Mollie Hawkins
February 09, 2015 9:55 am

We all know that it’s tradition for a beauty contestant to want nothing more than “world peace.” But what happens when a major rebel group from your home country actually takes you up on the offer?

Marxist rebels from Columbia’s FARC militia recently invited the newly-crowned Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, to their peace talks with the government — which have been ongoing for two years.

The anti-government group has been fighting the Bogota government for 50 years, and as a result nearly 220,000 people have died — most of them civilians.

Vega, a 22-year-old business major from Barranquilla, previously expressed an interest in attending negotiations in Cuba. FARC in response published on their website that they, “have read with interest about your desire to contribute your services to achieve peace and reconciliation between Colombians.” They continued by saying, “we salute your willingness to travel to Havana at the same time that we invite you to make the trip to exhibit the development of the process of talks.”

The statement also pre-empted anticipated skepticism about her involvement saying, “Rest assured that there is complete willingness to respond to your concerns and to value your opinions as a valuable contribution to peace.” 

Vega has not responded to the offer; and we’re curious to know exactly why the rebel group is inviting the beauty queen to their negotiations. Naturally we are skeptical, but could this be a huge step for women everywhere? Could Miss Universe actually help in peace discussions? At this point it is all speculation, but whatever happens and whatever you decide, we’ve got your back, Miss Universe!

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