Miss Indiana may have lost out on the Miss USA title on June 8, but that doesn’t mean she’s not making waves for her curvy bikini body! Early on June 9 she tweeted that she ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of her body!
Miss Indiana, Mekayla Diehl, showed off her incredible curves at the Miss USA 2014 competition on June 8 in a white bikini with beige and green trim that had fans praising her beautiful, natural look. While she didn’t end up taking home the title and lost to Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, Mekayla has still started a conversation about “normal” female bodies and she even tweeted herself that she “couldn’t be more proud” of her beauty. Well, who wouldn’t? Read on for more about Mekayla and her positive body image, and the tough journey she went through to get herself there.
Miss Indiana Is Proud Of Her Body, Mekayla Diehl Tweets
After the competition, Mekayla responded to all the love about her “natural” body with the following tweet:
So cool 😂 I worked hard on my body without obsessing over being too skinny and I couldn’t be more proud. http://t.co/DpGsz0vFgE
— Mekayla Diehl (@RealMissINUSA) June 9, 2014
However, life wasn’t all glam pageantry for Mekayla growing up. “I was eight years old when I was sexually abused,” Mekayla told local Indiana outlet, WDNU. “Very quickly after that we moved in with my grandmother and eventually was adopted.”
That’s when Mekayla found her healthy outlets — “My grandmother was very encouraging,” she continued. “Anything that I wanted to try to do, she tried to find the best way. I had horses. We tried 4-H, I tried saddle club. Dancing was my emotional outlet. I loved to dance, and that became my emotional release.”
Mekayla Diehl Was Sexually Abused As A Child
While dreaming of becoming Miss USA may be frivolous to some, becoming Miss Indiana came to Mekayla through a tremendous amount of effort and hard work. An advocate for child abuse awareness, Mekayla’s hope is that “they see that their future isn’t decided by their parents or what their past decisions are. That means the most to me.
“Because I hope they can look at me and see that, yes, I’m a pageant girl, but I had a dream and I worked very, very hard for it. And I didn’t let my past define me.”
How inspirational is this girl? We know, we know, a pageant girl doesn’t exactly have a “normal” body as far as the rest of America is concerned, but for an industry obsessed with the idea that beauty is about being as thin and unhealthy as possible, it’s great that she’s getting so much attention for being a little curvier!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you inspired by Mekayla? Let us know!
— Amanda Mitchell