What is "normal"?

Mekayla Diehl, who didn't win Miss USA, is trending her "normal" butt off. She's being praised for walking out on stage in a bikini, despite not being as thin as the other contestants. There are so many things weird and a little bit wrong about this. 

First, I can't believe Miss USA is still on the air. These women are all beautiful, articulate, and well groomed to be in a beauty pageant, or become a trophy wife. Not to say Miss USA contestants don't go on to do wonderful things post pageant, but what you look like in a bikini is relevant...never, in real life.

Second, if we're going to use the word "normal" then we have to consider the size of the average woman. The average American woman is 5'3" and between 140-150 lbs. Miss Diehl is 5'8" and wears a size 4. I'm 5'8",  and when I'm fortunate enough to be in a size 4, I weigh around 135 lbs. So calling her "normal" is a bit ridiculous. She's statuesque. She's leggy, and gorgeous, and curvy in all the right places.

Third, what does that make the rest of the contestants? We already know that if you have a job that requires you to prance around in a bikini on a stage, you're probably very thin, toned, tucked, plucked, and tanned. You don't look average. But if we're praising Miss Indiana for looking different from the rest of the girls, which lets be honest she doesn't look that different, then what does that say about them? And if Miss USA, at 5'8" and a size 4 is "normal", what does that make the rest of us? Those of us that are actually "normal" in comparison to other American women?

Does Miss Diehl look amazing? Definitely. They all do, and they work hard to look that way. When we use the Miss USA contestants as the standard, and start calling them "normal" instead of what they are, which is of above average beauty, we're still holding women to an unrealistic standard. We're telling girls that you may not have to be a size 0, but you better be a size 4, and only if you're quite tall and perfectly proportioned. "Normal" is you at your healthiest. It's your body on a healthy diet, with a decent amount of exercise, at whatever proportions God made you.


                                                                            Photo c/o Miss USA pageant




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