Former Venezuelan titleholders were accused of being involved with corrupt government groups who would finance their reign in exchange of sexual favors. Pictures circulated social media in which different former Venezuelan queens were seen, one of them being Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela 2008 and Miss Universe 2009. Fernandez was accused by other former Venezuelan representatives of maintaining a relationship with Diego Salazar, president of the Salazar foundation, who is now in jail for money laundering. Salazar is also related to an important former government official in Venezuela.
Allegations claim that she was one of the many former beauty queens to benefit from the relationship with Salazar and to have received plenty of gifts in return, such as cars, trips and money. Fernandez’ response Fernandez had not spoken on this issue and claims not to know why the organization and titleholders have been attacked in such way. “I am very calm, I have very beautiful and strong values from a long time ago," she said.
"My parents have been there through every phase, professionally. I think that is the most important thing as well as my husband’s support. I am proud of having obtained the Guinness record for Venezuela. There will always be love and truth from my part, my actions define me.” Fernandez’ duty Fernandez proceeded to speak about her country’s difficult social and economic situation.
“We don’t have medicines and people are dying of hunger," Fernandez concluded. "I will continue to raise my voice and strive for a better Venezuela.”