Skinny Beauty Queen Fights Anorexic Rumors
Miss Universe Australia finalist Stephanie Naumoska has hit back at claims she is anorexic and insists she is a healthy role model for women.
The 19-year-old, who's 5'11" and claims to weigh 108 lbs, appeared on "Good Morning America", says she wanted to "defend all the skinny girls out there."
The beauty contestant sparked a debate about models' weight, when she appeared in a red string bikini at Australia's Miss Universe Pageant earlier this month.
"I've never been anorexic or bulimic. I've never been malnourished or underfed. I live a healthy, active lifestyle,' she told Good Morning America," she told Diane Sawyer. "I think I'm a positive role model for girls. I definitely think I've been victimized. I was singled out at that competition. I want to defend all the skinny girls out there, all the celebrities and people who get criticized about their appearance. Some people are naturally skinny.'
She insisted she never deprived herself of anything and was shocked her appearance on the competition caused such a backlash.
"I'll never forget that moment I found out," she said. "I woke up in my hotel room. I was looking in the mirror, and I saw the reflection of the TV behind me. I've never cried more in my entire life. I think that it's horrible. They don't know me and they don't know what I eat every morning or for lunch or dinner. They probably don't think I eat anything, but I do. I'm very hurt and upset by what they've been saying. I think it's very unfair,and I also think it's very unfair just to all the other girls out there who have the same body type as myself."
Health officials said Stephanie has a body mass index of just 15.1 - well under the benchmark of 18.5 for underweight; experts say a healthy weight for someone her height is 135 pounds.
> For the record; We don't believe she is anorexic. Skinny. Yes.