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03:13 19 Feb 13
Big beauty is here to stay
Thunder thighs, jelly bellies and love-handles take the cake when it comes to the Miss Large beauty pageant in Israel which recently saw 16 voluptuous contestants compete for the crown.
Here are some of the pictures.
Contestants get ready backstage.
The finishing touches for hair and makeup are done before the bright lights go up. AFP
Now in its 20th year, the pageant seeks to celebrate a differently shaped woman, according to its sponsor, Esterica Nagid.
'I want to show that there is no difference between skinny and fat. Nobody determined that only the skinny girls are beautiful,' Esterica Nagid explains. AFP
'I am not encouraging fat but if it exists and is aesthetic and pretty, then this is the place to express it,' Nagid added.
With the average female weight rising to more than 70 kilograms worldwide, the move to celebrate a larger frame doesn't come as a surprise.
A sedentary lifestyle and a high fat diet are to blame for our ever-widening girths.
A curvy contestant takes a deep breath before her big moment.
In March this year, Israel passed legislation banning underweight models and undisclosed airbrushing in any advertisements.
'Beautiful is not underweight, beautiful should not be anorexic,' said Rachel Adato, the Knesset member who pushed the bill.
Weighing in at 110 kilograms, Vered Fisher won Miss Large 2012.
'Stay this way because you are pretty as you are and you can succeed as you are,' said 22-year-old Fisher told the audience.
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