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Nepal chooses plus size woman for Miss Universe

Nurse Jane Dipika Garret, 22, was named Miss Universe Nepal last weekend. She is the first candidate outside the “thin” standards to win the pageant in her country and one of the few to compete in Miss Universe, which will be held on November 18 in El Salvador.

The new Miss Universe Nepal was chosen on Saturday (9) in a competition with more than 20 candidates. Jane stood out among the other misses and right at the end of the event she was crowned as the country’s new beauty queen.

Jane is a big advocate of “body positivity” and women’s mental health. On social media, she shares photos encouraging her followers to embrace their bodies and accept themselves as they are.

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“As a curvy woman who does not meet certain beauty standards, I am here to represent women who have curves, who struggle with weight gain, who struggle with hormonal issues (…) I believe that there is no is only one type of beauty standard, but that every woman is beautiful as she is”, he said. For Jane, “beauty transcends more than a single model” and “every woman has an innate and unique beauty”.

This year, Miss Universe 2023 allowed married women and mothers to enter the competition. So far, two mothers have been chosen and will be on the world stage. Are they: Camila Avella (Miss Universe Colombia) and Michelle Cohn (Miss Universe Guatemala). In Brazil, the representative is Maria Brechane, born in Rio Grande do Sul.

Fatphobic comments

In 2017, Miss Siera Bearchell, who carried Canada’s banner, was the target of fatphobic criticism during the pageant. Before Miss Universe, she spoke out on social media by responding to a follower who criticized her body. “To be honest, I severely restricted my food intake in previous competitions and it was horrible, insecure and I never felt good enough. No matter how little I ate and how much weight I lost, I was constantly comparing myself to others and felt like I could lose even more weight,” he wrote.

“My mental perception did not match the physical body I saw in the mirror. There were days when I ate a protein bar, worked out for hours, and struggled to fall asleep because I was so hungry. My body is not naturally thin and that’s okay. I am healthy. I’m in shape. I’m sure. I am me. This is who I am now and I’m fine with it, so you should be too. My colleagues, remember that beauty and value start from within”, he added.

In addition to the Sierra, the Miss Universe 2021, Harnaaz Kaur, who has celiac disease, also had to deal with criticism on social media. In an interview with People, she said: “I definitely broke down a lot. Sometimes in the most unexpected moments. Every time I’m about to go on stage or something, all this comes to mind. Very sad.”

Elsewhere, Harnaaz commented: “Physically, I have grown, put on several kilos and increased my weight, which I feel completely comfortable with now. However, I was bullied to gain weight (…) I was very focused on my goal (during the competition) and did not think about my health.”

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