Venezuelans are obsessed with beauty contests. It is the country that has won more Miss Universe (7) and Miss World (6) beauty contest than any other, and over 212 other international competitions. The “Miss Venezuela” organization has a scout infrastructure similar to the largest Football or Baseball teams in the US.
The “Reina Pepiada”, one of the most popular arepas, was christened in honor to Susana Duijm, who was crowned Miss World in 1955 – the first Venezuelan to win an International beauty contest. The owners of a local arepera, the Alvarez brothers, interpreted a popular sentiment that she was a real “Curvy Queen”. As a curiosity, 28 years later, her daughter, Carolina Cerruti, would also be crowned Miss World in 1983.