Beauty Queen refuses pageant title after being told to diet
A beauty queen headed for an international competition has returned her crown and withdrawn from the pageant after being told to lose weight by its organizers.
Zoiey Smale, who was named Miss United Kingdom in June, was slated to compete in the Miss United Continents pageant scheduled for September, 2017 in Ecuador. Instead, she handed over the title she won earlier this summer and pulled herself out of the competition after she was “asked to lose weight and go on a diet plan,” the 28-year-old explained in a Facebook post.
“It shocks me that there are still pageants out there who only view size 00 girls as role models,” Smale said. “Let me tell you something, pageant girls are more than just a number on a clothing tag. Real queens empower others, are intelligent and help communities come together.”
As a member of the pageant community for more than 10 years, Smale recalled “amazing competitions” and lamented over “international pageant directors bullying aspiring girls into believing the only way to be successful is to be thin.”
“I was branded ‘fat’ because I was a size 10,” the pageant winner and mother wrote. “I actually believed that I was so disgusting that no one would ever love me. How sad is that?”
Still, she’s come a long way over the course of her career.
“I love me and I will not change my body for anyone,” she continued. “If a pageant doesn’t want to utilise my capabilities because I am a size 10 then its their loss.”
Smale noted that her decision to quit was met with “the backing of thousands of people.”
“Knowing that you have the support of the masses means more than any title could bring,” she wrote in a separate post Wednesday. “At the end of the day, a crown is a crown and girls that chase that are doing it all wrong … Be the change and always help others.”