Raise your hand if you've had days when your insecurities eat you up. Don't worry, this is a safe space and we won't judge you. You see, being insecure about something is quite normal. It happens to the best of us. Lucky for us, we ran into 2016 Miss Universe-Canada Siera Bearchell at the opening of Tim Hortons (a coffee and donut chain in Canada that recently opened its first branch at the Uptown Mall in BGC) and talked to her about something she's a little too familiar with. Having been through a lot of bashing and criticism about her weight not being the "ideal size" for a Miss U candidate, we asked her for advice on dealing with insecurities, body shaming, and people who have nothing good to say. Here's what she said:
On being insecure
"Focus on the things that you love about yourself. What do we love? What do we like about ourselves? That's what's most important."
On body shaming
"Be comfortable in your own skin. We live in a world that tells us to change things and to focus on what we don't like and what we wanna change [about ourselves], and so as soon as we can accept who we are, love ourselves for who we are, you experience this new kind of happiness and self acceptance that allows you to experience success in so many areas of your life."
On dealing with criticism
"No matter what you do in life, there's gonna be people who are going to criticize you and you just have to be able to kind of laugh it off because those people. I don't know what it brings people to say some of the things they do, but what I want people to recognize more is that the things that you say, there's somebody on the other side of that. I'm a strong person; I can handle that stuff, but some girls can't and it hurts, you know? I would encourage people more to not make those comments rather than how to deal with the comments. We have to first start by not saying those kind of things."
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