Pageant aims to boost body im­age

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - NANDAR AUNG nan­da­raung@mm­

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.

Beauty Queen Con­test Myan­mar 2016 Pho­tos: Face­book/Miss Plus Size

Nine­teen plus-size beauty queens will com­pete for ti­tles such as Miss Plus-Size, Most Pho­to­genic and the Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

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