Siera Bearchell weighs in on comments about Catriona Gray's ‘plump’ body
Plump? Chubby? Not toned?
Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray's photos from a trip to Koh Larn Island in Pattaya has attracted some negative comments from people who think that she doesn't have a "Miss Universe body."
These remarks prompted a response video from Miss Universe Canada 2016 Siera Bearchell, who has been closely following the Miss Universe 2018 activities in Thailand.
Siera said that she found the comments made about Catriona's body "disturbing", as the pictures show the outline of Filipino-Australian beauty queen's rib and abs. Her hip bones are also visible.
"There's nothing plump about her at all," Siera declared.
The Canadian beauty queen explained that she wanted to speak up against these comments because they could affect how young girls and women in general see themselves.
"There are women, women of all ages, who are reading those comments and they'll think, 'If these people are saying these stuff about her, what would they say about me?'"
Siera is currently pregnant with her first child and she said that she couldn't imagine how devastating it would feel if her daughter start doubting her worth because people find her body unattractive.
Having been on the receiving end of insults like "Miss Piggy" or "Fat Queen", Siera said that she now leaves positive comments on the candidates' social media accounts. According to her, supportive words helped her shake off the unnecessarily critical remarks.
Siera further stated that all the candidates have bodies and they are competing in Miss Universe, which means that they have the "Miss Universe body" by default. However, she said that a beauty queen's figure is a very small part of what makes her a winner.
"Miss Universe is not about having defined abs or skinny legs ... there's so much more to it," Siera added. "Having a 'Miss Universe body', whatever that means, it doesn't mean anything."
Siera argued that the fact that a bigger candidate hasn't won Miss Universe yet doesn't meant that the organization will never crown anyone that's not thin or slim.
"I don't think Miss Universe has to crown somebody who is totally outside the norm just to prove a point. I think whoever's deserving of the title will win the title."
The 2018 Miss Universe coronation night will be held on December 17. Reigning queen Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will be crowning her successor. — AT, GMA News