This beauty queen dropped out of a Las Vegas pageant to stand up for body positivity

Miss Iceland 2015, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir, dropped out of a beauty pageant in Las Vegas in protest, after the competition's owner told her that she was fat and would need to diet in order to win.

Jónsdóttir claims the owner of the Miss Grand International contest, a Thai TV presenter named Naway Itsaragrisil, ordered her to lose weight, the Daily Beast reports. Of course, Jónsdóttir isn't the first beauty pageant contestant to be ridiculed for her weight by a pageant's owner. Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, of Venezuela, has been fat- and slut-shamed by Donald Trump, as has been widely reported during the current election.

Miss Iceland Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir fat-shamed at pageant
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Miss Iceland Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir fat-shamed at pageant
Can't wait to do MUCH better in the bikini premilary round 24th october. Last time I was literally melting in the heat but now, I'm more than ready 👊🏼🇮🇸✨ #missgrandinternational2016 #missgrandiceland2016 #missgrandiceland #mgi2016
Guess what! I'm gonna stay in Las Vegas until 26th october. Explore the city, eat good food and enjoying the time I have here ☺ Picture by: Jon Gudmundsson
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My past has made me who I am today. I'm so proud to be one of the faces for Nike and if I would not have my sporty body I would never have gotten this huge opportunity to work with NIKE. #nikerunning #nike #justdoit
Charity gala event tonight, I'm sure the evening will be lovely ❤️✨ #missgrandiceland #missgrandinternational2016 #missgrandinternational #mgi2016
The swimsuit competition is today! Starting the day early to rehearsal the routine 👏🏼 #missgrandiceland #missgrandinternational #missgrandinternational2016 #mgi2016
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Can't believe there's almost two months since I won Miss Em ! 😱
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Jónsdóttir got a message saying, "Stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest." She was also told that she received the instructions because the owner "likes" her and wants to see her do well. In protest, Jónsdóttir quit the competition, according to the Daily Beast. She told the Iceland Star:

"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 ... 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."

At first Jónsdóttir planned on going home as soon as she dropped out of the competition, but now she's decided to stick around Las Vegas until October 26 to "eat good food" and see the city.
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