Blog: Miss Seattle speaks Chinese

McKinley Smith

McKinley Smith, who was crowned as 2010 Miss Seattle, was at the Seattle Rotary Club meeting held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, speaking about eating disorders.

Having previously suffered from bulimia, McKinley’s goal is to educate the community about eating disorders through her service platform organization, National Eating Disorders Association, which is headquartered in Seattle.

McKinley’s platform is “EveryBODY is beautiful,” which promotes eating disorder awareness.

A University of Washington graduate, she spent six months in Chongqing, China, researching eating disorders.

She was once recruited into a cheerleading squad and was forced to fit into tight-waisted pants. Chinese girls carry negative body images because little waists are considered to be the norm.

Did McKinley wear the pants?

She did after removing the elastic part. She was nervous because her pants could have fallen off during the cheering.

They didn’t.

Perhaps God heard her prayers that she would do anything to honor him if her pants stayed attached.
Inside the restroom, I tested her Chinese. McKinley passed.

Good luck to McKinley, who will compete in the Miss Washington pageant in July. ♦

One Response to “Blog: Miss Seattle speaks Chinese”

  1. Hi!

    It was great to meet you. I’d love to tell you more about my research in Chengdu, China and about how eating disorders are spreading in China as a result of westernized media and the shifting nutrition transition.

    I am so glad I passed your Chinese test. :-)

    Looking forward to talking with you again,
    McKinley Smith
    Miss Seattle 2010

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