Miss Iceland Quits Body-Shaming Pageant

by Myla Cruz

21-year-old Reykjavik-born gymnast Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir, also known as Miss Iceland, dropped out of a competition plagued by body-shaming media and viewers. The beauty contestant was in the running to become Miss Grand International—one of the world’s five major international beauty pageants, which was held in Las Vegas late last month. 

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According to Jónsdóttir, she received an email that stated she should “stop eating” and that Nawat Itsaragrisil—the event founder, organizer and Thai TV presenter—wanted her to just eat salad drink water. 

Jónsdóttir was understandably taken off guard but reacted quickly, promptly explaining to The Icelandic Monitor, “If the owner of the contest really wants me to lose weight and doesn’t like me the way I am, then he doesn’t deserve to have me in the Top 10.” Adding, “Yes, my shoulders are a bit broader than the other girls,’ but that is because I was a member of the Icelandic national athletics team and I am proud of that.” She continues by adding, “Of course, I don’t take these comments to heart, but to do my best then hear this… Personally, I think I’m fine as I am.”

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Jónsdóttir recently elaborated about her feelings on the incident with this Facebook post, “I intend to stand up for myself, women everywhere, and the Icelandic people," she wrote. "I will not let them tell me I am too fat to look good on stage. I have quit. I will not be taking part in Miss Grand In­ternati­onal.” Her post poignantly concludes by exclaiming, “I am coming home a winner and the proudest Icelander in the world.” Kudos to you Miss Iceland. Kudos to you. 

Have you ever had to deal with being body-shamed personally or publicly? Share your experiences in the comments section below. 

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