The title “Beauty Queen” makes most people picture a pretty specific type of person. They’re usually thin and fit, dressed in sparkles and heels, and they’re basically the textbook definition of conventionally attractive. Miss Iceland 2015 fits all of those descriptions, but still she was recently forced to quit a pageant over an issue with her weight.
Pageant queen and freakishly gorgeous human being Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir just dropped out of an upcoming beauty pageant after the contest’s owner told her she’s too fat to win.
According to the Iceland Monitor, 20-year-old Jónsdóttir was scheduled to compete in the upcoming Miss Grand International Pageant in Las Vegas. But, that all changed after pageant owner Nawat Itsaragrisil—who apparently has about as much respect for women as Donald Trump—told her she needed to “drop a few pounds” before the pageant’s finale.
Miss Iceland says she got the message from one of the owner’s spokespeople, who allegedly advised her to “stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest.”
In response to the absurd advice, Miss Iceland made an Instagram post letting fans know she’d be hanging out in Vegas, exploring the city and eating lots of good food.
Well played, girl.
Jónsdóttir also told the Iceland Monitor she has no interest in participating in other pageants after this incident.
“Personally, I think I’m fine as I am,” she told the paper. “I no longer have any interest in doing my best in this competition after receiving that message. This is definitely the last contest I shall be taking part in.”
Obviously, the pageant industry is heavily focused on appearance, but that doesn’t make body-shaming okay. It’s not acceptable to shame women on the street, and it’s not acceptable to go after pageant queens. Comments on a women’s weight and appearance don’t have place in our society, period, and it’s inspiring to see Miss Iceland standing up for each woman’s right to decide for herself what size her body should be.