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Miss Universe Contestant Has No Time For Body-Shamers

Siera Bearchellis a body positivity hero.

The Canadian Miss Universe contestant has been under fire on social media recently since shes gained some weight between her pageant debut and now.

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Bearchell is slated to compete in the Miss Universe pageantthis upcoming Sunday as Miss Canada. She took to Instagram to address those who have been critical on her size 😛 TAGEND

I was lately asked, What happened to you? Why have you gained weight? You are losing points. This was a reference to my body of course, her caption reads.

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.

Bearchell goes on to talk about her complicated relationship with food something so many people struggle with in another post.

To be truthful, I restricted my food intake intensely at previous pageants and was miserable, self-conscious and I never felt good enough, she writes.No matter how little I feed 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 find in the mirror. There were days I would feed a protein bar, workout for hours and struggle to fall asleep because I as so hungry.

Bearchell tells once she stopped fighting her bodys natural shape, she realise itsnot naturally lean and thats okay.

I am healthy. I am fit. I am confident. I am me. This is who I am right now and Im okay with it, so you should be too.

All the haters have just maintained Bearchell running and fighting harder, leading to her post again yesterday with a note that said 😛 TAGEND

I will not be brought down by shallow negativity. In fact, the negativity merely fuels my fire to keep working on a platform that so evidently needs to be progressed.

Hear! Hear! Good luck Siera. Well be rooting for you, sister. You can tune in to the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Jan. 29, on Fox at 7/9 c.

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