Venezuela’s newly-named sports minister may be making history as the first female to be appointed for such position, but it’s her beauty and physical attributes that are getting worldwide attention.
Over the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro announced on national television his new cabinet members, which included former fencing Olympian Alejandra Benitez.
The 32-year-old, who represented Venezuela during the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic summer games, has the nation talking over a recent photo-shoot in 2008 for the Sunday magazine Dominical, where she poses with nothing but her fencing equipment.
Benitez joined other famous Venezuelans from different professions who stripped down in a series titled “El pais se desnuda,” which translates to “The country strips down.”
“Clothes can hide anything,” said Benitez during her interview. “But when you are naked, you are yourself.”
In her new role Benitez, who is a dentist by profession, will be in charge of providing financial support to sports programs around the nation.
After hearing about her appointment, Benitez took to Twitter writing, “ Today starts a new challenge and I will assume that challenge with the same commitment as an athlete who defends his homeland at all costs.”
Eficiencia o Nada! Hoy se asoma un nuevo reto y lo asumiré con el mismo compromiso de la Atleta que defiende a su Patria cueste lo q cueste!
— Alejandra Benitez R (@BenitezVEN) April 22, 2013