Beauty queen who was 'told to lose weight' now tweets about wrong photo of her being used

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A beauty contest winner who caused a stir when she said that pageant organisers had told her to lose weight for an international final has tweeted about the wrong photo being used in a magazine piece about her.

Zoiey Smale won the Miss United Continents UK pageant in June this year at the Village Hotel in Chilwell.

But she handed back her title before flying out to represent the UK in Ecuador in the international Miss United Continents competition - claiming organisers had told her she needed to "lose as much weight as possible" to be in with a chance of winning.

Now the size 10 contestant has tweeted about the wrong photo of her being used in Grazia magazine - saying it was to do with 'mixed race problems'.

She also posted a similar message on Facebook, with the added hashtag 'willtherealZoieySmalepleasestandup'.

The Post has contacted Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, owners of Grazia magazine, for a comment.

At the time of the controversy last month Zoiey, from Northamptonshire, wrote on Facebook: "Having been in the industry for over 10 years I have seen it all, from amazing competitions to international pageant directors bullying young aspiring girls into believing the only way to be successful is to be thin.

"I was branded 'fat' because I am size 10. I actually believed that I was so disgusting that no one would ever love me. How sad is that?"

Zoiey Smale

Zoiey Smale

In response, Miss United Continents UK said that it was not the case that "contestants are required to or should pursue any form of extreme dieting".

It said the feedback given to Zoiey was that "she looks beautiful, has a great height and we recommend that she prepares herself by following a healthy diet and regular exercise to the best of her ability” and that this was misinterpreted by her, sensationalised and "turned into an unnecessary media campaign for personal gain".

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It added the feedback was given purely based at the bikini shots taken at the UK finals in Chilwell.

It said: "It hurts me to see that something we’ve worked for so hard is been portrait as something so negative without all of the facts being considered and kept in context, which leaves a bitter taste for everyone involved.

"Even more frustrating and upsetting is the fact that it has now become impossible for me to help another contestant ready themselves for the final, someone who would have been more than willing to put the necessary effort into it."

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