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A girl with a very curvy figure won the Miss Alabama contest: people's opinions on this matter were divided

23-year-old plus-size model Sarah Milliken became a sensation after winning the Miss Alabama pageant over Memorial Day weekend. The girl was in seventh heaven and will now represent the state at the all-American competition. However, her joy was slightly overshadowed by comments on the Internet: there were those who wanted to make fun of Sarah because of her non-standard appearance, she writes Daily Mail.

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Internet trolls poured criticism on Sarah, calling her appearance “unhealthy” and even “disgraceful.”

“Is that really considered attractive in Alabama?” - they were perplexed.

“Even words on the screen can leave an indelible mark on the soul,” the model told WKRG TV channel, commenting on the attacks against her. She is determined and will not pay attention to the criticism, but will prepare for the national finals, which will take place in Florida on Thanksgiving Day.

Who is the new Miss Alabama Sarah Milliken

Sarah is a plus-size model from Atmore whose dream of becoming Miss Alabama began eight years ago. This is not the girl’s first experience of participating in the competition: she previously tried her luck in it twice and won only the third time. Sarah was 15 years old when she first competed in the National American Miss pageant. According to her, she really wanted to win, but that time she did not get a prize, which was a severe disappointment for her.

Sarah recently shared her story on Instagram: “At the age of 16, I decided to try myself in a competition again. She worked hard, changed a lot about herself, and became, in my opinion, the kind of girl that people might like. But a few days before the competition, one angry boy said that I was “too ugly” to win. I still went to the competition, I was driven by the desire to prove to him that he was wrong. But that time I didn’t get the prize again. I was humiliated. Lowering my head, I thought that my failure meant one thing: the boy was right. I vowed never to enter competitions again. And she didn’t participate. Seven whole years."

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Way to success

So she took part in the competition again, which included a series of interviews, volunteer work and presentations.

Judging in the competition is based on “personal qualities, confidence and communication skills.” On her Pageant Planet profile, Sarah admitted that she wanted to become "the first plus-size Miss Alabama to show other women that they can achieve anything they set their mind to."

“I plan to break glass ceilings in beauty pageants to create a path for other women to pursue their dreams, no matter their shape or size,” she added.

Fighting cyberbullying

Sarah admitted that she was shocked by the barrage of hatred that poured out on her from some social media users. However, the girl also received enormous support from other people. Sarah gained 2500 followers on Instagram and Facebook in just one night.

On NAM's official Instagram account, she explained that she felt it was important to speak out about what was happening: “What some people said was disgusting. But I'm not going to dwell on it."

She emphasized that not all victims of cyberbullying can resist bullying in the same way as herself, and called on people to be kinder.

“The best way to prevent this is to simply spread kindness. Our mothers taught us: if you can’t say something good, don’t say anything,” said the winner.

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After winning, Sarah said: “It doesn’t matter what your body looks like, it doesn’t matter where you’re from. You have the power to achieve everything you set your mind to. I have met so many amazing and successful women. This was the best part of the competition."

Hundreds of Sarah's supporters have offered to help her - from dresses to thousands of dollars worth of cosmetics - to support her in the next step. Now the new Miss Alabama is preparing for the national finals, which will be held in Florida on November 28, Thanksgiving Day.

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