Miss Universe contestant represents El Salvador with Bitcoin-inspired costume

Actress and mannequin Alejandra Guajardo represented El Salvador within the preliminary competitors of the Miss Universe 2022 pageant by sporting a fancy dress that includes Bitcoin throughout her stroll throughout the stage.

In a Jan. 12 submit on her Instagram account tagging El Salvador president Nayib Bukele, Guajardo confirmed herself strolling gracefully with an enormous colón — one of many nation’s accepted currencies till 2001 — strapped to her again adorned with cocoa beans. In her proper hand, the pageant contestant carried a workers topped with a big bodily Bitcoin (BTC).

“This look represents El Salvador’s historical past of forex,” stated the Miss Universe announcer. “For a very long time, cocoa was used, after which the colón, till it was changed by the U.S. greenback. In 2021, El Salvador turned the primary nation on the planet to make use of Bitcoin as authorized tender. You don’t want a sash to stroll round dressed as money.”

Alejandra Guajardo, sporting at Bitcoin costume at Miss Universe 2023 in New Orleans. Supply: Instagram

Plastic artist Francisco Guerrero designed the forex go well with, with BTC on the entrance, probably representing the way forward for forex in El Salvador. It’s unclear whether or not the federal government or Bukele could have had a task in selling the cryptocurrency for a worldwide viewers. Bukele used his Twitter account to report a number of BTC buys following El Salvador’s adoption of the crypto asset as authorized tender in September 2021.

As a part of the pageant format, 16 semifinalists will advance following the preliminary competitors. There are contestants representing 84 international locations within the 2022 occasion. 

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Guajardo’s stroll throughout the New Orleans stage adopted El Salvador’s legislature approving a invoice aimed toward offering a framework for Bitcoin-backed bonds. Professional-crypto lawmakers within the nation proposed utilizing such bonds to pay down sovereign debt and fund the development of a volcano-power Bitcoin Metropolis.

Cointelegraph reached out to Francisco Guerrero, however didn’t obtain a response on the time of publication.