A spokesperson for the competition told Jónsdóttir to “stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest."

By Gabrielle Olya, People.com
Updated March 03, 2021
Credit: Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir/Instagram

Miss Iceland 2015 Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir was told she needed to lose weight if she wanted to do well in the Miss Grand International beauty contest.

According to the Iceland Monitor, a spokesperson for the competition told Jónsdóttir, 20, to “stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest,” and that the advice was given to her because the owner of Miss Grand International, Thai TV presenter Nawat Itsaragrisil, “likes you and wants you to do well in this contest.”

Jónsdóttir told the news outlet that she was not willing to change her body for the pageant.

“If the owner of the contest really wants me to lose weight and doesn’t like me the way I am, then he doesn’t deserve to have me in the Top 10,” she said. “Yes, my shoulders are a bit broader than the other girls’ but that is because I was a member of the Icelandic national athletics team and I am proud of that.”

“Of course, I don’t take these comments to heart, but to do my best then hear this… Personally, I think I’m fine as I am,” she continued.

Jónsdóttir announced on Facebook on Sunday that she had decided to quit the competition.

“I’m going to stand up for myself, all women and the Icelandic nation,” she posted. “I’m not going to let them say that I have too much fat to be on stage.”

She also said that she left a letter to the owner explaining her decision.

“If you are going to do an international beauty pageant, you at least have to be able to see international beauty,” she wrote in her letter.

Jónsdóttir publicly thanked those who came to her defense.

“Thanks so much for your support,” she posted. “I go home as a winner and the most proud Icelander in the world.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.