Who are Latin America’s first daughters and what are they up to?
The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has appointed the eldest daughter of Hugo Chavez, Rosa Virginia (37), primarily responsible for the Mision Milagro, a social program created by Caracas and Havana in 2003 to give free eye surgery to those without financial means. Rosa Virginia, who could often be seen with her father at official events, is a discrete woman who will now have to face public responsibilities. However, it’s all within the family as her position is linked to the vice-presidency of the Republic, which consists of her husband and the father of her two children, Jorge Arreaza.
Lately though, Rosa Virginia’s sister Maria Gabriela is the one who has become a real celebrity in Venezuela. And she’s not the only daughter of a Latin American president who draws attention for her excesses. Let’s meet Maria Gabriela Chavez, Florencia Kirchner and Eva Liz Morales, first daughters who appear to be living “la vida loca.”
‘La vida loca’ of Latin America’s first daughters
Maria Gabriela Chavez (33)
Of humble origin, Maria Gabriela Chavez is the daughter of Hugo and his first wife Nancy Colmenares. During the 14 years her father spent as the president of Venezuela, Maria Gabriela became accustomed to luxury and the good life. She loves Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, and (like Flor Kirchner) Louis Vuitton bags. Maria Gabriela can be easily spotted at Formula 1 races and Madonna’s and Justin Bieber’s tour dates.
After the death of her father last March 5, Maria Gabriela continues to enjoy a privileged life. She still lives in the official residence with her family (she’s a single mother to a teenage daughter) and is using the official aircraft. She used to accompany her dad to official events, but now she has no recognized occupation and devotes much of her time to exalt the figure of Chavez, whom she calls “Giant,” using her Twitter account (@ Maby80).
Most of all, the “spoiled child” of Hugo Chavez is famous for her romances, including relationships with a grandson of Salvador Allende and Formula 1 driver, Pastor Maldonado. Currently, she’s in the news for her relationship with Manuel “Coco” Sosa, a culebrones star. On April 20, she posted a picture of the two of them, smiling and hugging and wrote “With all our love to all of you! We love you!”
Florencia Kirchner (23)
Known as Flor or Floppy, the youngest daughter of Cristina Kirchner has always enjoyed a privileged life. At age 23, she is the heiress to a billionaire fortune amassed between her mother and father, former President Nestor Kirchner who died in 2010. With her black bangs and aquiline profile, for which she has been compared to Lady Gaga, Flor is a young rebel who has starred in a few of her own scandals.
Recently, she was widely criticized for traveling to Paris and Rome with her cousin and six bodyguards. While Argentinian citizens suffer the cepo cambiario (restrictions on buying foreign currency), Kirchner’s daughter spent her time shopping at chic boutiques (Louis Vuitton is reportedly Flor and Cristina’s favorite) and dining at fancy restaurants. In addition, Flor likes traveling in private jets. In 2010, the press reported that she often used the official presidential plane, Tango 01, even using it to attend a friend’s birthday party. She probably inherited those manners from her mother who, soon after that event, made use of the plane to get her son Max, who had suffered an injury in an accident, back to Buenos Aires.
Flor Kirchner studied at the prestigious New York Film Academy in New York. There, some sources say, she lived in a room on the campus, while others say she settled into a luxurious apartment property belonging to her family. After the death of her father, who she reportedly adored, Flor returned to Buenos Aires and is currently working political events and traveling with her mother.
Eva Liz Morales (19)
Eva Liz Morales Alvarado was a Cinderella who turned into a princess when her father, Evo Morales, assumed leadership of Bolivia in 2006. As a child, she lived with her mother, Francisca Alvarado, who was a humble peasant leader. After seven years fighting in courts, Francisca got the justice to force Morales to recognize Eva Liz as his daughter and assign her a monthly pension.
When he took the presidential chair, Morales opened the gates of the Government House to the one he already considered “his girl” and assigned her the role of first lady for some international events. Eva Liz has accompanied Morales wearing Chanel suits and catching everyone’s eyes with her remarkable beauty.
Unlike Kirchner or Chavez, Eva Liz lives in an apartment near the Bolivian Catholic University, where she studies law. “She’s very quiet, a nice girl, I’ve never seen her boasting of being the president’s daughter,” one of her companions told the press. Eva Liz is also fond of Twitter and Facebook: “For a father like you there are no distances, no unattainable things, no difficulties. The word ‘impossible’ does not exist. I love you so much, daddy, thank you for your support and love,” she recently posted.