A Singaporean woman, known as Tan Si Mi, won the Ms Top Of The World Plus Size contest held in Latvia on 9 June 2016. The pretty lass beat contestants from many other countries to clinch the coveted title amongst the most confident of large women. Here she is, flashing a brilliant smile, just after she was crowned the winner.
I have mixed feelings about this. Whilst it’s wonderful to see a heavy woman who’s confident instead of being depressed and grouchy, obesity isn’t something that should be celebrated. Although our obesity rate is climbing at a far slower pace than the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand (coincidentally where fat acceptance and body positivity is most rampant), nevertheless, it is still rising and we shouldn’t be complacent.
Still, it’s good to note that despite her size, Ms Tan’s hair is immaculate and her makeup flawless. During the contest, she wore glamourous dresses instead of frumpy potato sacks. And that smile is definitely worth a million bucks! Everybody can choose to look and feel great!
Ms Tan was quoted as saying that she’d tried everything to lose weight but simply couldn’t. It’s the same liner that every body positive activist uses ad nauseum. My cousin-in-law and beautician also said the same thing, until they realised that they’d been going about it wrong all the while.
Perhaps what is lacking in Ms Tan’s – and many heavy women’s – case is lack of awareness. They didn’t know where to start. Their only alternatives were to join Weight Watchers, try weight loss pill and tea after weight loss pill and tea and drastically cut their calories. No wonder they could never keep the weight off even if they did lose it.
I just hope that Ms Tan finds a way to shed the weight eventually. Winning a competition is great; congratulations to her. However, it isn’t something to be proud of and is far from an achievement. I hope fat acceptance and body positivity won’t be too acceptable here.
Wishing you fun,