Miss Indiana is not normal

June 12, 2014 | Comment

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Miss Indiana, Mekayla Diehl, competed for the title of Miss USA this past Sunday. Images of her from the bikini portion of the competition have caused quite the internet stir. News outlets such as Eonline, People Magazine, and Examiner to everyday Twitter and Facebook users have been applauding Miss Indiana for her average/normal body. Huh?

I would like to know what is average and normal about this woman’s body because I don’t get it. This former college volleyball player works out with a personal trainer 7 days a week and maintains a high protein low carb diet. She stated she originally weighed 128 pounds before the competition but worked hard to gain 10 pounds of muscle. It shows. She looks great and very muscular.

So I have to ask again why are people saying she is thick and curvy and represents the average woman? Miss Indiana is 5’8″ and a size 4. The real “average” American woman is 5’3″ and a size 14 or 166 pounds.

Here are some tweets that I found amusing:

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1. She is not a fatty and obviously isn’t hanging out at Wendy’s 2. You can be a small size and have thighs and boobs (see my thighs for an example) 3. Uh, I think all of the contestants have a real women’s bodies….unless there were some robots on stage I didn’t know about.

Some people did redeem society with their tweets however:

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1. Good point 2. What is normal? Everyone has a different opinion 3. I agree she looks like all the other contestants for the most part.

In the technological age we live in now, where it is so easy to have diarrhea of the brain and share one’s thoughts instantly via the internet, I think criticism over how one looks will continue to grow. It is very easy to sit behind your laptop, cell phone, Ipad, tablet, blah, blah, blah and critique another. People’s view of reality and beauty is so skewed now because of picture editing and Instagram filters that are so easily accessible. The generation of pre-teens and teens coming up do not know of life before Instagram filters and Facebook sharing. They judge their self worth on how many likes their picture can get, how many followers they have, etc.

This brings me to another Miss USA contest moment: how perfect was Miss Iowa being asked if social media spurs narcissism in today’s youth.

What do you think of the Miss Indiana body debate?

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