The foundation also gave scholarships, built homes, hospitals, and other charitable institutions. Not until was it learned that soldiers in the new government, fearing that Eva could remain a symbolic figure for the poor—even in death—had removed her body and buried her in Italy.
In an effort to better control her image, Eva purchased her own newspaper, the Democracia. Eva was not yet a year old.
No longer did she wear the elaborate hats and form-fitting dresses of Argentine designers. Her parents, Juan Duarte and Juana Ibarguren, were not married, and her father had a wife and another family.
Soon she adopted simpler and more fashionable Paris couture and became particularly attached to the fashions of Christian Dior and the jewels of Cartier. Though it was unnecessary from a practical standpoint, Evita set aside many hours per day to meet with the poor who requested help from her foundation.
This would make it seem that Eva's sympathies were not specifically with Francoist Spain but with all of Europe. This move angered many military leaders who despised Evita and her increasing powers within the government. Wealthy landowners, however, did not trust him and feared he wielded too much power.
Eventually, she declined the invitation to run for vice-president. In Peronist rhetoric, this event has come to be referred to as "The Renunciation", portraying Evita as having been a selfless woman in line with the Hispanic myth of marianismo.