Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray answered questions about bullying and body-shaming on her Twitter account last Sunday, just a week after the newly-crowned Miss Grand Thailand 2019, Coco Arayha Suparurk, posted a controversial photo on Instagram.
Although the recent issue was never mentioned throughout the question-and-answer session, Catriona’s notable responses are quite timely and relevant to the viral post that called her “fat.”
“Obviously I stand firmly against any form of bullying and bashing – online and off. It is never, ever okay to put someone down for the sake of ‘expressing your opinion.’ With words come to power and we should be using those words to build someone up and not pull them down.”
One of her more than half a million followers on the social media, who described herself as a “fat girl” struggling with self-love, asked for a piece of advice, Catriona replied, “You are so much more than your body! You are your mind and your unique talents and your character and your life experiences and your personality! You are so so much more than the exterior! And people will always remember how you made them feel and not how you looked.”
The reigning Miss Universe from the Philippines, well-spoken, genuine, empathetic, and inspiring as always, couldn’t have said it better. She truly embodies the right qualities a beauty queen should have.
“Body-shaming is hurtful and should never be tolerated. If anyone reading this too has been body-shamed, I know how it feels. I’m sorry you’ve had to experience that. But know that you are more than your appearance. You are a capable, unique, and worthy person. And you are never alone.”
Catriona has definitely set the bar up too high. With just about 6 months left until a new Miss Universe is crowned, we couldn’t help but wonder who among this year’s national winners would be able to measure up to high expectations.
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