In Venezuela, a glamorous career has become a means of survival.
Venezuela is facing a major crisis because of major political mismanagement and corruption. Many people are unable to afford even basic food necessities like flour.
- The government’s reliance on oil money has disrupted the economy since the prices of oil plummetted.
- The country is in disarray. Already high crime rates have spiked ever since the power has shifted from Hugo Chavez to Nicolas Maduro. The chosen successor.
- Before the economy crashed in 2014, oil revenues helped in subsidizing staples like food, fuel and toilet paper. Medicine and education were virtually free for all.
- Citizens have been unable to even afford flour and 3 million citizens have migrated from the country since.
- In the midst of this are a few cheerleaders trying to feed themselves and their families.
- While in better times, being a cheerleader offered competitive pay and glamour compared to government service jobs.
- Now, cheerleading is a job to survive. The women earn between $2 to $10 for every performance to buy staples.
- Hyperinflation has caused the minimum wage to come down to 18,000 Boiliviares or roughly $3.50.
- Despite the cheerleading jobs, women need to work extra jobs to just make ends meet.