We unfortunately don’t know for how long will women across the world be judged on bizarre beauty standards, but thankfully these women have certainly learnt to give it back and not to tolerate such nonsense.
Be it for the colour of their skin, body type and/or weight and even style, the world is too quick to criticise and define them as not beautiful enough. Times change and so do beauty standards, but for too long have impossible parameters been set by Photoshopped bodies of models in magazines and advertisements. We know they’re unrealistic, and yet we rush to follow them.
Be it Donald Trump humiliating former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and calling her ‘Miss Piggy’ after she gained weight in 1996 or recently when a Facebook user thought Pakistani singer Momina Mustehsan was not ‘pretty’, women have been insulted over and over again.
Well, recently, Miss Iceland 2015 Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir gave a befitting reply to the owner of the beauty pageant who thought she was “too fat”.
According to a report by the Iceland Monitor, the owner of the Miss Grand International beauty contest said she was too fat and needed to lose weight before the grand finale on Tuesday (October 25). “Stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest,” was the ridiculous advice passed on to her by owner of the Miss Grand International beauty contest and Thai TV presenter Nawat Itsaragrisil.
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Jónsdóttir, who is also Miss Euro 2016, had been preparing for the contest since October 8, aptly replied, “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.”
Miss Iceland, who is also an athlete, flared, “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.”
And yes she said it just right, “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.”
Saying no to such prejudiced and depleted remark she vowed, “I no longer have any interest in doing my best in this competition after receiving that message,” the report added. “This is definitely the last contest I shall be taking part in.”
Since the crude remark, the sporting star has been posting various pictures on her Instagram account, where it is also revealed that she is part of Nike’s sporting ad and proud of her athletic career.
The big question is if winner of two beauty pageants can be insulted for not being up to the marks by ‘beauty standards’ how do these people judge women.