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Miss Universe Australia's Skinny Controversy

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    Controversy erupted on Thursday when Naumoska, 19, was selected as one of 32 finalists from a pool of 7,000 pageant hopefuls to compete in Australia's Miss Universe contest – a contest that reportedly promotes, "healthy, proportioned, bodies," according to Reuters.

    Naumoska, who is 5 ft. 11 in. tall and weighs just 108 lbs, had a body mass index of just 15.1.

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    Australian dietitian Melanie McGrice told Sydney's Daily Telegraph that her size is alarming and should require medical attention.

    "The World Health Authority rates people with a BMI of less than 18 as malnourished,'' she told the paper. "She would be categorized as underweight and I would certainly want to be doing an assessment of her diet to make sure she doesn't have some type of eating disorder. With a BMI like that, she needs blood tests, diet analysis and an overall assessment.''

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    Naumoska responded to critics on Thursday, telling Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, "I think it is very unfair that I have been criticized that I'm too skinny. I have never been anorexic or bulimic I don't throw up my meals after I eat them I don't starve myself, none of that. I eat six to eight healthy meals a day."

    Adding, "I have been modeling since I was 13 and have a lot of friends who are really tall and skinny. It is just the way that our bodies are.''

    Naumoska was beat by a 20-year-old television presenter and model Rachael Finch, however, for the title and the chance to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant.

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