Miss Iceland 2015, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir — who clearly is STUNNING with a capital “LOVELY” — was told she needed to lose weight if she wanted to compete in the Miss Grand International beauty contest.
According to the Iceland Monitor, a competition spokesperson told Jónsdóttir, 20, to “stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest,” and that the advice was given to her because the owner of Miss Grand International, Thai TV presenter Nawat Itsaragrisil, “likes you and wants you to do well in this contest.”
Lettuce and water? Sounds totally healthy!
Jónsdóttir, understandably displeased with the “suggestion,” told the news outlet that she was not willing to change her body for the pageant.
“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,” she said. “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.”
“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,” she continued.
According to the contest website, the Miss Grand International contest is one of the world’s five major international beauty pageants and “the advocacy and mission of Miss Grand International beauty pageant are committed to spread the message of happiness and we will take a stand and say ‘Stop the War and Violence’.”
And muffin tops. Don’t forget muffin tops. High global priority.
Arna Ýr, for one, does not believe they are promoting a message of happiness.
“I no longer have any interest in doing my best in this competition after receiving that message,” she says. “This is definitely the last contest I shall be taking part in.”
Here’s hoping all beauty contests fall the way of the dinosaur and jeggings. (Not that I, uh, still longingly eye the jeggings stuffed in the back of my drawer. *Ahem*)