A Spagtacular Evening of Beauty, Acceptance, and Celebration

Janiqueel attends the Miss Top of the World Singapore Coronation to find beauty in variation.

When it comes to beauty, women are nothing short of amazing. They come in variations of shapes, colors, and sizes. Each part of their character and personality adds an element to their beauty.

Raheem DeVaughn

Mr. C and I felt fortunate to have been invited to the Mis top of the World Singapore coronation at the ever-so-friendly and delightfully named Spagtacular Cafe on South Bridge Road. We found a toothsome buffet dinner, a celebratory atmosphere, and open-minded participants and guests there to salute beauty in all its permutations. More interested in the balloons and desserts, Mr. C had an unwitting introduction to a world where beauty wasn’t strictly defined by constraining definitions. We learned about acceptance personified by the body-image-positive smiles of the contestants and the audience.

Her Excellency, Miss Dashna Latha, a full-time Financial Consultant, was there to accept the praise and respect due to the winner of this year’s Miss Top of the World Plus Size Singapore. Like her compatriots, she exuded grace, good humor, and pride in being honored. She remarked, “Spreading the message that beauty comes in any shape or size. There isn’t any particular feature or look to determine how beautiful a person is and that true beauty comes from within.” Urging all to stop trying to be larger, smaller, curvier, less curvy, whiter, darker, taller, shorter, etc. etc. etc. and start accepting themselves for the beautiful humans beneath and beyond the skin and outward appearance.

When asked about winning the title, she said, “I feel privileged and honored to be representing the plus-sized community in Singapore. I intend to uphold this title with utmost respect and integrity, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to everyone to accept themselves for what they are.” 

It was light-hearted evening made so by the pleasing, unpretentious venue and the grace and generosity of the people in attendance.

Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they’re alive and human.

Albert Ellis

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