Israel's new Miss Large Vered Fisher
Israel’s new Miss Large: Fat and Beautiful winner, Vered Fisher, accepts her prize
Beauty pageants are not usually associated with cellulite, rolls of flab or the models with thunderous thighs that wobble like jelly.

But in Israel’s Miss Large beauty contest, such qualities are highly prized.

Contestants in the Fat and Beautiful competition, held in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva last weekend, could only enter after proving they weighed the requisite 80kg (12st 6lbs).

Many of the 16 contestants, vying to be crowned the next Miss Large more than met the quota.

Israel's new Miss Large Vered Fisher
Big win: Miss Large Beauty winner, Vered Fisher, centre, stands on stage at the end of the Fat and Beautiful contest held in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva on Monday
Israel's Miss Large beauty contest
Preparations underway: Models have their make-up done backstage
After a succession of rounds, Israel crowned its new plus-sized beauty queen.

Weighing in at 110 kilograms (17st 3lbs), Vered Fisher, 22, won first prize and was crowned Israel’s Fat and Beautiful queen.

Fisher, who served in the intelligence unit in the Israeli army, walked down the catwalk in a packed hotel conference room alongside the other contestants, dressed in casual wear and evening gowns.

Esterica Nagid, a modelling agent who has sponsored the Fat and Beautiful pageant for the 20th consecutive year, said fat is beautiful too.

‘I want to show that there is no difference between skinny and fat. Nobody determined that only the skinny girls are beautiful.

‘I am not encouraging fat but if it exists and is aesthetic and pretty, then this is the place to express it,’ Nagid said.

The criteria, Nagid said, is to first and foremost be beautiful and to weigh between 80kg (12st 6lbs) to 120kg (18st 9lbs).

Fisher’s message, after being crowned, was for large ladies to be proud of their size.

‘Stay this way because you are pretty as you are and you can succeed as you are,’ Fisher said.

Israel's Miss Large beauty contest
Striking a pose: Four contestants proudly display their curves
Israel's Miss Large beauty contest
On the catwalk: The girls took part in both a casual round and an evening wear round where they had to parade on a runway in front of judges
SOURCE: Daily Mail
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