May Brandt She rose to fame when she was crowned Miss Venezuela, the country’s premier beauty pageant, in 1980. Nevertheless, The Venezuelan press did not see their triumph with good eyes and constantly criticized them. Besides, he was alive stormy marriage with actor Jean Carlo Simancas, whose macho attitude prevented him from developing as a model.
The model’s experiences, as well as the lack of support from her family, may have influenced her fateful decision 40 years ago.
Who was Maye Brandt?
On April 28, 1961, María Xavier Brandt Angulo, or better known as Maye Brandt, was born, one of the winners of the most important national beauty pageant for women in Venezuela that takes place every year. Young Maye wanted to study social communication; However, he gained international fame in 1980 as a representative of the Lara status at Miss Venezuela.
On May 8th he won the Title Miss Venezuela 1980after winning the hearts of the jury and the audience, but not the press, as the press was responsible for qualifying her as “ugly” and even predicting a bad position in Miss Universe.
Maye Brandt: a queen beaten by an insensitive press
Maye Brandt took part Miss Universe 1980 in Seoul, South Korea, without getting good results as it didn’t make the final table. However, the model continued to have the support of the public, although the press increased their criticism after her failure in the competition.
After passing the competition, Brandt was made an honorary member of the Caracas Metropolitan Police, a fact that becomes important because of later tragedy. As a gift, Maye received a uniform and a service pistol.
In 1981, the model presented the crown to Venezuelan Irene Sáez Conde. The end of his reign did not mean the end of his career. brand continued working and had a successful career as a model and after a short time married Jean Carlo Simancasa well-known soap opera actor.
Did machismo end Maye Brandt’s career?
According to relatives of Miss Venezuela, Jean Carlo SimancasMaye’s husband, was a dominant person the would have prevented his wife from continuing her work as a model.
Simancas is said He even forbade her from wearing makeup and having friends. Because of this, the couple used to quarrel frequently.
Maye Brandt: sad resolution
The forced arrest of Maye Brandt by her husband, the depressive symptoms and the media pressure she has been exposed to since she received the coveted title were apparently the reasons for one October 2, 1982 will kill him. In fact, the real reasons behind his decision are still unknown. What is clear is the machismo she was exposed to and from which she unfortunately could not escape.
How was Maye Brandt’s grave desecrated?
The administration of the Cemetery of the East decided to blow up a metal plate engraved with their dates in order to put plastic plates all over the cemetery to make the surroundings more aesthetic.
The alleged homosexuality of Jean Carlo Simancas
Before the tragedy, rumors were circulating about Simancas’ possible homosexuality, as it was alleged that the actor was in a relationship with Yanis Chimaras, which may have prompted Maye to take his own life. Nevertheless, These rumors have never been confirmed.
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