A Carnival queen is the most important
personality in a Latin Carnival which includes South America. However,
the Carnival King has more prestige than his queen in Brazil.
In 2012, the nineteen year old Carmen Gil Gonzaléz of La Laguna took me much by surprise as an elected main queen for Santa Cruz the Tenerife capital. Otherwise, even a little girl and an elderly woman share the same status, although with less importance.
So lets take Carmen from the second biggest Tenerife town as our example, although not a very typical one. Queen Carmen seemed to be rather sweet and, may be even a little shy when I saw her on her state of the art float under the warm Santa Cruz sun.
This happened during the Gran Cozo of the Tenerife capital on February 21.
Also, she hardly used any make up for that parade.
Notice the queen's body language and wonder what the hand in the enlarged photo might want to tell...
Carmen Gil Gonzalez who represents Zona Comercial Transvia also astounded the jury during the Carnival crowning ceremony.
The fact that this recent 2012 queen of Carnival had to be the number one in the limelight, meaning that she had to be on stage first during that Gala at Calatrava's Recinto Ferial, didn't kill her nerves. To the contrary, her authoritative and majestic acting would have made many a royal house proud.
The dainty young lady played a stunning, stately Carnival queen with convincing expertise. She portrayed herself as very self assured and as a strong, imperial leader for Tenerife's main city. Later, the mayor of Santa Cruz had the opportunity to hand over his city's scepter to a worthy, dignified candidate. Her crown which reminded Cleopatra's by shape emphasized her imperial manners. So did the unusual, large ornaments which hung on the double from both her slender arms.
She kept on spreading both during the election event, as if to say that she meant protection and goodwill. Also, this act reminded the king of birds which is the eagle of the skies. It was one the the general stunning Carnival decoration which didn't slip anybody's attention, such as the artistically designed back of the carnival queen float.
Carmen Gil's theme which had been dubbed 'Imperio' by her Carnival costume designer Santi Castro Saliarca suited her regal role perfectly. Also not to forget is that the supreme Gala personality of Miss Gonzaléz has helped Santi to earn a third trophy since 2003 and 2008. Needless to say is that the decorator, stage, costume and Carnival dress designer has more than two decades of experience in his artistic profession.
Opera music emphasized the drama of the Overture of the new 'Reina de Carnaval' queen of disguise during the big election party on February 15, 2012 in a dramatic way. In fact, Carmen Gil Gonzalez took the judges' breath away. A new Carnival queen was born.
Click the picture of the Santa Cruz queen of carnival beside to enlarge it. Marvel at the cultural details of Roman sovereign decor or call it Roman empire symbols, as used during much of Rome's Imperium. Spot the eagle in the very front of the Carnival's queen as well as ornaments in a semi circle which represent Laurel leaves.
Golden lions with wings round off those ideas and
flank Queen Carmen in a befitting fashion. The dress of the queen of the season of disguise harmonizes perfectly with the rest of the regal attire. The new 2012 queen of the mad season of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has all it takes to represent the city and the biggest of all Canary Islands in its Carnival sister town Cadiz and beyond for the rest of the year. It will stop when a substitute for Carmen will be found.
Have a look at the following video which shows why Carmen was the best candidate to take over the reign of Carnival until next year in 2013...
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Ever heard the story about a Rio child queen of carnival? More about it here.
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