Miss USA Finalist Heralded for "Normal" Body Type (Read: She's Not Hollywood-Skinny)
Mekayla Diehl, aka Miss Indiana, won over fans with her "normal" body and healthy approach to diet and exercise
Beauty queens always earn fans, right? Sure, but Diehl has garnered a following for more than her work with victims of abuse and being able to string together enough words to formulate a coherent sentence. The 25-year-old has amassed a diehard Twitter following for not being, as one fan wrote, "a bag of bones."
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"I like to fill my plate with vegetables and protein. I like a good steak, or grilled chicken. I love fish," Diehl told a local Louisiana paper following the competition, adding that she exercises, but doesn't go overboard; "I take my dog for walks, ride bikes, go on hikes," she said. "I jump rope, I do plyometrics."
#MissIndiana Great interview on Fox! Thank you for NOT being a stick but a HEALTHY pageant contestant instead! Congratulations! God bless u!— CThompson-Draper (@Pageant_Consult) June 10, 2014
The disturbing part about all this attention -- Diehl appeared on Fox News yesterday and says she's going to be on the Today show next week, is that, let's face it, at 5'8" and a size 4, the Indiana native, is hardly a "normal" weight but when compared with her competition who are typically super skinny with many, um, augmentations, she looks downright hefty -- and that's what the crowd appreciates so much.
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#MissIndiana was praised 4 having a "normal" body! Did I miss something? A size 4-6 isn't normal! A lot of us think a 10-12 is normal! LOL— Areva Martin, Esq. (@ArevaMartin) June 9, 2014