This is the female bodybuilder who has helped Spain’s far-right Vox political party make make gains of nearly 3,000 percent in the general elections.
Fifty-two-year-old bodybuilder Paloma Parra stood for the right-wing VOX party in Spain’s general elections and the party’s share of the vote increased from 0.2 percent to 10.23 percent overall.
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Parra was standing in the city of Leganes, which part of the greater conurbation of Spain’s capital Madrid and she managed to secure 10.68 percent of the votes in the area, compared with just 0.35 percent for Vox in Leganes in the elections in 2016, which represents an increase of 2,951 percent. She finished fifth in voting in the district.
She wrote on her social media page before the election: “Well, it’s official. I’m number 10 on Vox’s list.
“I don’t know if these will make many of you change your opinion about me or even stop being friends. I will never relate a political ideology, a religion or even a football team with friendship because for me friendship is respect and tolerance. And if anyone is annoyed you already know what you have to do and of course, thanks for showing me how far your friendship goes. LONG LIVE SPAIN.”
The bodybuilder has over 57,000 followers on Instagram and local media report her number of followers shot up by 5,000 after she announced she was running for Vox.
She first announced her links to the far-right party in January, writing on social media: “Tired of all this nonsense let’s see if this changes it a bit. I’m not going to be one of those who suffer in silence. There are many people in this country who act in silence so they aren’t lynched in this “very democratic” country.”
Vox, founded in 2013, opposes multiculturalism, unrestricted migration, and what it calls “radical feminism”.
Support for Vox has been boosted by anger at separatists in the province of Catalonia, who want independence from Spain. Vox opposes any concessions to the secessionists.