Miss Canada Siera Bearchell made waves in social media last week when she responded to body shamers with a message on self-love and self-worth, accompanied by a photo of her smashing self in a swimsuit during the Miss Universe 2016 swimwear fashion show in the Philippines.
The 23-year-old said that she may not be as lean as she was when she was “16, 20, or even last year” but she is more “confident, capable, wise, humble and passionate than ever before.” She also emphasized the importance of self-love and self-worth. Click here to read the complete message.
She wanted women to know that being comfortable with whatever bodies they have is okay, according to an interview with BBC. The Miss Universe hopeful says that she feels more confident now than when she was “eating very little and working out a lot.”
Bearchell is a very passionate person who speaks out and acts for what she believes in. In her video for Miss Universe 2016, the law student reveals that she volunteered for the Red Cross and that she traveled to Kenya, Africa to build a school for the children.
Bearchell isn’t the only Miss Universe personality to fight back against body shaming. In September 2016, Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado made a stand against then-Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in an interview with CNN. Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and said in interviews that Machado had “gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.”
Candidates undergo a lot of pressure to stay in shape. Aside from the judges, they also have to face unforgiving public scrutiny. But staying in shape doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. It’s a good thing that Bearchell broke out of her “chicken and asparagus subsistence” but still continues to eat healthy and workout regularly. (Read: 5 Reasons to NEVER Crash Diet for a Pageant.)
Most of all, Bearchell just elevated herself as a champion for women who need to be reminded that self-worth isn’t measured by their shape and size.
High five, Siera!