Read Alyssa’s complete account HERE.
It took Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella more than two years to finally come out in the open and share her personal pains during Miss Universe 2011 and how she was able to propel herself back to some degree of normalcy in life thereafter.
It is true that advancements in social media have done us both good and bad. In the case of beauty pageants, gone were the days when the competition would start and end with everyone relying on just traditional news reports and scattered photographs of what is actually happening in the host city. Except for eyewitness stories of people who are actually in the same place, there was no way to directly bash candidates and put down their feelings with great impact.
Nowadays, anyone can post anything online, upload non-regulated videos, alter photographs to make a humorous – albeit hurtful – statement, and fire away loose cannons in message boards. And Alyssa’s dangerously anorexic built during her stay in Sao Paulo was something feasted upon in more destructive ways than one.
I sympathize with her, especially during accounts of almost always binging on food just to gain more weight (and fat) on her body and not seeing any kind of “improvement” in size. Some people might actually fault her for even complaining about not gaining weight despite taking in so much calories. But this one is such a unique problem that would be hard to understand unless you are the one on the hot seat experiencing the endless bombardment of negativity and foul comments.
But beyond the specifics of Alyssa’s concerns, what really did her in and practically spoiled her entire stay in Sao Paulo was the constant pressures from other people (both live and online) pushing her to the edge of misery and downheartedness. There will always be those (both open and/or hiding behind a poster name) who find extreme satisfaction in dealing others an un-healthy dose of unhappiness. And at the rate our technology is advancing, there’s no guessing how much more sophisticated they can get in the near future.
My hope is that we extend some reasonable degree of understanding as to what these pageant ladies actually undergo in their attempts of winning a crown. Criticisms will always be welcome, but constant bashing and bullying should be self-regulated.