El Salvador’s Miss Universe Contestant Wears Costume Featuring Bitcoin
- Alejandra Guajardo, who represented El Salvador in the Miss Universe 2022 pageant, walked across the stage wearing a dress featuring Bitcoin.
- The model wore a giant colón, with one of the nation’s official tender until 2001, decorated to her back with cocoa beans.
- The beauty pageant contestant and actress carried a staff topped with a huge physical Bitcoin in her right hand.
- Renowned plastic artist Francisco Guerrero has designed the currency suit, with a physical Bitcoin at the front.
The popularity of the world’s largest cryptocurrency continues to attract the attention of people from various sectors of the world. Even the fashion industry has been inspired by the invention of Satoshi Nakamoto, and as a result, actress and model Alejandra Guajardo, who represented El Salvador in the Miss Universe 2022 preliminary round, recently walked across the stage wearing a dress featuring Bitcoin (BTC).
On January 12, Guajardo shared on Instagram a picture of herself walking elegantly while carrying a giant colón, with one of the nation’s official tender until 2001, decorated to her back with cocoa beans. Interestingly, the beauty pageant contestant carried a staff topped with a huge physical Bitcoin in her right hand.
The announcer for the Miss Universe 2022 event, which includes competitors from 84 nations, revealed to the audience that Guajardo’s look represents El Salvador’s history of currency by adding:
“For a long time, cocoa was used, and then the colón, until it was replaced by the U.S. dollar. In 2021, El Salvador became the first country in the world to use Bitcoin as legal tender. You don’t need a sash to walk around dressed as cash.”
Renowned plastic artist Francisco Guerrero has designed the currency suit, with a physical Bitcoin at the front, possibly representing the future of currency in the Central American country. Though Guajardo tagged President Nayib Bukele on her post, it is unclear whether he or his government had any role in promoting the cryptocurrency to a global audience.
In September 2021, El Salvador became the first nation to formally recognize the largest cryptocurrency as legal tender, alongside the U.S. dollar. Since then, the nation has acquired thousands of BTC for its treasury under the leadership of pro-bitcoin president Nayib Bukele. Bukele, who frequently reports the country’s BTC purchases on Twitter, stated in November 2022 that his nation will purchase bitcoin every day.
El Salvador’s Miss Universe contestant walked across the stage in New Orleans soon after the country’s legislature passed a bill creating a framework for the issuing of Volcano bonds backed by bitcoin. Legislators who support cryptocurrency in the nation suggested using such bonds to reduce the nation’s debt as well as pay for the development of highly anticipated and volcano-powered Bitcoin City. The bill was passed on January 11 with 62 votes in favor and 16 votes against and will become law when passed by the President.
According to leading crypto exchange Bitfinex, which is also a technology provider for El Salvador’s Volcano token, “this new digital asset regulatory framework paves the way for its much anticipated Volcano token issuance.”
Furthermore, as per an earlier report from Bitnation, Australia recently overtook El Salvador to become the fourth largest crypto ATM hub in the world despite the latter being one of the most Bitcoin-friendly nations across the world.