Miss Universe Contestant Claps Back at Body Shamers Who Criticized Her Weight

Miss Universe pageant contestant Siera Bearchell took to Instagram after she was recently targeted by social media trolls, apparently for a slight gain in her weight. 

While the aspiring pageant queen is no stranger to this kind of negativity, she decided to address the issue head-on.

"I was recently asked, 'What happened to you? Why have you gained weight? You are losing points,'" she wrote in the post. "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," she continued. "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. We always focus on the things we wish we could change rather than loving everything we are."

While her response is both graceful and admirable, it's understandable these hurtful comments weren't conducive to her personal struggle with body image.

In another post, Siera opens up about how she went on strict diets while preparing for pageants and how that just wasn't something that was good for her physical or mental health.

"'It takes discipline to have the body of a Miss Universe,'" she begins. "It also takes discipline to be accepted into law school. It takes discipline to run a marathon. It takes discipline to be true to ourselves in a world that is constantly trying to shape us into something we are not."
Miss Canada Siera Bearchell participates in a swimwear fashion show in Cebu City, central Philippines on January 17, 2017. The Miss Universe pageant will be held on January 30. / AFP / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)
"People have asked me if I changed my body to prove a point," she continues. "No. Our lives are fluid, dynamic and ever-changing. So are our bodies. To be truthful, I restricted my food intake intensely at previous pageants and was miserable, self-conscious, and I never felt good enough. No matter how little I ate and how much weight I lost, I constantly compared myself to others and felt like I could still lose more. My mental perception did not match the physical body I saw in the mirror. There were days I would eat a protein bar, workout for hours and struggle to fall asleep because I as so hungry."
Thankfully, over time and after learning the importance of self-love, Siera says she has learned to accept her body just the way it is.

"My body is not naturally lean and that's okay," she says. "My fellow ladies, remember that true beauty and validation start from within." Preach.




"It takes discipline to have the body of a Miss Universe." It also takes discipline to be accepted into Law School. It takes discipline to run a marathon. It takes discipline to be true to ourselves in a world that is constantly trying to shape us into something we are not. People have asked me if I changed my body to prove a point. No. Our lives are fluid, dynamic and ever-changing. So are our bodies. To be truthful, I restricted my food intake intensely at previous pageants and was miserable, self-conscious and I never felt good enough. No matter how little I ate and how much weight I lost, I constantly compared myself to others and felt like I could still lose more. My mental perception did not match the physical body I saw in the mirror. There were days I would eat a protein bar, workout for hours and struggle to fall asleep because I as so hungry. My body is not naturally lean and that's okay. I am healthy. I am fit. I am confident. I am me. This is who I am right now and I'm okay with it, so you should be too. My fellow ladies, remember that true beauty, and validation start from within. 💛 #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse
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