Miss Canada happy with Top 9 finish, says it got ‘body diversity’ message across

  • Miss Canada pleased with results in Miss Universe tilt
  • She said it meant her ‘body diversity’ message received positively by public
  • She also revealed not being pressured by bashers to fit in and become skinny
  • She promised to continue with her advocacy of redefining beauty

MANILA, Philippines – Despite not winning the Miss Universe crown, Miss Canada Siera Bearchell expressed satisfaction at her Top 9 finish which she took as a positive sign towards her advocacy of body diversity.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Bearchell said her ninth-place finish meant her message of not being ashamed of one’s body size was positively received by the public.

“I am thankful for everyone. I’m so happy that everyone kind of jumped on board with my message. And I think it made a big difference. I’m so excited,” she said.

Bearchell, the target of body shaming from critics, also revealed she was not at all pressured to reduce her size in the run-up to the pageant.

“I was not pressured by bashers; I’ve been myself the whole time,” she said.

And despite Miss Universe being over, the beauty queen promised to continue helping women overcome the stereotypes of body size.

“This is the generation of body diversity. This is the time we start working together to redefine the global vision of beauty,” she wrote in her Instagram account. “I was proud to the point of tears to represent myself, my country, and the women of the world. I promise you, this is just the beginning.”

The law student and marathon runner earlier took her critics down a peg; saying their negativity about her size only served to fuel her more.

“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 said.