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NEW YORK: A British beauty queen says she was told to put on more weight for the upcoming Miss World competition - an unexpected request, considering she is not rail-thin.

"I was a little bit shocked," Miss England Georgia Horsley said in an interview on NBC's Today show.

"I don't think I'm too thin. I'm happy with the way I am," said the 20-year-old. She added: "I probably would have been more hurt if they told me to lose weight, I think."

Horsley said pageant organisers want "their girls to be more voluptuous and womanly and curvy, you know, rather than the stick-thin models that you see around."

"I've just got quite more of an athletic, boyish-type figure rather than the hourglass figure that some women have," said the 5-foot-8 inches Horsley. "And they're just seeing if, you know, I could maybe put a bit of weight on and it might give me those curves." The pageant will be held in China on December 1. "They've not given me a total (weight) to get to. But I'm going to eat, you know, healthy fats such as nuts and avocado, oily fish, things like that." Horsley said the request was no big deal, comparing it to being asked to get a tan or let her hair grow.

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