Pageant aims to boost body image
SEXY, smooth legs. A thin waist. An hourglass figure. These are the mainstream standards by society judges beauty. The 2016 Miss 200lbs Beauty Queen Contest wants you to throw them all away. Forget the conventional ideas of attractiveness – for this pageant, it’s all about loving the full body.
After celebrating its one-year anniversary, the 200lbs Beauties Myanmar Group is hosting the first-ever plus-size beauty contest and fun fair on September 3 at the City FM compound in front of Nya Yeik Hotel.
Nineteen plus-size beauty queen pageants will compete for three title awards including the Miss PlusSize Beauty Queen award, the Most Photogenic award, and the People’s Choice Award. Contestants will go through three rounds of competition, dressing in traditional costume, casual wear, sportswear, and “smart wear”, with clothing sponsored by Asia’s first plus-size stylist and image advisor, Ghay Geasjun Lokvit.
The competition is open to anyone who is at least 180lbs, no matter her marital status or age, so long as minors have the permission of their guardians to compete.
Though the 2016 Miss 200lbs Beauty Queen Contest is in fact a contest, the organisers seek to create an inclusive atmosphere for plus-size women of all walks of life, knowing very well already the difficulties of being plus-size in an emerging country like Myanmar.
“Plus-size women do not have equal rights here,” Ma Khin Su Su San, the founder and one of the show’s organisers said. “Fat women constantly face discrimination in their daily life. Most of them suffer from depression. The purpose of the show is to try to promote positive body image for size women who feel insecure about their size.”
Khin Su Su San and four other women founded the 200lbs Beauties Myanmar Group’s closed Facebook group in 2016. In just one year the group has amassed over 1000 members, all of whom are identify as larger than average.
“You can be beautiful and be 200lbs at the same time,” Khin Su Su San said. “I want plus-size women to believe and trust in themselves. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.”
In addition to the contest which will run from 5:30pm to 9:30pm on September 3, guests can also visit the fun fair for beauty products and more in the afternoon from 1 – 5pm.
The entrance fee to the fun fair is K1000. Seats for the contest itself are K8000 or K12,000 for VIP seats.
To vote for the People’s Choice Award, visit the Miss Plus Size Beauty Contest Myanmar 2016 Facebook page. A “Love” sign automatically gives three votes to a contestant, “Like” is worth two, and “Wow” is worth one. Each comment on a post equals one vote as well.
Nineteen plus-size beauty queens will compete for titles such as Miss Plus-Size, Most Photogenic and the People’s Choice Award.