Let’s all examine the following Instagram photos from Icelandic beauty pageant contestant Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir for a minute and then come back together to discuss our first impressions.
Ok, now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor and brushed the green demon of envy off of your shoulder, what words come to mind when you look at Jónsdóttir?
Ermergerd, how can one person be so beautiful and I hope she’s a dumb bitch because it would be unfair if she were a nice person since she makes Charlize Theron look like Charlize Theron in the film Monster and why do some people get all the good genes and I just want to hate her because she is too damn pretty?
Well, guess what? Some idiot pageant executive told her she was too fat. TOO FAT.
Jónsdóttir was competing in the Miss Grand International beauty contest when the owner of the enterprise, Thai television host Nawat Itsaragrisil, sent her the following message:
“Stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest. [The owner] is telling you this because he likes you and wants you to do well in this contest.”
So what’s a blonde Viking goddess to do when a creepy chauvinist fat-shames her and tells her to eat sadness salads for lunch and H2O for dinner?
She basically told him to take that job and shove it. (My words, not hers. A blonde Viking goddess possesses much more tact than I do on account of being a deity.)
Penning an open letter to the owner, she stood up for herself:
“I am a very strong woman, but sometimes my strength isn’t enough. Your staff told me that I had to lose weight for the finals because I have too much fat on me and also too big shoulders. They told me to eat less and you would like me more.
“I decided to leave…If anyone tells me that I’m too fat or whatever, they just don’t deserve me. Miss Grand International doesn’t deserve my face, body, personality, or heart.”
Jónsdóttir is now getting worldwide media attention for her body-positive message. She encourages women to love themselves just as they are–to find what makes them beautiful and unique.
So to sum it up, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir is super hot, super confident, super supportive of women, super tired of Creepy McPageantguy’s shit, super at bilingualism, and probably superhuman.
That’s why she’s my new superhero.