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Big is beautiful at Brazil's Miss Plus Size Pageant 01-31-12

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Uploaded on Jan 31, 2012

Sao Paulo, Brazil (NTN24) - Brazil crowned its plus size beauty queen on Sunday (January 29) night as 26 girls proved good looks can come in different shapes and sizes.

The Miss Brazil Plus Size contest was the first of its kind in the South American country, but organisers said it will become an annual pageant like others.

Contestants came from all over Brazil with weights fluctuating between the minimum entry weight of 80 kilos (175 pounds) and 110 kilos (258 pounds).

The contest's organiser and host, Adalex Gois, said the contest had the same rules as other pageants, but with different beauty standards.

"This is like any regular contest, it is not so different from other pageants. But there is a difference — here we are going to award their real beauty, so there is no such thing as beauty standards established by the fashion (industry), for example, that they have to fit in. They are simply themselves and here we are going to judge them using these criteria. This is basically it," he said.

Participants took the stage with casual wear, evening gowns and even bathing suits. Some showed more skin, while others preferred to hide behind beach wraps.

The crowd cheered wildly while judges carefully graded all participants based on sympathy, grace and good looks.

The winner was 37-year-old Barbara Monteiro from Mato Grosso do Sul state, who also answered to questions about politics along with five other finalists.

She said she was very proud to represent Brazil's plus size women and fight discrimination.

"I feel great pride in representing this plus size category and I want to represent them with a lot of class and a lot of love. These people from the plus size universe are so wonderful," she said

She won a $6,000 dollars and 15-day trip to Switzerland for a free modeling course.

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