Beauty pageants: the latest victim

I thought I had said everything I needed to say about beauty pageants: they’re a social disease.

And that disease has claimed a new victim. The Croatian Times reports:

A would-be beauty queen dropped dead on stage after defying doctors’ warnings about her weak heart.

Olga Shkolkina, 20, collapsed after starving herself and guzzling slimming pills so she could lose weight for the contest in Saransk, central Russia.

The student fell to the floor after completing an energetic dance routine in the university Miss Economics Faculty pageant which medics fear was too much for her heart, reports Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

“She wanted to win the contest so badly she ignored the fact that she was ill,” explained one fellow student.

The Miss Economics Faculty pageant?