Softpedia.com - Mexican beauty queen Cynthia de la Vega is making a series of very damning claims against the Nuestra Belleza Mexico beauty pageant for stripping her of the crown and eliminating her from the Miss World race: they did it because I gained weight.
De la Vega came in second at the Nuestra Belleza contest, which means she won the chance (and the crown) to compete in this November’s Miss World pageant.
She would never compete now, since organizers took away her crown, thus blocking her from taking part in the very important pageant, the Daily Mail informs.
The beauty queen claims the decision was entirely based on the fact that she’s gained some weight since winning the crown. Organizers, on the other hand, say she was unprofessional and did not play by the well-known rules.
According to de la Vega, who’s already given several interviews to the press on the topic, organizers told her she needed to lose the weight she gained because of stress, but they hardly made an effort to assist her in it.
As such, they had no right to kick her out of the competition.
“Organizers of the Nuestra Belleza Mexico contest demanded that I lose a few kilos, but they never provided a nutritionist or any other assistance to ensure the weight loss,” Cynthia says, adding that they emailed her a “diet” consisting of eating “the same food during the whole month.”
“[A weight loss diet] should be specific for each day of the week and should also be supervised to make the necessary adjustments,” the beauty queen underlines.
“I feel healthy enough to represent my country, and I think this is an injustice. They took away the crown that I earned. That is mine,” de la Vega adds.
Organizers, on the other hand, are adamant that it was Cynthia’s fault that she was kicked out of the beauty pageant circuit.
“It was a lack of dedication and discipline. [She] did not comply with the recommendations and goals agreed upon for her preparation,” Nuestra Belleza says in a statement.
For Azkals striker Misagh Bahadoran, school was his key to get into football.
The 24-year-old Filipino-Iranian said he had to prioritize his studies before he could get his father's permission to join the national team.
"They invited me to join the Philippine football team but because my fist priority was my school and college, my dad did not allow me to go," said Bahadoran.
With years of hard work in school, he earned his college degree and was finally allowed to join the Azkals.
"I just graduated as a dentist from the Centro Escolar University," said a beaming Bahadoran. "He (his father) then allowed me to play football."
Bahadoran maintained a good relationship with football ever since he was a boy.
"My brother was a very good football player. I used to play football with him so I've loved football back when I was 5, 6 years old," he said.
Now that he fulfilled his father's wishes, he's glad to fulfill his own.
"My parents are happy with what I'm doing," he said.
Name: Misagh Medina Bahadoran
Birthday: January 10, 1987
Birthplace: Mabalacat, Pampanga
Position in the Azkals team: Left/ Right wing
Start of football career: He's been playing since he was 7
Where's your mother/father from?
My mom is Kapampangan. She's a Filipino and my dad is Iranian.
What leagues have you played in?
I played for Kaya FC, after that I went to Global FC. I'm also a national futsal player since 2006 and I was 2-time top scorer of Southeast Asia. We also qualified in AFC in Japan.
What made you decide to join the team?
I wanted to try Philippine football team which before was not Azkals in 2007. They invited me to join the Philippine football team but because my fist priority was my school and college, my dad did not allow me to go. But I just graduated as a dentist from the Centro Escolar University. He then allowed me to play football. They invited me, Dan Palami, manager of Global FC, same manager of the Azkals.
What's your pet peeve? What's the thing that you hate the most?
When my dad or my parents keep on asking me 'Where are you? What are you doing? Why are you late?' I hate that.
What's the best thing you like about football?
The thing I really love about football is the challenge and the winning because when we win, I really love it. People are screaming and my parents are happy with what I'm doing.