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Tragic Stories of Beauty Queens

Not all beauty queens have lived a happy life. While some struggled to get over breakups, few succumbed to incurable diseases and others became victims of crime and violence.

Agnieszka Kotlarska (1972 -1996)


Agnieszka Kotlarska miss international


Miss International 1991 Agnieszka Kotlarska's death in the year 1996 shocked many. She was given a second life after she backed out from boarding a plane that crashed and killed all its passengers. Unfortunately, two months later she was stabbed to death by her stalker.

Nafisa Joseph (1978-2004)


Miss India Universe 1997 Nafisa Joseph hanged herself at her flat in Versova in Mumbai on July 29, 2004. She was crowned Miss India at the age of 19. Nafisa's parents told reporters the model ended her life after her wedding with businessman Gautam Khanduja was called off. According to media reports, Nafisa Joseph discovered that Khanduja was still married and not divorced as he had claimed.

The last ever pictures off Nafisa Joseph before she was cremated
The last ever pictures off Nafisa Joseph before she was cremated

Magdalena Jaworska (1961 - 1994)


Magdalena Jaworska


1984 Miss Poland Magdalena Jaworska, represented her country in the Miss World 1984 and Miss Europe 1985 pageants. Magdalena died at 33 on July 8, 1994 in her apartment due to electrocution when she dropped a hairdryer into the water while taking a bath.

Csilla Molnar (1969-1986)


Budapest, 1985. október 5. Molnár Csilla Andrea fellépésre vár a Budapest Kongresszusi Központban október 5-én. E napon a Magyarország szépe versenyen királynővé avatták Molnár Csilla Andrea 16 éves fonyódi gimnazistát, udvarhölgyeivé Kruppa Judit 19 éves dunaújvárosi óvónőt és Füstös Veronika 18 éves budapesti női fodrászt. MTI Fotó: Benkő Imre


Crowned Miss Hungary in 1985, the 17-year-old committed suicide on July 10, 1986. Earlier in a radio interview she said, "I don't know whether I can bear this, everybody is harassing me. They (People) ask: Where and from whom did you get those beautiful clothes? Who helped you? Do you or your father have special connections with the jury? And so on".

Maria Susana Flores Gamez (1992-2012)


Maria Susana Flores Gamez


Beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez was crowned Miss Sinaloa 2012. She was killed in northern Mexico during a running gun battle between soldiers and the gang of drug traffickers she was travelling with. It was reported that her body was found lying near an assault rifle on a rural road in a mountainous area in the state of Sinaloa. It was unclear if she used the weapon.

Mariana Bridi Costa (1988 - 2009)


Mariana Bridi Costa


She began her career at an early age of 14. She secured the fourth place in the Miss World Brazil 2006 beauty pageant and participated in the Miss Bikini International contest the following year.

In December 2008, Bridi was (initially) misdiagnosed with kidney infection and by early January, medical reports confirmed a urinary tract infection that worsened to become septic. Sadly, the sepsis caused tissue necrosis in her feet and hands which were later amputated in an attempt to save her life. During her final surgery, a part of her stomach was also removed. She died on the morning of January 24, 2009. Severe sepsis, urinary infection and abdominal bleeding led to multiple-organ failure.

 Mofya Chisenga (1983-2011)


Mofya Chisenga

Moyfa represented Zambia at the 2006 Miss Universe pageant, Miss Tourism Queen International Pageant 2005 in China and the Miss Leisure World 2008 pageant in China. According to reports, she was admitted with malaria in pregnancy and later discharged. However, she was again brought in a critical condition. According to reports, she died on the same night after delivering the baby.

Maria Jose Alvarado (1995 - 2014)


Maria Jose Alvarado
Maria Jose Alvarado

Maria Jose was Miss Honduras World 2014. She had been scheduled to compete at the Miss World 2014 contest in London in December 2014, but was murdered a few days before the pageant.

On 19 November, the same day María José had been expected to travel to London, the sisters' bodies were found. They had both been shot and buried in a field near Cablotales. Plutarco Ruiz, Sofía Trinidad's boyfriend, as well as another man, Aris Maldonado, were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder of the two sisters. Ruiz confessed to the murders, stating he had shot Sofía Trinidad after an argument on the night of the party, then shot María José twice in the back as she tried to flee.

Monica Spear (1984 - 2014)


Monica Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004, she represented her country at Miss Universe 2005 where she became the fourth runner-up.

On January 6, 2014, Spear was in her native Venezuela on vacation with her ex-husband and their five-year-old daughter. On a highway in central Carabobo, when the three were inside their car waiting for assistance after the vehicle had broken down, Spear and her ex-husband were killed during an attempted robbery and their daughter shot and wounded in the leg. The police reported that the incident occurred around 9 or 10 p.m. It has been theorized that the thieves tried to rob them and the couple resisted.

En esta foto del 23 de mayo del 2005 difundida por la organización Miss Universo, Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela 2005, posa para un retrato previo al certamen Miss Universo en Bangkok, Tailandia. Spear, de 29 años, fue asesinada con su ex esposo, de 39, por delincuentes que los atracaron mientras se encontraban varados en una autopista cerca de Caracas, Venezuela el lunes 6 de enero del 2013. Su hija de 5 años fue herida. (AP Foto/Miss Universo, Darren Decker, Archivo)
En esta foto del 23 de mayo del 2005 difundida por la organización Miss Universo, Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela 2005, posa para un retrato previo al certamen Miss Universo en Bangkok, Tailandia. Spear, de 29 años, fue asesinada con su ex esposo, de 39, por delincuentes que los atracaron mientras se encontraban varados en una autopista cerca de Caracas, Venezuela el lunes 6 de enero del 2013. Su hija de 5 años fue herida. (AP Foto/Miss Universo, Darren Decker, Archivo)
 
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