To save my own life, I cannot figure out the appeal of "beauty" pageants...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forty minutes into her reign as Miss Universe, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed during a post-pageant news conference and was rushed offstage on Sunday night.
Pageant officials immediately said the lithe 5-foot-9 18-year-old was all right and had fainted.
"She's OK. She's fine," pageant representative Lark Anton told Reuters. "She got dizzy. Its very hot up here. Her dress is tight - as you could see it was beaded and heavy. She passed out."
If you are so starved of life-sustaining nutrients that your waifish frame cannot even hold up a skimpy dress...perhaps you should consider mixing in a sandwich or two between practicing your "talent" and taping your boobs.
What is the message anyway, that pageant competition sends to young girls?
Answer: that you are only as valuable as you are appealing to men. I'm no feminist, and I support women doing anything they want to, including ridiculous pageants but, if I had a daughter there would be none of this pageant nonsense.
"But Ed", you argue, "there are scholarships to be had, girls can land lucrative modelling contracts. It doesn't matter if they have to objectify themselves to leering men."
There are lots better ways of getting scholarships than parading around in skimpy swimsuits and high-heels looking like hookers. Try studying. And starving yourself to the point of fainting is just idiotic.