Alicia Machado might be the face of beauty pageant body-shaming this fall, but she is far from alone.
The latest woman to come forward with a story of unhealthy pressure to diet is Miss Iceland, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir, who was recently told by the owner of the Miss Grand International beauty contest that she needed to essentially starve herself to be ready for the finale on Tuesday.
According to the Iceland Monitor, Arna Ýr claims that she was instructed by Thai TV presenter Nawat Itsaragrisil, who owns the contest, to: ‘Stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest.’
Beauty queen: Miss Iceland 2015, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir, from Reykjavik, was told by the owner of the Miss Grand International beauty contest that she needed to eat less before the contest
Odd request: The stunning – and slim – 20-year-old was instructed to essentially eat nothing but one salad per day before competing
Arna Ýr, from Reykjavik, was crowned Miss Iceland in September 2015, and previously competed in gymnastics for 10 years.
She had also been a member of the Icelandic national team as a pole vaulter at just 15 years old.
Shaken by the statement given to her by a spokesperson on behalf of the owner, the 20-year-old dropped out of the pageant, saying: ‘If the owner of the contest really wants me to lose weight and doesn’t like me the way I am, then he doesn’t deserve to have me in the top 10.
‘Yes, my shoulders are a bit broader than the other girls’ but that is because I was a member of the Icelandic national athletics team and I am proud of that.’
Strong woman: Before competing for Miss Iceland, Arna Ýr had competed in gymnastics for 10 years
Fit as a fiddle: She had also been a member of Iceland’s national team as a pole vaulter aged 15
Hitting back: Shocked by the comments, she decided to drop out of the competition altogether
She added: ‘Of course, I don’t take these comments to heart, but to do my best then hear this… Personally, I think I’m fine as I am.’
In fact, the young woman was so disturbed by the comments that she vowed she is now done with such competitions in general.
‘This is definitely the last contest I shall be taking part in,’ she said.
According to the beauty contest’s website, the organization claims to have the goal of making ‘a stand for the betterment of humanity’ and claim that their ‘ideal objective is an end to all forms of violence and hostility.
‘For the sake of our children and the generations to follow’.
Standing tall: She told the Iceland Monitor that if the owner isn’t fine with her the way she is ‘then he doesn’t deserve to have me in the top 10’
Telling it straight: She said in an interview that she will not ‘take these comments to heart’, but has vowed never to compete in another beauty contest
Not in the race: The competition is still due to be held on Tuesday in Las Vegas
The 2016 Miss Grand International beauty contest is due to take place in Las Vegas on October 25.
Daily Mail Online has reached out to to the organization for comment.
Readers are certain to draw parallels between Arna Ýr’s experience and that of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who was similarly shamed over her weight by a beauty pageant owner: Donald Trump.
Alicia has famously claimed that Trump called her ‘Miss Piggy’ and humiliated her by forcing her to try to lose weight after she won the Miss Universe title in 1996.