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Santiago Carneri

Santiago Carneri is a foreing journalist based in Asunción, Paraguay. He is a freelance reporter, photographer and videographer based in Paraguay since 2013, where combines personal long-term projects with editorial and NGO assignments of international clients.
Specialising in social, environmental and human rights issues, he has worked as a writter, reporter, filmaker and photographer for the The New York Times, BBC, Univision, El Pais, EFE/EPA (European Press Agency), Amnesty International, among others, in Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Spain.
He won the 2015 Peter Benenson Award for human rights journalism from Amnesty International and is a member of the photo colective Everyday Latinamerica.
He holds a degree in Journalism from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).

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Paraguay has celebrated the sixth edition of a beauty pageant like no other. Called Miss Gordita (Miss Chubby) the pageant aims to celebrate overweight women and promote self-confidence agianst dircrimination. To enter Miss Gordita, participants must weigh more than 70kg and take part in a three month program with a nutritionist, psychologist and image consultant. According to figures from the Health Ministry of Paraguay, nearly 60% of the population is overweight or obese, but the Miss Gordita contestants still report discrimination on a daily basis due to their size. I folllowed Alejandra Rojas, a paraguayan journalist and dance instructor that was very close to won the competition.

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