Society: Miss Universe Canada Speaks Out Against Body Shaming

Miss Canada Siera Bearchell has received many uninvited comments about her appearance, but she was still left “almost speechless” when a reporter asked her, “How does it feel to be so much… larger than the other delegates?”

Bearchell answered the question, asked during a press junket on Thursday, January 26, on her Instagram account.

 

“I thought, “How does it feel to be myself? How does it feel to be confident in who I am? How does it feel to fulfill my dream of representing Canada on the Miss Universe stage? How does it feel to be a role model for so many young women who struggle to find someone to look up to? How does it feel to redefine beauty?”” wrote Bearchell.

“My answer – It feels great.”

Earlier this month, the 23-year-old also posted that many regretted her weight gain. “While I am first to say I am not as lean as I was when I was 16, 20, or even last year, but I am more confident, capable, wise, humble and passionate than ever before,” wrote Bearchell.

“As soon as I started to love who I was rather than always trying to fit what I thought society wanted me to be, I gained a whole new side of life. This is the side I am trying to bring to the [Miss Universe] competition. The side of life that is so rare to find: self-worth and self-love.”

I was recently asked, “What happened to you? Why have you gained weight? You are losing points” This was a reference to my body of course. While I am first to say I am not as lean as I was when I was 16, 20, or even last year, but I am more confident, capable, wise, humble and passionate than ever before. 🙋🏻As soon as I started to love who I was rather than always trying to fit what I thought society wanted me to be, I gained a whole new side of life. This is the side I am trying to bring to the @missuniverse competition. The side of life that is so rare to find: self-worth and self-love. We always focus on the things we wish we could change rather than loving everything we are. #missuniverse #bodydiversity #IMG

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In an interview with ANC, Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz said the Canadian needed to lose some weight. “If Canada could lose 8 pounds, I love her face. Am I right? She’s beautiful,” Diaz said.

Bearchell’s posts have received positive responses from all over the world, with netizens calling her “an inspiration” and commending her for speaking up against body-shamers.

Plus-size model and the pageant’s backstage host, Ashley Graham showed her support for Miss Canada’s sentiment.

“My hope and my dream is that women of all shapes and all sizes… are able to compete and able to win and not have anybody have to talk about their weight, because that is the most ridiculous thing,” said Graham.

The Miss Universe pageant was concluded Monday in Manila, with Miss France, Iris Mittenaere winning the crown. Bearchell finished in Top 9.