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“Swimsuit and Heels”...Body Positivity in Pageantry

 

Last year, I went on a weight loss journey and was honored to win the national Jenny Craig Success Story contest and be chosen for their 2018 marketing campaign (check out my story here: http://community.jennycraig.com/perfect-portion-blog/inspiration/dominique-dickson-lost-35-lbs-and-feels-like-the-best-version-of-herself/).

 

I started my journey as part of preparation for a pageant and to improve my overall health but I had struggled with my weight my entire life. As a veteran competitor, I am guilty of yo-yo and crash dieting with that “swimsuit and heels” in mind but never fully committed to making healthy choices and a lifestyle that reflected that until recently. When I endeavored to build out the MAM pageant system, I thought carefully about the young women who might be facing the same challenges I did and how my system could address those fears and obstacles. Not only does MAM offer the choice between equally weighted swimsuit and fitness for that category in case contestants are more comfortable in one or the other but my state directors and I have agreed to give explicit instructions to our respective judges panels at the state and national levels regarding body positivity.

 

We want our titleholders to exude body positivity and demonstrate a healthy lifestyle that is reflected by their confidence in their figures and personality. There will be no fixation on size or an unattainable standard of beauty but rather a focus on whether a contestant is bringing the best version of herself to MAM, whatever that presentation may be. The definition of beauty is as diverse as the sizes and shapes of women today and MODERN American Miss is proud to embrace that!

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