A pageant for plus-size women

July 16, 2005|By COX NEWS SERVICE

When Mo'Nique's Fat Chance airs Aug. 6 on the cable channel Oxygen, it will be sweet revenge for any woman who's ever been discriminated against for eating a Twinkie.

Or outweighing one.

The plus-size comedian put together the two-hour beauty pageant exclusively for women like her.

"We had some girls show up who were a size 4," Mo'Nique said. "I said, `No, baby. That's next door.'"

The 10 finalists included Tiffany Hall, 21, a student/librarian from Milledgeville, Ga. The pageant was taped Wednesday night, and Mo'Nique didn't disclose who won the title "Ms. F.A.T. (Fabulous and Thick)."

But she definitely made it sound like an honor.

"I'm fabulous and thick and not ashamed of it," said Mo'Nique, whose news conference featured "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance Dancers" shimmying in all their plus-size, spangly hot pants glory. "So when somebody goes to me, `Hey, fat girl,' I go, `Thank you very much. You noticed.'"

Meanwhile, no small-potatoes pageant judge would do. Enter Shaquille O'Neal.

"He's one of my best friends," Mo'Nique explained. "And I said, `Hey, baby, I need you to sit there 'cause you're a real big, big, big, big man.'"

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