What is the biggest misconception about your country (Bolivia)?
Faced with that question during an official interview, where a candidate’s personality is supposed to shine through, Gabriela Oviedo, Bolivia’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant replied:
“Well unfortunately people that don’t know Bolivia very much, think that we are all just Indian people from the west side of the country. It’s La Paz and all the image that we reflect is that poor people and very short people and Indian people.
I’m from the other side of the country, the East side, and its not cold, it’s very hot. We are tall and we are white people and we know English. So all that misconception that Bolivia is only an Andean country is wrong. Bolivia has a lot to offer and that’s my job as an ambassador of my country to let people know how much diversity we have.”