No size fits all
THREE plus-size models dance on stage to Fifth Harmony’s hit song “Worth It” and the crowd goes wild – welcome to the Miss 200lbs Beauty Contest Myanmar. Last weekend, contestants proved that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes by competing in the country’s first pageant for plussize women.
“I gained weight after I had two kids. I was made fun of,” said 32-year-old contestant Ma May Lwin Bo.
“But by being part of this contest, I was able to shine [despite] what happened in life and with my size.”
“I don’t mind if I win or lose the contest. It makes me stronger and it can encourage other women like me.”
Ma May Lwin Bo went on to win Miss Plus Size Photogenic Award at the contest while the first runner-up went to Khine Su Wai and second prize was won by Phyu Hin Phway.
Miss Plus Size Chubby was Yin Lae Aung and Miss Plus Size Eain Chit Thu was Nann Laung Hlian.
The winner of Miss Plus Size Beauty Queen and the People’s Choice Award was Ma Sandy Min Aung after she competed in three rounds, dressing in traditional costume, casual wear, sport wear and smart wear.
The contest marked the one year anniversary of the 200lbs Beauties Myanmar Group, which was founded by plus-size women in Myanmar.
“That was the first time on stage for our contestants,” said Ma Khin Su Su San, one of the founders of 200lbs Beauties Myanmar Group and organiser of the event.
“The contestants did so well, fighting off nerves. It was a big success and I would like to hold this event every year.”
She said she would start calling for contestants in January 2017 for a second plus-size beauty contest.
One of the award winners at the Miss 200lbs Beauty Contest Myanmar.