Tough Love for Latin America’s Drug Barons and Beauty Queens

08/12/16 InSight Crime 

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

The recent murder of a beauty pageant director inMexico draws attention to the long history of star-crossed romantic pairings involving two kinds of individuals Latin America is famous for: drug traffickers and beauty queens.

Media outlets frequently call these women “trophy wives” or say they have been “seduced” by the lure of money and fame that comes with drug trafficking. But in some cases, that narrative may be too simplistic. While there is certainly no denying that Latin American drug trafficking is saturated in “machismo” culture, it’s also worth noting that some beauty queens became significant underworld figures in their own right.

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