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Hangry Hippocrite!: Beauty Queen Loses Crown Due To Weight Gain

August 25, 2011

A Mexican beauty queen is claiming that her crown was taken away from her, preventing her from competing in the Miss World pageant this year, as a result of her recent weight gain. Cynthia de la Vega is a 19 year old beauty queen who put on some weight from the stress of the upcoming pageants, and has been “stripped…of the first runner-up title and disqualified from competing in Miss World.”

“I feel healthy enough to represent my country, and I think this is an injustice,” Cynthia de la Vega told CNN en Espanol Wednesday.

Ugh oy what a mess. The head of the Nuestra Belleza which represents and disqualified Vega claims that it was not due to her weight gain, but “a lack of dedication and discipline…[as she] did not comply with the recommendations and goals agreed upon for her preparation.” But yet they provide no examples as proof and seriously? With the mess that pageant winners in the past have pulled (see here and here and here and here, just to name a few of the specimens who have flashed their nalgas in public and/or been busted with drugs and/or made death threats to officials and/or blackmailing and sabotaging other contestants), please explain what this woman has done other than put on a few pounds that lacks “discipline and dedication”? De la Vega even hired a nutritionist on her own after dealing with backlash for her weight and receiving no support from her sponsor organization and lost the 6 pounds that she had put on.

Cynthia de la Vega: Beauty Queen Wronged

Cynthia de la Vega: Beauty Queen Wronged

This is absolutely outrageous and appalling. The standards of beauty in our world today have spun completely out of control. And not suprisingly not the first time this has happened. Miss San Antonio, a size 2, this year filed a suit against the organization that stripped her of her title after…weight gain.

Domonique Ramirez, the size-2 beauty queen who may be stripped of her Miss San Antonio crown after allegedly being told to “get off the tacos” and to lose 13 pounds, denied on TODAY she had violated the weight clause of her contract, which she says was the reason, among other things, that led to her being fired.

Ugh. So, clearly, none of this is surprising. A beauty contest is a beauty contest is a beauty contest, and these women are being judged on beauty, right? Let’s see the response of Ramirez herself to this exact point:

“No one should ever have to be treated this way,” Ramirez said about the ordeal. She said she’s fighting for her crown because “this is beyond me, it’s beyond the pageant directors. It’s Miss America. It’s about scholarship and education.”

[She explains] that nowhere in her contract does it specify she has to be a certain weight and size, and if she did gain any weight it was because she was working with a personal trainer and gained muscle — not fat.

“Do I look like I need to lose 13 pounds?” she told NBC News. “If I lost 13 pounds, I’d be anorexic.”

This is absolutely ludicrous that anyone should have to defend him/herself against in a situation as pathetic and absurd as this. Is there really any surprise that “…anorexia nervosa and bulimia, are on the increase among teenage girls and young women“? I’m just so sick of this bull. I really do not have anything left to say about the sorry state of weight and beauty in the media, except for this one last question: when did beauty queen winners start being the most sensible, well-rounded people in any situation??

Lessons learned from this: a) beauty in our society and even global atmosphere is only thin-deep and anyone who even remotely bucks that trend will suffer the consequences, b) beauty queens are smarter than we think, and c) every time I think I cannot get more offended by the news, I am.

(Image courtesy of Newsoxy, essential news site)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2011 11:23 am

    Judge me on my appearance! Wait, no — don’t judge me on my appearance!

  2. Ben permalink
    August 26, 2011 11:27 am

    In the video a woman appears to be testifying on behalf of Dominique Ramirez in the trial that Dominique eventually won to reinstate her title. This woman testifies: “Dominique is not fat by any stretch of the imagination. She is a beautiful girl.” [with particular emphasis on the word "beautiful"] This statement apparently helped win the case.

  3. John permalink
    August 26, 2011 3:21 pm

    wow this is unbelievable. at this point it seems like they will do anything to get publicity for beauty pageants.

  4. September 14, 2011 8:11 pm

    I love the gendered aspect of this, and by love I mean am sickened by. Everyone is still cool with male athletes shooting steroids and having sordid personal lives and any number of controversial things right? I’m curious if these crowns are taken away because of other changes to one’s physique like plastic surgery for instance, or are things like boob jobs encouraged?

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