Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the 54-year-old first lady of Argentina, may be the favorite to win the Oct. 28 presidential election, but actress, model and showgirl Luli Love, — aka Luciana Salazar — is getting plenty of attention.
The 26-year-old vows to create “a sexier country,” and she’s running a showy campaign complete with a YouTube video (youtube.com/watch?v=GLCY9KjwkkA) and sizzling Web photos (www.lulilove.com).
The buzz has clearly boosted her career, helping her land roles in a Peruvian TV comedy and Argentine action-comedy “Bomb Squad: Pirate Mission.” She’ll perform in a legit comedy in Mar del Plata over the summer.
Salazar isn’t the only showbiz personality in the race. There’s also Fernando “Pino” Solanas, a vet filmmaker who previously held office as a congressman in the 1990s.
Solanas is trying to rally support by taking his film “Argentina Latente” — part of a trilogy about the country’s social problems — to clubs and schools. He’s filming the process and editing material into TV spots for his campaign.
Of course, entertainment and politics regularly intersect in Argentina. In the 2005 congressional election, a handful of entertainers vied for seats; helmer Jorge Coscia was the only one to succeed, with actress-host Moira Casan failing despite a flamboyant campaign.
“We may watch the actors,” says political analyst Carlos Germano, “but we’re not going to award them with votes.”