Miss Universe Runner Up Causes Weight Controversy

April 23, 2009

Australia (ChattahBox) – A finalist in Australia’s Miss Universe competition has caused alarm in the media after showing her severely underweight body in a string bikini, during the annual event’s swimsuit portion.

The competition has always had the mission statement of promoting healthy lifestyles and body images, which critics say 5’11, 108 lb. Stephanie Naumoska does not do.

The 19-year-old has a body mass index of just over 15, a dangerously low number that could point to an eating disorder. Because of this, doctors have been vocal about the lack of wisdom in using her as a finalist for a crown meant to provide healthy role models for young girls.

“She would be categorized as underweight and I would certainly want to be doing an assessment of her diet to make sure she doesn’t have some type of eating disorder,” nutritionist Melanie McGrice told local papers.

Naumoska has spoken out against the media, saying, “I have never been anorexic or bulimic, I don’t throw up my meals after I eat them, I don’t starve myself, none of that.”

She lost the crown to opponent Rachel Finch.

Critics are urging the competitions leaders to enforce a minimum BMI for those competing in the future.


One Response to “Miss Universe Runner Up Causes Weight Controversy”

  1. Jess on April 24th, 2009 2:12 pm

    I don’t even know what to think. If she’s naturally skinny then get her out of the press, if she’s got an eating disorder, its kind of personal so…get her out of the press. If its an ethical thing for the Miss Universe pageant as a whole, focus on them. This poor girl is getting ripped to shreds!
    See more here: http://www.newsy.com/videos/the_skinny_on_beauty/

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