to the top, with the most recent being Elisa Najera placing 5th in the 2008 edition. This year, the North American nation is fielding a hot Latina who, literally, has the X-factor spelled in her name – Ximena Navarrete.
The 5’8.5″ Ximena’s initial challenge is how to stand out among the gorgeous Latinas in the pageant itself. She needs to survive the entries from Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Brazil first before she can strategize against the onslaught of Asian and European contenders. I personally think she has a good fighting chance for the crown. If her fate aligns with the lucky stars on August 23, then Lupita Jones – Mexico’s Country Director – will be one muy alegre person. 😉