Beauty queen Catherine Cando dies during plastic surgery she won as pageant prize

Jan 19, 2015 0

It seems an unusual ‘prize’ for winning a beauty contest, but plastic surgery is exactly what Catherine Cando got. And it killed her.

During a botched liposuction procedure on January, the 19-year-old Ecuadorian beauty queen died.

The treatment was one of several prizes, along with a car and a smart tablet, she received for winning the local Queen of Duran contest last October.

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Meet a real-life ‘Sleeping Beauty’ who sleeps 22 hours a day

Jan 9, 2015 19

A real-life “Sleeping Beauty,” who sleeps up to 22 hours a day, says her life is anything but a fairytale.

Beth Goodier, 20, of England, suffers from Kleine-Levin Syndrome, which can leave her awake for only two hours a day for up to five weeks at a time, according to the Caters News Agency

“It’s nothing beautiful, it’s nothing romantic, it’s horrible,” she said in a recent BBC report

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Former Farmer Crowned as Miss Uganda

Oct 26, 2014 3

Kampala (AFP) – A former mushroom and poultry farmer has been crowned Miss Uganda following a major rebranding of the annual beauty pageant, which saw the glamour of the catwalk ditched for an army-sponsored boot camp on a farm.

Leah Kalanguka, 23, beat off 19 other finalists after a competition that is now designed to promote agriculture in the east African nation.

Besides having to field questions on farming on stage, contestants also had to milk cows and work with goats and sheep.

“The youth will love agriculture because it goes hand in hand with beauty. Right now, farming is mostly done by elderly women,” Kalanguka, wearing a gold dress, tiara and a sash, told AFP during late Saturday’s awards ceremony.

After years of following the more traditional beauty pageant formula, organisers applied the theme of ‘promoting agriculture entrepreneurship among the youth’ to the event and partnered with the Ugandan army — which has major business interests in the farm sector.

“It’s a great direction because the agriculture sector has great opportunity for jobs, so I’m simply grateful that it took that direction and I would really love to see it promoted in our country because it is the backbone,” Kalanguka commented.

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Leah Kalanguka, newly elected Miss Uganda, poses for a picture in Kampala on October 26, 2014 (AFP P …

At the awards ceremony, finalists were quizzed about farming on stage.

One contestant, Sheila, was asked “what opportunity can family farming represent for the youth?” She replied promptly: “If you’re a youth or a young child and you notice that your family is carrying out agriculture it would motivate you to go on carrying on the same thing.”

– ‘Beauty with a purpose’ –

Organiser Joram Muzira said the show was aimed at doing something “very different” to the traditional model for such events.

“The girls have learned so many life changing experiences, they learned to go out there and create jobs from themselves, which is very different from the past editions of Miss Uganda that we have been doing,” he said.

“We focus more on job creation that celebrate beauty with a purpose.”

Co-host Roger Mugisha, a Ugandan radio presenter, told the audience that Miss Uganda “has to represent Ugandan values”.

“Agriculture is a Ugandan value and we salute that,” he said.

Kalanguka, who has studied computer engineering and science at Makerere University in Kampala, where she lives, said she was “so happy” and “overwhelmed” to be crowned Miss Uganda — which saw her win a small car.

“I did not expect this to happen,” gushed the winner.

Organisers said the top finalists will eventually be used to market produce including potato flour, mango juice, cornflakes and honey.

Courtesy: AFP

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