24-year-old Miss Grand Nakhon Phanom 2019, Coco Arayha Suparurk, sparked outrage online after she shared an Instagram story with the reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray being compared to Miss Grand International 2018, Clara Sosa.
The Thai beauty queen aspirant has since deleted the photo that describes Clara as fit and Catriona as fat but the pageant fans aren’t having it.
Neither of them responded to the issue yet. If it was intended for publicity, Coco now has it for the wrong reason as she has been strongly criticized for body shaming Catriona.
Prior to winning Miss Universe 2018, Catriona (photo above) also received a lot of negative comments on her bikini body photos taken during a trip to Koh Larn Island in Pattaya, Thailand. Bashers described her as “plump,” “not toned,” and “chubby” on social media.
So what’s up with all the backlash against Coco? Well, coming from someone who aspires to be an international beauty queen, it’s totally not okay when she is supposed to be a role model and inspiration to young women.
Former Miss Universe Canada, Siera Bearchell, who received the same hateful messages when she was competing in Miss Universe 2016 in the Philippines, said about body shaming on her Youtube channel, “It’s damaging to the person the message directed towards, it’s damaging to the people who already feel self conscious, they feel they don’t have a high self worth or already don’t like their bodies. Those words are just damaging.”
Coco will compete in Miss Grand Thailand 2019 pageant at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre on July 13. If she wins, she will go on to represent Thailand at the Miss Grand International 2019 pageant on October 25 in Caracas, Venezuela.