Pageant owner told Miss Iceland she’s too fat to compete and she hit back with the best response
Another day, another man telling a healthy woman she’s too fat to be hot. The owner of one of the largest international competitions, Miss Grand International, told the 2015 Miss Iceland she was too fat to compete in the pageant. Luckily, her response was to simply laugh in his big, salad-loving face. Miss Grand International’s finale is on Tuesday in Las Vegas, and Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir, who was crowned Miss Iceland in 2015, has been competing since earlier this month for the prize. Until she got a “message” from pageant owner and Thai TV personality Nawat Itsaragrisil late last week. Jónsdóttir was reportedly told,”Stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest.”
The message was relayed to the contestant by a spokesperson who assured her it was for her own good. “[Itsaragrisil] is telling you this because he likes you and wants you to do well in this contest,” the message read, according to The Iceland Monitor. Jónsdóttir did the best thing any woman could do in that situation — she quit 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 told the local paper.
How do you say “thank you, queeeeen” in Icelandic?
Jónsdóttir added, “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 then she said she tried not take it personally, but who doesn’t go “what the hell?!” and stare into the mirror for a split second after hearing that they should skip meals and eat just raw veggies and drink water for days to win a beauty pageant?
“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 said.
I’m personally impressed that Jónsdóttir’s message to the pageant owner didn’t focus on the fact that she’s not fat. Or that his suggestion is straight up unhealthy and dangerous (starving yourself messes with your heart and your organs and you can make yourself sick skipping meals). Because focusing on her actual body or what she should eat distracts from the actual problem — that a male owner of a beauty pageant told a woman how to regulate her body.
Even better, she landed a deal with Nike after quitting this weekend and telling Miss Grand International to shove its salad and body-shaming up its ass. Arna, you’re my new hero.