War, death no longer theme of Miss Mexico’s gown

first_imgOrganizers had pledged to change the dress after it unleashed a storm of criticism when it was first shown in March. Critics said the design opened old wounds and was not appropriate. Designers who helped select the new dress from among 30 entries said they had wanted something that represented the nation’s culture and history, especially since Mexico City is hosting the pageant this year. The pageant culminates May 28. A dress to be worn by Miss Mexico in the Miss Universe pageant has been changed to show landscapes and pre-Hispanic themes, after the original design – adorned with bullets and sketches of hangings – drew accusations of poor taste, a pageant official said. “Esthetically, the dress is beautiful,” Lupita Jones, a former Miss Universe who now runs Miss Mexico operations, said Wednesday. “It is the same model. The only thing we have changed are the decorations, which pained some people.” The original floor-length dress, cut from a traditional cotton called manta, was decorated with scenes from Mexico’s 1926-29 Cristero war. Tens of thousands of people were killed during the uprising by Roman Catholic rebels against anti-clerical laws. The modified dress will depict landscapes of corn and cactus fields and decorative elements from Indian cultures. Also gone, a bandolier of bullets that served as a belt. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more