Siera Bearchell talks about the hate she received in the spotlight.
Over the weekend, the 29-year-old former Miss Universe Canada took to Instagram to talk pageants, trolls and body shaming with her 174,000 followers.
In the post, the beauty pageant titleholder shared photos of herself competing in Miss Universe along with examples of derogatory comments she received about her body in the caption.
“Fat. Whale. Miss Piggy. Obese. Disgusting. of Miss Universe,” she added. wrote. “Later, other contestants posted themselves eating donuts and said they would have been ranked if they were ‘as big as Miss Canada’.”
However, the model and entrepreneur hasn’t let hate stop her from being an advocate for body positivity and self-love.
“I moved past the hate to share that height is not a measure of worth. Height is not a measure of leadership. And height is certainly not a measure of who you are as a person. “, explained the mother of two children. I am eternally grateful for the [Miss Universe] organization to believe that beauty is beyond size.”
Bearchell then thanked the contest judges for placing her “in the Top [nine] among 86 countries,” which is Canada’s highest and only ranking in 10 years.
“Let it be your sign to believe in yourself even when others can’t,” she concluded.
On her Instagram story, the law grad revealed that she was “about to put pageant content behind her,” referencing an Instagram live where the Calgary-based content creator said that “Miss Universe never crowned a woman above a certain height”.
“It’s absolutely true and all you have to do is Google ‘Miss Universe Crownings’ and you’ll see there isn’t a single woman above a size 4/6. is what it is. People have completely misrepresented what I said and are taking it as criticism of the former titleholder,” she explained.
Bearchell added that she’s fed up with the constant negativity, which is starting to wear her down, while sharing another mean comment that called her “disgusting” and “not inspiring.”
“I’m so exhausted by the trolls and so-called supporters trying to bring people down. I’m so grateful for the support that’s out there. Sometimes the criticism is just too loud and overwhelming,” the activist wrote . “…I try to let go of what I can’t control,” she added in another story.
In the comments to her post, fans rushed to Bearchell’s side and called her an “inspiration.”
“You paved the way, thank you for your voice,” one follower commented.
“You are also an inspiration to underdogs! And you are forever a queen to us!” shared someone else.
“I started following you because I finally felt someone was real and it’s been an honor ever since,” another added.
“You are powerful and beautiful and your body is just part of the bigger picture! You my friend are a true example,” one fan wrote.