No size fits all

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - NANDAR AUNG nan­da­raung@mm­times.com

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.

Photo: Sup­plied

One of the award win­ners at the Miss 200lbs Beauty Con­test Myan­mar.

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