Siera Bearchell has gained weight since she made her pageant debut, and she’s proud of her body.
Siera Bearchell is supposed to be gearing up for the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday as Miss Canada, but instead she’s dealing with trolls. Specifically, body shamers. After people began criticizing her for gaining weight, People reports, she took to Instagram to set them straight.
A week ago, the 23-year-old addressed her critics directly, writing, “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.”
She followed this up with another post, going deeper into her journey towards self-acceptance.
In the post, Bearchell opens up about her past relationship with her body. “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, going on to explain that there was no “perfect” weight that stopped her from comparing herself to others. No matter how much she lost or didn’t eat, she never felt good enough.
It took some time before Bearchell realized that she wasn’t battling her body, she was battling herself.
“My body is not naturally lean and that’s okay,” she continues. “I am healthy. I am fit. I am confident. I am me.”