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There is truth to her national costume: Miss Canada Siera Bearschell, what a unique snowflake, you are!

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After getting called fat and being shamed for it, Bearschell took to Instagram to respond to her critics in the most beautiful way. “As soon as I started to love who I was rather than always trying to fit what I thought society wanted me to be, I gained a whole new side of life. This is the side I am trying to bring to the Miss Universe competition,” read a portion of caption that accompanied a photo of her in a swimsuit, looking healthy and happy.

“The side of life that is so rare to find: self worth and self-love. We always focus on the things we wish we could change rather than loving everything we are,” her beautiful message continued.

In another post, she wrote: “It takes discipline to have the body of a Miss Universe. It also takes discipline to be accepted into Law School. It takes discipline to run a marathon. It takes discipline to be true to ourselves in a world that is constantly trying to shape us into something we are not.

“Our lives are fluid, dynamic and ever-changing. So are our bodies…my body is not naturally lean and that’s okay. I am healthy. I am fit. I am confident. I am me.”

Of course the world took notice of her refreshing outlook, and the way she approached her critics.

“If pageants are going to become more modern (as they should), they need to model themselves after Bearschell’s outlook. Strength, confidence, and happiness are the true ingredients of beauty—not insance fitness routines,” Christopher Rosa wrote on Glamour.

“Bearschell now hopes to use her newfound confidence and commitment to self-love to inspire others, specifically women, to do the same. An for that reason, she’s our Miss universe—no matter what the pageant judgets say,” Allure‘s Gillian Fuller said.

On Cosmopolitan, Gina Mei gave out an enthusiastic “Amen to that!” after quoting Bearshell: “They 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.”

The Independent, CBC News, and The BBC have all published a story following Miss Canada’s refreshing outlook, but CNN.com‘s hit the nail right on the head. Two days ago, the news channel published a story about the same episode and titled it “Miss Universe Canada takes on body-shamers with a badass message.”

Badass indeed. Badass.

I was recently asked, "What happened to you? Why have you gained weight? You are losing points" This was a reference to my body of course. 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. 🙋🏻As soon as I started to love who I was rather than always trying to fit what I thought society wanted me to be, I gained a whole new side of life. This is the side I am trying to bring to the @missuniverse competition. The side of life that is so rare to find: self-worth and self-love. We always focus on the things we wish we could change rather than loving everything we are. #missuniverse #bodydiversity #IMG

A photo posted by Siera Bearchell (@sierabearchell) on

"It takes discipline to have the body of a Miss Universe." It also takes discipline to be accepted into Law School. It takes discipline to run a marathon. It takes discipline to be true to ourselves in a world that is constantly trying to shape us into something we are not. People have asked me if I changed my body to prove a point. No. Our lives are fluid, dynamic and ever-changing. So are our bodies. To be truthful, I restricted my food intake intensely at previous pageants and was miserable, self-conscious and I never felt good enough. No matter how little I ate and how much weight I lost, I constantly compared myself to others and felt like I could still lose more. My mental perception did not match the physical body I saw in the mirror. There were days I would eat a protein bar, workout for hours and struggle to fall asleep because I as so hungry. My body is not naturally lean and that's okay. I am healthy. I am fit. I am confident. I am me. This is who I am right now and I'm okay with it, so you should be too. My fellow ladies, remember that true beauty, and validation start from within. 💛 #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse

A photo posted by Siera Bearchell (@sierabearchell) on

I am secure and that's what makes me beautiful. 🙋🏻 When you call me lazy, fat, and mediocre, what are you saying to the women of the world? Miss Universe is an organization built on the foundation of inclusion and diversity. It is no longer the "beauty pageant" it used to be. 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. ❤ #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse @missuniverse #bodydiversity #beautybeyondsize

A photo posted by Siera Bearchell (@sierabearchell) on

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