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March 1, 2013

"Miss Big Arabian Beauty"

Lebanese react to crowning of the region's first plus-size pageant queen.
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Image via Orange Room member Abou Sandal.
Image of Eliana Neama via Orange Room member Abou Sandal.


On Wednesday, Lebanese talk show "Ahmar Bel Khat Al Areed" hosted the first plus-size beauty pageant in an Arab country. It featured ten contestants vying for the title of "Miss Big Arabian Beauty", seven of whom were Lebanese. After competing in casual-wear, swimsuit, evening gown, and interview, Eliana Neama, a 21-year-old accountant from Lebanon, was awarded the regional title.
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