This Miss Universe Contestant Wants Body-Shaming Trolls To Know 'Negativity Only Fuels Her Fire'

"I will not be brought down by shallow negativity."

Most contestants competing for Miss Universe are all too familiar with criticism, whether it's coming from judges, their fans or themselves. But one contestant, who was recently body-shamed, decided she's had enough of the negativity. 

Miss Canada Siera Bearchell took to Instagram to instead promote a message of self-love and body confidence.

"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"
"l am secure and that's what makes me beautiful. When you call me lazy, fat, and mediocre, what are you saying to the women of the world? Miss Universe is an organization built on the foundation of inclusion and diversity. It is no longer the 'beauty pageant' it used to be. The mission of Miss Universe is to provide the tools for women to reach their personal best and use those skills to serve others. That's exactly what I am doing and I will not be brought down by shallow negativity. In fact, the negativity only fuels my fire to keep working on a platform that so evidently needs to be progressed. This journey has just begun. #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse @missuniverse #bodydiversity #beautybeyondsize" 

Bearchell's comments come after other contestants who have also spoken out about how pageants have changed in recent years to be about more than just good looks. Last year, Miss Universe contestants shared selfies without makeup to show that they were confidently beautiful and Erin O'Flaherty made history as the first openly gay contestant to win a state pageant. 

Combined with pageants that celebrate albinism and pay tribute to Holocaust survivors, today's beauty pageants appear to be evolving to be more inclusive spaces where negativity will not be tolerated.


Check out Bearchell's story in the video below.

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