According to CNN en Espanol, Mexican Beauty Queen, Cynthia De La Vega claims that she was banned from performing in the upcoming Miss World Pageant in London because of her recent weight gain. See excerpts of the article below. To us, it just seems like another example of beauty in fashion being only defined as being slim, svelte and slender.
De la Vega, 19, came in second place in the Nuestra Belleza Mexico competition last September — a title that placed her on the list of contestants representing their nations in the 2011 Miss World contest. Organizers of the Mexican competition took away de la Vega’s crown last month and said she couldn’t compete in the November Miss World pageant in London. On Wednesday they announced that Gabriela Palacio, designated as a substitute after the Mexico competition, would take her place.
Nuestra Belleza Mexico’s official statement on the move said de la Vega “did not comply with the recommendations and goals agreed upon for her preparation.”
Here is de la Vega’s side of the story:
De la Vega told CNN en Espanol that she gained weight as the stressful competition neared. But she added that contest officials did not inform her of any specific weight or appearance requirements, or provide the support she needed while training for the competition.
“I feel healthy enough to represent my country, and I think this is an injustice,” Cynthia de la Vega told CNN en Espanol Wednesday.
She also said: “They took away the crown that I earned. That is mine.”
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