Former Miss Universe Canada Siera Bearchell reflects on 'incredible' body after baby
Siera Bearchell is loving the resiliency and strength of her body.
On Wednesday, the 29-year-old former Canadian beauty pageant contestant posted a video looking over her pregnancy journey when she was carrying her baby son and second child, Iver, whom she shares with her husband, Brennen Wray. In the Instagram Reel, the Moose Jaw, Sask. native showed what her body looked like from the side, emphasizing her growing belly, as "There She Goes" by English band The La's played.
"There is no journey that has made me appreciate my body more than the journey of pregnancy," Bearchell wrote in her caption. "Women are truly amazing. We are capable of more than we know — mentally and physically. We are resilient, adaptable, strong, nurturing and simply incredible. Forever grateful to my body and the two gifts of life it has created."
"I was in labour in the last video. Iver was born two hours later," Bearchell added in a comment, while also saying, "Our bodies are amazing!" and, "I can't get over Lily's toe point at the end," in reference to her three-year-old daughter.
Fans showed their love for Bearchell in the comments, with many noting the beauty of the Miss Universe Canada 2016 winner.
"This is incredible," one fan wrote, along with a red heart emoji.
"You are a goddess," someone chimed in, while adding a flame emoji.
"The definition of glowing," added one person.
"Congratulations! Much love to your new bundle of joy!" someone else penned.
"You're glowing!" a fan raved.
"Hello! Followed you since your Miss Universe stint. You're just simply inspirational and relevant in the pageant world," another shared.
In September, Bearchell spoke to Fashion magazine about her journey as a beauty pageant contestant and using Miss Universe's international platform for body positivity.
"I went from being that teenage girl who was so skinny that people would tell me to eat a cheeseburger to becoming more athletic and curvy in my 20s," she explained, adding that when she first entered the Miss Universe competition in 2013, she was told she had a good chance of winning if she lost weight.
"I was instructed to eat as little as possible, and if I was really struggling, I could have a chicken breast with some greens once a day," Bearchell shared, while stating she was also studying law at the time at the University of Saskatchewan and had a hard time focusing due to a lack of energy.
"Some days, I would have a single protein bar, half in the morning and the other half later, and then do hours of workouts," she recalled. "I was so hungry that I had trouble falling asleep at night. But I believed this was what I had to do to succeed."
Bearchell was a size 0 at the time and didn't even place as a finalist. But in 2016, she decided to compete in the Miss Universe competition once again — this time as a size 8.
"I thought, 'I'll do this my way.' My body might not have been what the pageant world wanted, but I was proud of it. I wanted to be a person people could look up to and wholeheartedly be myself," she said, where she placed ninth in the competition that year.
"Body positivity and body confidence became my unintentional platform," she added. "Yes, I had trolls and faced many nasty comments, but I also had so many people supporting me and thanking me for being myself."
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