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Vered Fisher (centre) was crowned this year's Miss Large Israel

A 22-year-old weighing almost 250lbs has taken the crown in Israel’s annual Fat and Beautiful contest.

Vered Fisher, who is this year’s Miss Large Israel, beat off stiff competition from 15 other women.

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Entrants to the event in Beersheva, southern Israel, which is now in its 20th year, must weigh over 176lbs.

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Contestants must weigh over 176lbs to enter

Esterica Nagid, a modelling agent and the contest’s sponsor, told Reuters: “There’s no difference between skinny and fat.

“Nobody said only thin girls are beautiful. I am not encouraging fat but if it exists, then this is the place for it.”

Miss Fisher said: “Stay this way because you are pretty as you are and you can succeed as you are.”

In March Israel banned the use of underweight models in advertising, under new legislation, which also forces magazines and papers to make it clear when they have used air-brushing.

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  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)

  • Contestants in Israel's "Miss Large" beauty pageant in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. Sixteen women with a minimum weight of 80 kilograms from across Israel participated in the pageant for the winning title. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty)