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Miss Normal Body, USA

June 14, 2014 2 min read

Mekayla Diehl, Miss Indiana and semifinalist in this year’s Miss USA pageant was a beacon of twitter love when she graced the stage for the swimsuit competition. Why? According to tweeters the world over, Diehl’s “normal body”and “average body type” was a fresh change from the regular skinny-mini pageant contestants. missnormalbody3 Diehl’s response to this swell of comments: “I’m ok with ‘normal’ whatever defines ‘normal’. I guess it’s better than being weird.” What’s weird is that being completely average is now seen as a huge compliment. So let’s talk about this “normal body” business. According to Amy Hubbard at the LA Times, Diehl’s body is far from average. As you can see from this handy dandy infographic, the average American woman is 5’3”, 166lbs, waist circumference of 37.5”, a dress size of 12-14, and a BMI of 33. missnormal5 I could probably go off on even more of a tangent about what a “normal body” means (standard? Attainable? Containing 4 limbs?), or the fact that “bag of bones” is probably just as offensive a term as any fat slander out there – BUT, I’ll focus on the positive aspect of this story instead. So what if she’s not normal according to certain statistics? I think people were just happy to see a DIFFERENT body type. The trend towards wanting to see varying shapes and sizes of women is a good thing, so I don’t think a smackdown about the particular wording used by those women excited and positive towards Diehl’s appearance is necessary. Plus, let’s be honest, I’m just glad that, thank all the deities out there, she wasn’t called “plus-sized” thank you, thank you, baby Jesus. Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_103522" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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