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Old 26th October 2007   #1
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Default Miss England told to gain weight (article)

In a rare example of sanity, the organizers of the Miss World contest have instructed Miss England to gain weight to compete in the pageant:

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MISS ENGLAND TOLD TO GAIN WEIGHT

BEAUTY: Georgia has been told to pile on the pounds

Tuesday October 23,2007


MISS England Georgia Horsley has been told to pile on the pounds to help her hopes of winning the world title...

In a firm stance against the size zero trend, Miss World organisers say they are looking for a contestant with more curves to win this year.

Now blonde Georgia, 20, from Malton, North Yorks, has been placed on a high-f** diet to help her plump up in time for the beauty pageant in Sanya, China, on December 1.

“Miss World judges like naturally curvy girls and don’t like the stick-thin women you see on the catwalks,” she said. “They promote healthy eating and I want to help them get that message across, so I’m giving it my all.”

Georgia was advised to put on weight by Miss England director Angie Beasley. She is a former model and Miss World judge.

Miss Beasley, 44, said: “Beauty pageants are meant to appeal to women everywhere and Miss World has always championed real women.”

Georgia will be gorging on a diet packed full of high-f** treats...

Georgia says she is hoping her mother’s home cooking will help her to go up a dress size. “My friends are amazed at how much I eat,” she added. “I love chocolate and am hopeless at diets

Of course, the contestant in question is painfully thin right now, so the gain will probably be imperceptible, and will only change her from skeletal to merely underweight. But it's nevertheless an encouraging sign.

It also makes perfect sense strictly from an aesthetic point of view. This is probably the first pageant in a hundred years to recognize the timeless truth that weight gain enhances feminine beauty. Indeed, if any beauty contestant in any pageant wants to increase her beauty, the easiest path is to increase her dress size.

Beauty contests have long been vilified for various reasons -- sometimes deservedly, sometimes not. But if this were the effect that beauty contests had upon women -- if they showed girls that putting on weight, rather than starving themselves, would make them more attractive - then these pageants would actually become socially beneficial. And they would also reflect genuine feminine beauty, as they have not done for the past century.
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Old 30th December 2007   #2
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It also makes perfect sense strictly from an aesthetic point of view. This is probably the first pageant in a hundred years to recognize the timeless truth that weight gain enhances feminine beauty. Indeed, if any beauty contestant in any pageant wants to increase her beauty, the easiest path is to increase her dress size.

So very true. Beauty pageants have suffered steeply declining ratings in recent years, and most people attribute this lack of public interest to some vague "change in the culture." But no one acknowledges the real reason for this diminishing popularity--i.e., the fact that the contestants, always underweight, have been becoming skinner and skinnier for years, to the point that they are now nearly as malnourished-looking as fashion models.

In other words, it is the absence of actual beauty in beauty pageants that has made them less appealing.

Consider that by far the most celebrated beauty-pageant contestant of the past decade was Alicia Machado, who won the 1997 Miss Universe title at a skeletal size, but then freely and rapidly gained a visible amount of weight. The pageant organizers idiotically threatened to strip her of her title if she didn't starve, but the truth was that the weight gain had turned her into a genuine beauty--perhaps the first truly attractive pageant winner in a century.

This rare photo of Miss Machado at the height of her size increase shows just how attractive her self-indulgence made her. Her dress, designed to compress her suddenly-larger body, can barely contain her swelling curves. Her face has the gorgeous glow, the rosy flush, that uniquely derives from uninhibited weight gain. There is a softness, a fullness in the facial features that is irresistible. The entire look is highly sensual.

If the Miss World pageant organizers who have told Miss England to gain weight were to adopt this mandated increase in the size of their contestants universally and permanently, the result would not only be a more culturally-beneficial pageant, but also a more beautiful one as well--one that viewers would actually delight in watching.

Lillian Russell, demonstrating how a true beauty queen should look. (Note in particular the fullness of Lillian's arms, overflowing her gloves and sheer sleeves, heightening the sensuality of the image.)

- "An American Beauty"
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