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This is How You Respond to "Tumataba ka" 

Say it like a queen!
IMAGE Leighton Bearchell | instagram.com/sierabearchell

Miss Universe Canada Siera Bearchell may not have won the crown and the title, but she has definitely succeeded in using the competition as a platform "to be a voice for young women who have struggled with self-worth and self-confidence." Thanks to her, our voices were made louder and clearer. Also thanks to her, we now have a classy way to respond to body shamers. Imagine replying to them with these statements? LOL! Below are five examples.  

  1. "How does it feel to be larger than most people your age?"

"How does it feel to be myself? How does it feel to be confident in who I am? How does it feel to redefine beauty? It feels great."

  1. "Mag-diet ka na!"

"I have a vision to redefine beauty. I have a vision in which women around the world will recognize that true beauty, validation, and self-worth start from within."

  1. "Parang tumataba ka yata?"

"I am secure and that's what makes me beautiful."

  1. "Maganda ka sana kaso mataba ka."

"The negativity only fuels my fire to keep working on a platform that so evidently needs to be progressed."

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  1. "Kain ka kasi ng kain."

"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."

Got more queen-like retorts for body shamers? Leave them in the comments below!

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