Tuesday, the finale of the Miss Grand International beauty pageant will take place in Las Vegas, but Miss Iceland will not be in attendance.
Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir, 20, is from Reykjavik, Iceland, and up until recently, she was set to compete in the Miss Grand International finals.
That all changed, though, when the former gymnast reportedly received a letter from Nawat Itsaragrisil, Thai television host and Miss Grand International founder, informing her she was too fat and should "stop eating" if she wanted to do well in the competition.
In his cruel letter, Itsaragrisil reportedly wrote,
Stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest. ...[Itsaragrisil] is telling you this because he likes you and wants you to do well in this contest.
After getting the letter, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir decided to withdraw from the competition, telling The Iceland Monitor,
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. 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 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.
Way to go, Arna. There is no place for body-shaming in this competition or anywhere else in the world. Also, I think this Nawat Itsaragrisil guy needs to have his head examined.