Miss Peru - Karen Schwarz - Traditional Costume

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Re: Miss Karen Schwarz, Miss Peru 2009 - Typical Costume

Dear Miss Universe Organization,

We are deeply concerned and disappointed that Miss Peru, Karen Schwarz and her committee has made the choice of presenting a traditional Bolivian costume as Peruvian.

Our government has sent letters of request to Miss Schwarz's committee of choosing a costume that will represent their country.

The costume that they have chosen to present in the Miss Universe event is a costume from a traditional dance from ORURO-BOLIVIA named "La Diablada" which is presented every year in the Bolivian Carnaval. We consider this "Diablada" costume as an icon of our carnaval.

In a proclamation in 2001 The UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO) has proclaimed The Carnival of Oruro" as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. We consider that if UNESCO has recognized such an important tradition from Bolivia, then Miss Peru and her committee should do the same.

We are making a request that Miss Peru-Karen Schwarz will be denied to appear at the typical costume contest in a Bolivian traditional costume.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter that affects to the whole Bolivian community around the world.

Our outmost respect for Miss Universe Organization