Former Liberty Belles model Anna Paulina Luna announced her candidacy for Florida’s 13th Congressional District recently. With her pronouncement, she became the fifth Republican candidate to run against incumbent Rep. Charlie Crist.
Hispanic Republican Anna Paulina Luna, 30, made her bid for Congress in a video posted to her following on Instagram and Twitter on September 16th. Luna is a former Air Force Airman, model, Turning Point spokesperson, and political commentator.
She was featured briefly on the Fox News Network by host Rick Leventhal last year when she compared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “Herpes” and was quickly cut from the air. Since then, her political aspirations have transformed into a bid for congress.
Luna is running in a crowded field against U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, George Buck, Matt Becker, former attorney Sheila Griffin, and Iranian born Amanda Makki for Charlie Crist’s Congressional seat. Crist (a Democrat and former Florida governor) has occupied the 13th District’s Congressional office since 2017 and is up for re-election in 2020.
According to the Daily Wire, Luna suggested the issues most important to her are, “fighting for capitalism and against socialism, preserving the Second Amendment, taking care of the environment, and taking care of America’s military veterans.” Her introductory video unshakably states she’s a, “Warrior for our values, our constitution, and our country.”
Prior to her days as an activist and subsequent political dynamo, Luna has featured in Sports Illustrated, and Maxim’s Hometown-Hotties. At one point, she ranked second place in Maxim’s Homes for Wounded Warriors fundraising contest. In 2012 Luna even posed for us here at the Liberty Belles.
Although we’ve removed our photos of the newly minted candidate from social media, we are no less supportive of models aspiring to political office. While models shedding their swimsuits for a legislature approved pantsuit is certainly rare — it’s not entirely without precedence.
Our current model in chief and First Lady Melania Trump immediately leaps to mind. After all, her career as an eminent model is quite well known. However, Elizabeth Halseth the Republican senator from Nevada also modeled when she posed for Maxim in 2012 after vacating her office.
Despite the fact that it’s unusual in the United States, appearently models are attracted to political positions in other parts of the world. From 2008 to 2011, Mara Carfagna served as the Minister for Equal Opportunity in the Italian government. She’d formerly worked as a model and an attorney. Carfagna made Maxim’s “World’s hottest politicians” list in 2015.
In Russia, Alina Kabaeva held a State Duma Deputy position from 2007 to 2014 in the party of United Russia. Apart from being one of the most decorated gymnasts in world history, Kabaeva was also a cover model for FHM, Russian Vogue, and Maxim.
Luna’s history as a model could alienate liberal feminists fighting against female objectification — however it could actually bolster her chances with conservative voters who can appreciate a woman capitalizing on what she’s got. Given Luna’s unorthodox journey from modeling to positions of power, one could say she’s got a lot.
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