• The model wrote an impassioned Facebook post about her decision to leave (Instagram)Source: Instagram
"I don't intend to let anybody tell me I'm too fat to look good on stage."
By
Bianca Soldani

26 Oct 2016 - 11:03 AM  UPDATED 26 Oct 2016 - 11:07 AM

Icelandic beauty Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir has packed up her bags and walked away from the Miss Grand International beauty pageant in Las Vegas after allegedly being fat shamed.

The 20-year-old, who has held the title of Miss Iceland since September last year, claims that competition staff advised her to “stop eating breakfast” in the days leading up to the finals.

In an impassioned Facebook post, she writes that she was compelled to “stand up for myself [and] all the women and the Icelandic nation”.

“I don't intend to let anybody tell me I'm too fat to look good on stage. I quit," Ms Jónsdóttir says in her Facebook post.

"If you are going to hold an international beauty pageant you at least have to be able to see the international beauty."

Ms Jónsdóttir is a former pole vaulter and says she’s proud of her athletic figure. She competed in the Miss World competition in December last year but didn’t finish within the top 20.

SBS has contacted Miss Grand International for comment but a reply was not received by the deadline.

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