Miss United Kingdom, Zoiey Smale, has returned her crown to sender after being asked to “trim down” before the Miss United Continents pageant next month.
The catch is, Zoiey is a U.K. size 10 (which is equivalent to a U.S. size 6). Yep. We’re confused too.
Zoiey told The Daily Mail that in July, the national pageant director wanted to share some “feedback” prior to her next competition.
"She said to me, 'They want you to go on a diet plan and they want you to lose as much weight as possible for the finals.' I was like, 'Pardon?'"
The new mom (and foodie) was naturally infuriated, but instead of exchanging insults, she decided to claim headlines. Two weeks after the phone call, Zoiey decided to hand in her hard-earned crown despite a prior hiatus of competing due to the pressures.
In an exclusive with People magazine, Zoiey shared the statement below:
“My body has carried me through my 20+ years of being on this earth, allowed me to have a career I am very proud of, carry a child and the best thing of all, my body has never given up on me,” she said. “I have had some really amazing experiences through being in the pageant industry and made some lifelong friends and memories. However, I don’t believe anyone should be able to manipulate you and dull your sparkle.”
“If a pageant doesn’t want to utilize my capabilities because I am a size 10, then it’s their loss,” she added. “It’s a case of right girl, wrong pageant.”
The issue beauty standards is a big one, psychologically damaging to women across the board. While it's true, Zoiey did make the choice to be part of the pageant world, we are huge fans of the way that she defended herself — and her right to think her body is beautiful just as it is.
Of course, we applaud working on yourself, but losing an unhealthy amount of weight to get a crown doesn't make you a winner. The way that this organization tried to bully and shame Zoiey is totally inappropriate but, ultimately reflective of how the world puts pressure on women to "look a certain way."
(Photo: Zoiey via Instagram)
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