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Is Miss Indiana's body really 'normal'...?

Miss Indiana Praised For 'Normal' Body, But How 'Normal' Is It?

Miss Indiana is being praised for competing in Miss USA with, what many are calling, a normal body. But just how normal is it?

The annual Miss USA pageant aired on Sunday night, and while Miss Nevada was crowned the winner, it's Indiana's Mekayla Diehl that has captured everyone's attention. Diehl was only on stage in a bikini and heels for 30 seconds, but it was enough time to get the attention of more than 10,000 twitter users.

One user tweeted, "Dear #missindiana thank you for looking like an average woman."

However, others feel the words "average" and "normal" might not be the most appropriate terms here. The LA Times published a story on Tuesday that provided the numbers to back that claim. They point out that Diehl is 5'8" and wears a size four, but according to the Center For Disease Control, the average sized woman in America is 5'3" and wears between a size 12 and 14.

Miss Indiana, Mekayla Diehl

Unfortunately, the US Department of Health and Human Services would classify the average American woman as borderline obese with those measurements. Miss Indiana, on the other hand, says she has a body mass index of 18, which is just shy of what the HHS considers a normal weight.

2014 Miss USA Preliminary Competition

No matter what term is used to describe her, one thing is sure: the reaction shows American women love seeing someone with curves walking down the runway.

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rrgalvanjr June 13 2014 at 8:09 AM

"according to the Center For Disease Control, the average sized woman in America is 5'3" and wears between a size 12 and 14."

Sounds like we got a bunch of cows living in america now!

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mnclearwater June 13 2014 at 8:16 AM

If her body isn't normal - it damn well should be.

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meghansway June 13 2014 at 8:23 AM

American woman are trying to turn fat into the new normal. Fat is fat, stop punishing people for being healthy!

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dvlboy66 June 13 2014 at 8:02 AM

This is just stupid.Leave the beautiful lady alone.

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sugarbehr1967 June 13 2014 at 8:04 AM

She looked healthy to me...i mean, seriously? If she is a size 4...what is so wrong with that????? She certainly didn't look anorexic..certainly not obese..what is all the complaining about?

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ilenedan2 June 13 2014 at 8:27 AM

The point of the story was that people were commenting how great it was to see a woman with curves on the stage, but even she, Miss Indiana, is actually slightly UNDERWEIGHT by health standards. She looks extremely healthy, but nothing like her competitors. What this means is that the average woman on that stage was as grossly underweight as many women are overweight - and we should NOT be admiring that as it is unhealthy and dangerous. In fact, in a number of medical studies that followed women for many years, it was shown that women who were slightly overweight had the best health outcomes. People need to stop pushing the extreme thinness of the average beauty contestant, actress and model as healthy. It is not.

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sptonner June 13 2014 at 8:31 AM

shes gorgeous,,,,all the fat sluggish whiney liberal feminists can suck on this......

ever walk around....ALOT of sows out there wearing spandex they shouldnt

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anandaone June 13 2014 at 8:06 AM

Yeah, I don't get what all the hate is against women who take care of themselves and are in shape. I guess everybody would be happy if she were the obese "average" so many women are in America today. Ridiculous.

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Tracey June 13 2014 at 8:10 AM

she has an amazing body, she eats very healthy and exercises often, BUT this is not a normal, average womans body and we are kidding ourselves to say it is!

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boyle1034 June 13 2014 at 8:05 AM

She's simply beautiful. And her face when she's cry's delivers a howl from a true hearted
lover of the instancing only found in a young woman who really cares about other people.

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