Latin America has a whole sociocultural and hegemonic roots on beauty pageants, and this phenomenon will be portrayed through the series “Señorita 89”, a project developed by the creators of “La jauría”, a broadcast that can currently be seen on Amazon Prime.
Now, this dramatic thriller set in the glamor of Mexico in the late 1980s, will soon be seen in Mexico, Brazil and Spain, as well as the rest of Latin America on the Starzplay platform, while for the United States and Puerto Rico it will be seen through Pantaya.
Yesterday, Monday, a virtual chat was held with the directors and cast of the series, Lucía Puenzo, one of the directors, was in charge of moderating the conversation where the press was only a spectator, as there was no room for questions. The third week of filming has just started and there are 10 more weeks pending. The filmmaker recalled that there will be eight episodes in total and in the script, in addition to participating, María Renée Prudencio and Tatiana Mereñuk are also part of the script.
In the direction, in addition to Lucía, Nicolás Puenzo, Silvia Quer and Jimena Montemayor also stand out, while the executive producers are the renowned Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín; the production companies are Fable, Freemantle, Pantaya and Starzplay.
They evidence the patriarchy
Ilse Salas, Ximena Romo, Bárbara López, Leidi Gutiérrez, Coty Camacho and Natasha Dupeyrón, are the six protagonists of this story, where Juan Manuel Bernal, Edwarda Gurrola, Marcelo Alonso, Ianis Guerrero and Luis Ernesto Franco, among others, also have important participations. actors.
Salas plays “Concepción”, the woman who runs the “Miss Mexico” beauty pageant at the end of the 80s. “I really like that she is a leading woman, because being one does not exempt you from having a patriarchal power. So that becomes even more complex. In addition, we are talking about the 80s, a time that is very close, therefore it means that my generation did grow up with all these social conditioning and all the things that you will see there, that they gave us to suck and that until now we we are questioning and we are getting angry. So, it is very strong and very confrontational to address issues that we normalized for decades, and I would say hundreds of years, “said the actress.
In the plot, Lady will be “Miss Tijuana”, Barbara will be “Miss Guerrero”, Natasha will be “Miss Yucatan”, Coty will be “Miss Oaxaca” Y Ximena It will be “Miss Culture”, who guides the candidates for the crown.
“Thank you for giving me this incredible character, and my colleagues, thank you for being loving, I love being surrounded by many women, that makes me very happy, just telling a story that criticizes the patriarchy and the system we have,” said Natasha.
Barbara also highlighted the opportunity to belong to this project, “I fought a lot for this character, once I stayed with him, I felt very lucky, then I had an accident and I almost thought that I could not do this project, but we succeeded.”
Lucía pointed out that when they developed this story, they sought not to victimize the “miss”, “even if they were in an atrocious world where many times they were products for men’s consumption.”
“Señorita 89” is a thriller set in the 80s where “Concepción” (Ilse Salas), the matriarch of the most important beauty pageant in the country, who, together with a team of expert makeup artists, trainers and even surgeons, receives at her farm “La Encantada” to the 32 finalists. There they will live three months of hard training until they reach the “Miss Mexico” pageant.
The truth is that underneath the appearances, the clothes and the makeup there is a dark world where in the end the contestants will compete not only to take the crown, but also, to leave the contest alive.