BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Around 100 people dressed as Evita Perón marched through the streets of Argentina’s capital on Monday, the eve of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the charismatic First Lady.
Eva María Duarte, who died in 1952 of cancer at the age of 33, was an actress who became the second wife of Juan Perón, an army general who served as president for two different periods.
Better known as “Evita”, she was idolized as a “champion of the poor” and helped women gain the right to vote.
The artists marched through the streets of Buenos Aires to a building decorated with a large cast iron portrait of Evita. Some wore her top-knot hairstyle, while others wore ball gowns as a tribute to the combative first lady.
“We want to highlight the image of Eva Peron as a combative woman. As feminists, we believe in her fight, ”said Nora Elia Savio, an actress. “In her time, she fought for our rights.
The character of Evita has transcended time and borders.
Global fascination began in the 1970s with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Evita”. Then came Alan Parker’s film with Madonna based on the musical, and it was followed by Evita’s dresses shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of a Christian Dior exhibition.
The Evita Museum in Buenos Aires recently opened an exhibition entitled “Childhood and Peronism, the toys of the Eva Perón Foundation” on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth.