Feeling insecure about your weight?
"Laugh it off," said Miss Canada-Universe 2016 Siera Bearchell, who made a mark during the Miss Universe 2016 by speaking out against body-shaming comments.
Despite constant criticisms about having a "relatively larger" body type than other contestants, she made it to the pageant's top ten.
And the beauty queen hopes to help change the women's mindset about the kind of sexy that society dictates them to be.
"I think that translated to representing women of the world by being confident of who you are.
"And it doesn’t matter what size you are... Just being comfortable in your own skin... That’s what I’m representing," she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the media launch of the first branch of Tim Hortons café and restaurant at the Uptown Place Mall in BGC, Taguig City.
Asked how she has been handling the bashers, the 24-year-old law student said that she learned not to worry about what other people think of her.
"No matter what you do in life, there will always be people who will criticize you, and you just have to laugh it off.
"I don’t know what brings people to says things they do, but what I want people to recognize more is that the things that you say.
"There’s something on the other side of that.
"I’m a strong person, I can handle that stuff, but some girls can’t and it hurts."
Hence, she has been directing her posts to bashers.
"So I would encourage people to not make those comments to start with rather than [tell them] how to deal with negative comments."
This physical body is NOT an indication of health-including physical and mental health. To call me lazy is an insult. To say I was healthier when I was more lean is ignorant. To define me by my body demonstrates the inadequacy of our society. I'm not saying these things just for the judgment directed at me personally. I'm saying them for every woman who has ever questioned her self-worth because of her physical being. We are not defined by our appearance. When we think about the people we love, we think about their character, their humour, their intelligence, their wit, their generosity, their kindness and humility.... we don't define our friends and family solely on their appearance. So please inform me why it's okay to belittle those we don't even know based only on what is seen on the outside?
HEALTHY EATING. Truth be told, Sierra said she’s not strict about what she eats as long as it’s healthy.
"It kinda depends where I am, what I’m doing. But I guess in the morning, maybe peanut butter toast and banana.
"Maybe an apple for snack. For lunch, like, a really nice salad with lots of fruits and vegetables.
"Maybe a smoothie as another snack, and then for dinner, I don’t know...I like so many foods. Maybe a tofu surprise,” she beamed.
NO-MAKEUP LOOK. During her recent stay in Manila, Sierra posted a photo of herself clad in an active wear sans makeup to show her Instagram followers that she is content and confident with just the way she is.
Here's me with no makeup, wearing a sports bra as a swim top and enjoying every second spent at the @newworldmanilabay When you let go and stop worrying about what others think about you, you are able to feel a whole new side of happiness and confidence. Thank you so much for having us @newworldmanilabay !! I cannot wait to be back Photo taken by Dad @rod_bearchell #newworldmanilabay #discovernewworld
At the end of the day, it's not really about what people think, but how you see yourself.