Yet another depressing example of everything that’s wrong with the way this world views women.
When most people look at Miss Iceland 2015 model, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir, they see a stunningly beautiful, slim woman.
Not so for this year’s Miss Grand International beauty contest owner, who allegedly told Jónsdóttir to “stop eating” in order to lose weight for the show’s finale if she wanted to stand any chance of winning; the insinuation being the lithe model was too heavy to compete.
According to The Iceland Monitor, Jónsdóttir was pulled aside and cautioned to, “Stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest”.
Understandably, the model was not impressed.
“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,” Jónsdóttir told The Iceland Monitor.
“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.”
I’m a big supporter of women chasing after their dreams, whatever career path that may lead them down, but it’s hard to find anything positive to say about the modelling industry, which continues to reinforce dangerously impossible – not to mention unhealthy – ideals, pushing those desperate to make it to the top in their field to take major risks with their health in order to succeed.
Even women who aren’t models and are already on the lower end of the BMI for their age and height aren’t immune to the pressure to subscribe to the thinness ideal. In 2009, untouched photos from a Complex magazine shoot were leaked online of Kim Kardashian revealing dramatic Photoshopping of her thighs and stomach; Kate Middleton infamously had her tiny size zero waist whittled down on the cover of tabloid magazine, Grazia in 2011, and most recently, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid appeared on the cover of W magazine’s 10th anniversary art issue without knees – an apparent Photoshop fail that occurred after the models’ already thin legs were slimmed down.
Though our views on body image are slowly but surely shifting, with the introduction of plus-size models on the runway at this year’s New York Fashion Week and even the notoriously underweight Barbie undergoing a reality check with maker, Mattel, announcing three new more realistic body shapes for the doll earlier this year, we still – clearly – have a long way to go. At least until we can live in a world where women aren’t recommended to “stop eating” in order to attain an impossible ideal.
FYI: Miss Iceland has since announced she’s opted out of continuing in the Miss Grand International beauty contest. I think she made the right choice.
Images via instagram.com.
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