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Australian beauty is too skinny

AUSTRALIA'S Miss Universe contest was thrown into controversy yesterday with doctors and dieticians complaining a leading finalist was "skin and bones" and dangerously malnourished.

Sydney model Stephanie Naumoska, 19, was one of 32 contestants from more than 7,000 hopefuls to make the glittering final of an event promoting "healthy, proportioned bodies."

"Bony or beautiful?" newspaper headlines said over photographs of a gaunt Naumoska posing in a red bikini.

Health professionals said Naumoska, who is 1.8 meters tall and weighs just 49 kilograms, had a body mass index of just 15.1 - well under the benchmark of 18 for malnutrition.

"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," dietician Melanie McGrice said. "She needs blood tests, diet analysis and an overall assessment."

Brunette Naumoska was defeated in the final by 20-year-old television presenter and model Rachael Finch.


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