Sierra Bearshall is opening up about the hate she’s received in the headlines.
Over the weekend, the 29-year-old former Miss Universe Canada took to Instagram to talk with her 174,000 followers about pageants, trolls, and body-shaming.
In the post, the beauty pageant titleholder shared photos of her competing in Miss Universe with examples of derogatory comments she has received about her body in the caption.
“Fat. Whale. Miss Piggy. Obese. Disgusting. I will never forget the thousands of comments thrown at me. People all over the world trying to tell me my body wasn’t fit to step on the Miss Universe stage, she wrote. “Fellow contestants later posted of themselves eating donuts and said they would if they were ‘fat like Miss Canada’.”
However, the model and entrepreneur hasn’t let the hate stop her from being an advocate for body positivity and self-love.
The mother of two explained, “I rise above hate to convey that size is not a measure of worth. Size is not a measure of leadership. And size certainly does not measure who you are as a person.” ” forever grateful for [Miss Universe] The organization firmly believes that beauty transcends size.”
Beerchall thanks contest judges for putting her “in the top” [nine] among 86 countries,” which is Canada’s highest and only placement in 10 years.
“Let it be a sign of believing in yourself even when others don’t,” she concluded.
On her Instagram story, the law graduate revealed she’s “on the fence” about putting pageant content behind her, referencing an Instagram Live where the Calgary-based content creator said that “Miss Universe has never been a certain size.” ‘s woman is not crowned.”
“This is totally true and all you have to do is Google ‘Miss Universe Crowning’ and you will see that there is not a single woman who is a 4/6 size. That’s what I said and people totally got it.” Taking it as a criticism of the previous title holder,” she explained.
Bearchell said she’s tired of the constant negativity that’s starting to wear her down, while sharing another mean comment calling her “disgusting” and “not inspiring.”
The activist wrote, “I’m so tired of trolls and so-called supporters who try to bring people down. I’m so grateful for the support that’s out there. Sometimes, the criticism is too much and overwhelming.” “…trying to let go of what I can’t control,” she added in another story.
In the comments of his post, fans rushed to Bearchall, calling him “an inspiration”.
“You paved the way, thank you for your voice,” commented a follower.
“You are an inspiration to the downtrodden too! And you are a queen to us forever!” shared to someone else.
Another said, “I started following you because I finally felt someone was real and it’s been an honor ever since.”
One fan wrote, “You are powerful and beautiful and your body is only part of the overall picture! You my friend are a true example.”