The latest in unjust beauty pageantry rulings comes out of Mexico, where 19-year-old Cynthia de la Vega was stripped of her crown because she put on six — count 'em, six — pounds. Really, Mexico?
Due to alleged concerns over a minuscule weight gain, de la Vega has been stripped of her runner-up title — which means she's also stripped of her opportunity to compete in the Miss World pageant. (In Mexico, the first-place winner represents their country in the Miss Universe pageant, the runner-up competes in Miss World.) But the pageant itself hasn't admitted to disqualifying a woman for gaining weight. Lupita Jones, Director of Nuestra Belleza Mundo México, responded to the controversy, saying, "It was a lack of dedication and discipline" that caused Cynthia's dismissal, and that she "did not comply with the recommendations and goal agreed upon for her preparation."
De la Vega disputes this claim: "I always attended all of my classes and I did all of my activities. I never disrespected any teachers." The Daily Mail reports a further injustice: That the pageant demanded de la Vega lose weight, but never gave her the tools to do so: "Organizers of the Nuestra Belleza Mexico contest demanded that I lose a few kilos, but they never provided a nutritionist or any other assistance to ensure the weight loss." (As always, consider the source — but if this detail is true, we wouldn't be surprised.)
Now, call us silly, but couldn't a fluctuation of a mere six pounds be written off as water weight? Or, say, the weight you might gain when it's that special time of the month? Or for chrissakes, maybe she felt like treating herself to a nice meal after winning a beauty pageant. Just saying.
At a press conference with CNN Espanol, de la Vega sums up her feelings thusly: "I feel healthy enough to represent my country, and I think this is an injustice. They took away the crown that I earned. That is mine."