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Beauty Jungle Prisoner

Winning national and international beauty crowns are supposed to be a positive experience but not in my case

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Hi, girls you all must be very happy after you have won the national and international beauty crowns?

We are happy but it was a horrible experience.

Why what happened?

Before I won the national, I was made to sign a contract and pay the organisers Rs 50,000.

Had you to pay them? I thought they paid you when you won?

Not at all, that is all for the media. I had to pay if I caused any damage to the organiser's property while being trained.

What could you damage?

Well, I broke a glass during lunch and they cut Rs 1,000 for it.

Oh dear and what about you? Didn't you win the international contest?

Yes, I did but it was great when I was crowned but after that it was hell.

Why what happened? The sponsors showered you with gifts?

Yes, but I never got them, they were all taken away by the wives of the organisers.

Oh, that is so horrible. But you were living abroad, wined, dined and feted by the organisation and travelled around the world.

That's what everyone thinks, but I lived in a little room at the back of the organiser's house. Ate in the kitchen and was allowed one 3-minute phone call a week to my family. It was like a prison.

But you were dressed in gorgeous designer clothes and met kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers of the world.

I did but the clothes were hired. I came back with the three dresses that my parents had given me.


But weren't you paid great prize money?

No, it was only publicity. The organisers charged people for my appearance but I never got a cent for it.

That is so sad.

I had to smile and give inspiring speeches all over the world about love for children, environment and world peace.

That sounds so fake!

Yes, it was.

What about you, how were your years as a beauty queen?

It was bad; I couldn't do a thing without the organisers' consent.

Really, how was this done?

I couldn't walk, talk, dress or eat, without their okay. They even told me how to brush my teeth and comb my hair for the 3 years after I won, since I had signed a contract before the contest.

I can't believe this, it sounds terrible.

It is. Now all I have is the title to my name everything else was just for show. But even the title is useless since there are so many beauty queens selected all over the country every year.

So what are you planning to do now that it's all over?

The first thing I will do is celebrate and do whatever I want to do now that I am free and out of this beauty jungle.

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Meher Castelino

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