[ View the story "\"Miss Big Arabian Beauty\"" on Storify] "Miss Big Arabian Beauty" Lebanese react to the crowning of the region's first plus-size pageant queen.
The Stream· Fri, Mar 01 2013 10:13:22
Neama's win prompted many to reflect on body image issues and the 'fat' stigma in Lebanon.
, a motivational speaker on body image issues, wrote:
It is great to see Fat ladies doing a beautiful dance on Lebanese TV, the land of the "Thin is in"facebook.com
what that girl did was courageous..she faced a whole country who will crucify her cause of her weight...I commend her for breaking herself from the Lebanese mentality and showing other young ppl who constantly face criticism or have depression or even at times suicidal that they can love there body and weight.oroom.org
I salute her courage. She didn't just face a jury, but a whole societal mentality.oroom.org
Plus-size pageants have been held in the US, Brazil, France, and Britain. However, not all were in favor of holding one in Lebanon.
Orange Room contributor
said both the plus-size pageant and traditional beauty pageants promote different body image issues for women:
Whilst I'm all against competition for fake plastic ladies, beauty pageants for fat ladies should be stopped as well. Glorifying plastic butts/boob/faces and/or excessive weights are both wrong.oroom.org
Even if these kinds of pageants were done with the purest of intention they are completely counterproductive to larger women. They enforce the social notion that larger woman cannot compete with thinner women thus they should be quarantined and judged separately.mymusings92.wordpress.com
I realized how big of a train-wreck the pageant was going when the announcer proclaimed “The First Miss Fat Arabian Woman Has Begun”. Regardless of the broken English it was apparent from the term “Fat” that this was nothing other than a freak show to entertain the ever-so-enlightend audiencemymusings92.wordpress.com
You can watch the full pageant below, in Arabic, from the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation:
Ahmar Bel Khat EL Areed - Miss Big Arabian Beautylbcgroup