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Is Miss Indiana’s Body “Normal?”

Submitted by on June 10, 2014 – 11:55 am10 Comments

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Though Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, walked away with the crown at this week’s Miss USA competition, it was Miss Indiana that got the most attention. Mekayla Diehl became a hot topic on social media, as viewers described her body as more normally-proportioned than those of her competitors.

“I wanted to just continue a healthy lifestyle and inspire others to go after their dreams,” she told Fox & Friends. “I never imagined that it would be in a swimsuit.”

USA Today provides some context for how Diehl’s body type compares to that of the “average” American woman:

Diehl is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and wears a size 4, she tells The Indianapolis Star. (The average American woman wears a size 12, according to a 2009 survey by Women’s Wear Daily.)

Diehl put her body mass index at 18. (The average American woman’s BMI is 33, according to a 2012 report from the Centers for Disease Control.)

(Admittedly, height, weight, and dress size are not necessarily the best indicators; and BMI has been criticized as inaccurate.)

Still, next to her competitors, Diehl appears more full-bodied. Compare to Sanchez:

Miss USA Organization 

What do you think- is Diehl promoting a healthier or different body type?

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