JASON'S PICK - WINNER
Miss UK Returns Crown After Being Told To Lose Weight
Zoiey Smale was thrilled when she was crowned Miss UK in the United Kingdom round of the Miss United Continents pageant in June. With that win, she was qualified to compete in the international pageant in Ecuador. But when contest organizers talked to her about moving forward in the contest, they told her if she wanted a shot at winning, she’d have to “lose as much weight as possible.”
Of course, the comments hurt Smale and made her feel badly about herself. She told her director that she didn’t think someone should say that to girls and that it was awful, horrible and wrong, explaining that she didn’t think someone had to be stick thin to be a good role model. And then she gave back her crown and forfeited her place in the international contest.
“Some of you may think this is cowardly, however I don’t think it is the right to have my face representing a pageant ethos I do not believe in,” Smale writes in a Facebook post. “I will be handing back my crown and wish the new title holder the very best of luck.”
Since her announcement, Smales has received tons of support on social media and she says reading other people’s personal experiences shows her that she’s not alone. We’re glad she didn’t let someone else’s idea of beauty change hers. What a great example she’s setting!
Don't Get Scammed When Donating For Hurricane Harvey Relief
Watching all the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and other areas of Texas will understandably move many people to want to do something to help, and while giving money or goods is a great thing to do, folks need to make sure they aren’t being scammed. Unfortunately, while disasters like this bring out the best in people, they also brings out the worst, with crooks and scammers duping people into thinking they are donating to a real charitable organization and then running away with the money.
But there are things to look out for to make sure you aren’t being scammed and your money is really going to help those in need. Tips include"
- Be on the lookout for organizations and websites with names that closely resemble reputable organizations, like givetotheredcross.org rather than redcross.org.
- Real organizations have no problem providing proof a donation is tax deducible so if yours won’t, it could be a scam.
- Never give money through a link you get via email, even if it’s sent by someone you trust. If you want to give to an organization go directly to their site and give money that way.
- Watch out for email attachments with links allegedly to charitable organizations which could contain malware.
- Think twice before giving money to anyone pressuring you to donate. Reputable organizations should give you time to do your research before giving money
- Never give money to someone asking for cash donations or to have you wire them money.
Source: USA Today
Listen and play along with You Choose The News weekdays at 6:45am