This pitch-black comedy is a razor sharp satire on that most Latin American of obsessions – beauty queens – from Venezuela, the land of beauty queens.
Single mother Perla is determined to turn her young daughter Carolina into a beauty queen. She drills Carolina and her sharp-edged sister Estefanía (both named after the princesses of Monaco) to endlessly practice the catwalk, parade swimwear and frilly gowns, and to diet endlessly. “You aren’t sisters here,” Perla tells her two princesses-in-training. “You’re rivals.”
When Carolina fails to win her school’s 5th grade beauty pageant, Perla is outraged and the family turn to an evangelical Christian group as a form of solace. But when Carolina, now a teenager, falls for a handsome young mechanic, her mother turns away from her and shifts her attention to Estefanía. In an effort to reunite with her mother, Carolina enters the world of the adult pageants, complete with cosmetic surgery and other nasty surprises.