Miss Indiana may not have made the judges’ cut in Sunday’s Miss USA 2014 competition, but her stunning appearance in the bikini parade may have earned her a social media crown.
When Mekayla Diehl took the stage, fans watching the competition flocked to Twitter with compliments about her “normal” bikini bod.
The 25-year-old beauty queen didn’t make it out of the semifinals and into the Top 10 in the competition. That didn’t stop viewers from cheering her on, though.
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Several admirers applauded her for "looking like an average woman" and not being "crazy skinny."
But Diehl encouraged her followers not to focus on being "normal."
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“’Normal’ is just an opinion,” Diehl tweeted Monday. “I admire anyone who lives a healthy lifestyle. Just be confident in your own skin is all I ask.”
Diehl said she’s just hoping to be an inspiration to women.
“That’s all I want in the end,” she tweeted.
I love how Miss Indiana isn't crazy skinny — Katie Plowman (@kaiteplowman) June 9, 2014