By RAY QUIROGA
South Padre Parade
When the South Padre Parade caught-up with Port Isabel’s own Christina Salazar, Ms. Tecate 2012, at SPI’s Padre Rock, it had already been a rough day. And by this point, nothing seemed to go right: The portrait lighting system went down, the batteries in the handheld flash died; by request, the good folks at Padre Rock even had to break out the ducttape to keep the ‘ol Canon digital together.
So here’s this classy, professional lady, Ms. Tecate 2012 no less, who has worked with some of the most creative people in the state and beyond (not to mention that the crew at Padre Rock opened their doors for us), and here I am: barefoot, sporting a tank top, baseball cap, and shorts, all the while griping a barely useable camera. She may not admit this now, but she paused, pushed her head away, and gave me a quick once over as she shook my hand.
Upon briefing her on the situation, I paused then bluntly asked, “So, why did you agree to do this?”
With that, the world slowed down a bit, and as we got started, what proved true is that when Christina Salazar is at thereceiving end of a camera lens, she does not take a bad shot.
Christina was born and raised in Port Isabel where she spent most of her childhood and young adulthood. Today, at the age of 30, she finds herself realizing a level of success she could only dream about as a child growing up humbly in a trailer just outside the Port Isabel City Limits.
But if you think this petite firecracker is about beauty and beauty alone, you are sorely mistaken. At a young age, Christina was fascinated with the Arts. Winning numerous awards for her talents in music and art, Christina began painting in 2004 at the age of 23. Since then, she has won some of the highest and most prestigious accolades for her talents as well as having her art exhibited in galleries located throughout the Lone Star region.
Christina relocated to Houston in 2011 to pursue a career as an artist and quickly found herself living the starving artist cliché. Desperate and on a whim, she entered the Chica Tecate model search for 2012 and won her title representing Texas as Ms. Tecate.
Christina went on to compete with other women across the United States for the opportunity to be one of the four “Chicas Tecate” chosen from five cities and 10 finalists. The Texas girl from the beach was crowned one of four winners and was awarded a $20,000 contract with Tecate Boxing for 2012 to represent the brand. She is also featured in the 2012 Tecate Boxing Facebook Chica Tecate Calendar.
Currently, “Ms. February” travels to Tecate Boxing events throughout the country as one of the four official spokes models for the brand. She has appeared in Los Angeles for the Canelo versus Gomez fight, and worked the HBO-televised Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. versus Rubio fight as a ring girl.
She also recently became a finalist and runner-up for the “BEBE It Girl” campaign for 2012 and is currently their ambassador. Rounding all that off, Christina is also a member of the 2012 South Padre Bikini Team.
It’s also worth mentioning that she’s got quite a brain inside that pretty little head of hers and can quickly turn the conversation from today’s politics, to Keynesian economics, to the finer points of good tequila, to how Worhol is a hack and how Frida schooled Diego every day of the week. So boys, if you think you can’t keep up with this fierce force of nature, then don’t even try.