Miss Canada takes down naysayers

The Miss Universe pageant has yet to begin, but Miss Canada has already won the crown in our hearts.

According to InStyleSiera Bearchell faced negative comments surrounding her appearance in the lead up to Sunday’s pageant, shaming her weight and size. But instead of letting the comments defeat her before the competition even started, InStyle says Bearchell siezed the moment to quash the negativity.

“While I am first to say I am not as lean as I was when I was 16, 20, or even last year,” she said in an Instagram post, “I am more confident, capable, wise, humble and passionate than ever before.”

When one naysayer argued that her weight is the product of a lack of discipline, Bearchell explained that she knows exactly what true discipline is — after all, she is a young law student, InStyle reports.

“It also takes discipline to be accepted into Law School. It takes discipline to run a marathon. It takes discipline to be true to ourselves in a world that is constantly trying to shape us into something we are not,” she said. “People have asked me if I changed my body to prove a point. No. Our lives are fluid, dynamic and ever-changing. So are our bodies.”

Detailing the lengths she went to in order to prepare for each pageant — restricting her diet, eating little and constantly working out — InStyle reports that Bearchell shared she is happy in the skin she’s in because she is confident, knowing that “that true beauty and validation start from within.”

Perhaps Bearchell’s newfound mission to spread body confidence and validation is best summed up in her own words:

“This is the side I am trying to bring to the @missuniverse competition. The side of life that is so rare to find: self-worth and self-love. We always focus on the things we wish we could change rather than loving everything we are.”

We know who we’ll be rooting for. Be sure to catch Siera this Sunday, Jan. 29 when she takes the stage of the Miss Universe pageant at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.


All represented in proposed change to Canadian national anthem

It’s time to change the antiquated, male-specific language that marks many countries’ traditions — that’s what lawmakers in Canada are trying to say with a recent proposal.

According to Women in the World, a vote was held on June 15 to change the lyrics of the country’s national anthem in an effort to make it gender equal.

“Since 1980, ‘O Canada‘ has been the country’s official national anthem,” reports Women in the World, “but the song was originally written in French a century earlier for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony, then translated to English later.”

The potential change will affect the line that says, “in all thy sons command,” with the revision making the lyric, “in all of us command” to make it inclusive of all genders. The edit, which was proposed in January by Mauril Belanger of the Liberal Party, aligns with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s agenda to promote gender equality, says Women in the World.

An attempt to change the lyrics was ventured in 2010, says Women in the World, but it was dismissed. For the most recent legislation to pass, it will have to be given a green light via a vote from the Senate.


Getting With The Times

In January 2015, UN Women found that only 17 percent of government ministers were women, with many overseeing fields like education and family. But on Nov. 5, Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, made an announcement that attempts to level this male-female cabinet member disparity.

According to the USA Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced his decision to make a gender-equal cabinet. His reasoning? “Because it’s 2015.”

Composing a cabinet comprised of 15 men and 15 women, Trudeau explains that he tried to pick a ministerial team that represents the diversity of Canada. As the 43-year-old leader of the Liberal Party took the oath of office on Wednesday, the USA Today says he also introduced a younger, more diverse cabinet. Most ministers, the USA Today explains, are between the ages of 35 and 50.

According to The Globe and MailPrime Minister Trudeau expressed his excitement over his newly-formed cabinet. “It’s an incredible pleasure for me to be here today, before you, to present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada.”

Thank you, Prime Minister Trudeau, for showing us that women deserve equal representation in politics because, well, it’s about time.