Miss Universe & Body shaming

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Alicia Machado’s is perhaps the most known case of body shaming in pageantry.

Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach is receiving many negative comments these days for looking very skinny.  Pia was on the heavier side when she won her national pageant but diligently got into a fabulous shape by the time Miss Universe finals arrived.  However, in the past month or two, she seems to have lost a lot of weight.  It seems she has given up on strength training, which helped her get into the perfect shape at first place.  The muscle tone just isn’t there anymore.  Interestingly, Pia speaks a lot against cyber-bulling and she had even supported a fat girl, who auditioned for Binibining Pilipinas this year and got trolled on internet for her size.

This is a bit similar to case of Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado, who received a lot of flak for putting on weight during her Miss Universe reign.  Of course, it was much more serious a case, while compared to Miss Wurtzbach’s situation.  In fact, during Miss USA 1997 finals, the last question was related to the matter and the Top 3 finalists gave their opinions in the presence of Alicia during the event.  Alicia has often criticized Mr. Trump for the way she was treated.

Our take on body shaming of Miss Universe winners

As a pageant community, we do not support body shaming in any form and under any circumstances. We should learn to love our bodies just the way they are, because they function fabulously in many ways apart from their mere looks. Also, no one ever achieved betterment in their fitness situations by condemning where they were in terms of their physiques.

Whether you gain unnecessary weight or lose a lot of it, you are the same person who won hearts during the contest.  Your soul is the same and so is your mind.

As such, especially for many people in glamor field, it is not generally difficult to become fitter.  They know the right people who can help and often have the money for such services.

People can rather be supportive to beauty queens in the endeavors to improve bodies, rather than bashing or shaming them in rude ways.  As they say, either speak good or just keep mum. 🙂

Credits: Miss Universe Facebook & Inquirer website