- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

An Icelandic beauty queen dropped out of the Miss Grand International pageant, claiming pageant organizers told her she had to lose weight before taking the stage in competition.

Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir posted her handwritten resignation note on her Instagram account, Mashable reported on Wednesday, confirming the allegation with contest organizers.

“She asked some questions and for suggestions from our staff which they’ve replied according to what they think, she may be a little bit fat and they recommended her, in good way, to try to lose some weight in order to improve her chance to win,” pageant president Nawat Itsaragrisil said, reported Mashable.

“In my country my body shape is perfect. And that’s what I’m gonna remember. No one will ever tell me anything else,” Ms. Jónsdóttir wrote.

Reactions on Ms. Jónsdóttir’s Instagram posting were largely positive.

“I hope others follow your exemple [sic] and we can get rid of these old fashioned shows for good!” said one Petri Suominen. “Girls need good and healthy examples like you instead.”

“Congrats and thank you! You are an amazing example for teenagers!!!!” agreed another commenter.

A former gymnast and track and field athlete, Ms. Jónsdóttir aspires to become a professional midwife, according to her personal website.

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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