Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl walked onto the
Still, Diehl's fame seems to have eclipsed that of winner Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada. She's been praised as a “thicker pageant girl,” an “average woman” and “not a bag of bones.” And she's been interviewed on programs including
Seriously? Diehl is a size 4. The 25-year-old is 5 feet, 8 inches, tall. She says she has a BMI of 18.
A bag of bones she is not, but she is far from average.
The average American woman, according to the
But there's something to be said for Diehl's message. She told Fox, "I trained very hard for the body I have." But, she said, "I didn't go to any extremes, and I'm proud of that."
Diehl's not into deprivation, she told the Indianapolis Star. She likes a good steak, and she likes hiking and jumping rope.
Miss Indiana also understands vacation eating.
After the pageant ended Sunday in Baton Rouge, she went out for fried gator, crawfish, beignets and wine, according to the Star. She and her friends and family ate to their heart's content.