Faced with body shaming, Siera Bearchell of Canada said she has proven her critics wrong after her top nine finish at the 65th Miss Universe competition on Monday.
In an interview with reporters on the red carpet of the afterparty in Okada Manila, Bearchell was all praise for the new Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere from France who was crowned on Monday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
“She’s beautiful, she’s sweet. We’re all happy, because she’s friendly from the inside out,” Bearchell said.
Bearchell even addressed a question from the press about how she feels like being “larger” than the other candidates.
“‘How does it feel to be so much.. larger than the other delegates?’ I was just asked this question in a press junket by a member of the media. I was left almost speechless,” Bearchell said in another Instagram post.
She said her answer to that question was: she felt great about body diversity.
“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?’ My answer – It feels great,” Bearchell said.
Bearchell has been promoting the message of body diversity, true to the Miss Universe trademark slogan of being “confidently beautiful.”
“I have a vision to redefine beauty. I have a vision in which women around the world will recognize that true beauty, validation and self-worth start from within,” Bearchell wrote in another Instagram post.
She called out her detractors calling her fat and lazy that she is not insecure about redefining the standards of beauty anchored on body diversity, now one of the core values of the Miss Universe.
“I 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,” Bearchell said.
“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,” she added.