First Ever Plus-Size Model Enters Miss Universe Competition
Jane Dipika Garrett, the reigning Miss Nepal, made history as the first-ever body-inclusive contestant in the pageant’s 72-year legacy. Garrett is utilizing her Miss Universe platform to champion the causes of mental and hormonal health. She openly shares her personal battle with depression stemming from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
She says “As a curvy woman who doesn’t follow certain beauty standards, I’m here to represent all women,” she told HOLA before the competition. “I think there’s not one way to be beautiful, every woman is beautiful just as they are. For me, to be on this stage and to speak my truth is something that matters a lot,” she added.
“A few years ago, I was a very insecure person and had very low self-esteem. Now, I love myself, and that’s success to me.“