Hosted among twisting Aztec canals, the “Most Beautiful Flower in the Land” is a Mexican beauty pageant with a twist.
It challenges white, western concepts of beauty. Instead, it prizes Mexican “mestizo” looks and culture, stemming from the country’s mixed European and indigenous heritage.
Video journalists: Natasha Pizzey-Siegert and James Fredrick

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This news story originally appeared at Mexico - Floridas News on 7 January 2023