I need a romance novel inspired by this actual beauty pageant romance, now

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Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars heart eyes

Meet cutes is the backbone of romance novels. Everyone loves a good cute encounter. Yes, they can be a bit forced or overdone. But when done right, it makes you feel like love could be right around the corner for everyone. I mean, one of the most popular fanfiction tropes is the “Coffee Shop” alternate universe where the characters meet at a coffee shop. It doesn’t get any more banal than that.

But what if you don’t go to cafes? Or a sprained ankle on a long walk and a handsome stranger passes by? And how many times can we bear two people falling in love because they bumped into each other and dropped something? Sometimes real life can offer great inspiration. Like the beautiful, unexpected love story of Miss Argentina and Miss Puerto Rico. It’s so good it would make an amazing debut for a romance novel.

A beauty contest meets cute

It all started in 2020, during the Miss Grand International beauty pageant. Both Mariana Varela (formerly Miss Argentina) and Fabiola Valentín (formerly Miss Puerto Rico) participated in the pageant. Instead of just going home with a sash or a crown, they walked away from completion with their true love. The two women have kept the romance rather secret until now.

At the end of October, Mariana and Fabiola both announced their relationship on social networks. Now, not only do they love each other, but they just got married! The posts included several images from their romance so far, including their complementary beautiful white wedding outfits. They look so happy that it’s easy to feel the love through the screen.

This story is too good to be fair on social media. A fictionalized version of this tale must be a story, now. Imagine this: two women rushed and stressed by the pressure of being the top competitors on the beauty queen circuit met while doing makeup next to each other backstage. For the rest of the competition, it’s hard for either of them to concentrate because they’re so mesmerized by their fellow beauty queen. I mean, honestly, it’s written after that. Let’s put this novel on the fast track. Or we can restart Miss Conviviality, with this romance as a subplot. I’m sure Sandra Bullock would be there.

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