The current Miss Universe has hit out at body-shamers in an online rant weeks after she was called ‘fat’ by a fellow model.
Filipino champion Catriona Gray, 25, said body-shaming should ‘not be tolerated’ as she vented her fury in a Q&A with her 580,000 Twitter followers last week.
It comes after Coco Arayha Suparurk, who was recently crowned Miss Grand Thailand International 2019, shared a meme calling her ‘fat’ earlier this month.
Catriona Gray, 25, is the current Miss Universe winner having taken the crown in November last year
She is a Filipino-Australian model, singer, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2018. She is the fourth Filipina to win the pageant
The meme, posted on Suparurk’s Instagram, compared the bodies of Gray and Clara Sosa, Miss Grand International 2018.
The meme had the words ‘fit’ next to Sosa’s picture, and ‘fat’ next to Gray’s image.
Asked by a fan what her take on body-shaming was, Gray said she knew how it felt to be victimized.
‘Bodyshaming is hurtful and shld never be tolerated. If anyone reading this too has been bodyshamed, I know how it feels,’ she tweeted.
‘I’m sorry you’ve had to experience that. But knw that you are more than your appearance. You are a capable, unique and worthy person. And you are never alone.’
Suparurk was quick to delete the meme after backlash from Gray’s legion of fans in the Philippines and around the world.
She said she had been a victim of bodyshaming in a Twitter rant during a Q&A with her followers
Gray is the first Filipina to represent the country in both the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions
Gray did not publicly respond to the image at the time, but during her Q&A with her followers, she made her feelings on body-shaming known.
Later, she added: ‘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 power and we should be using those words to build someone up and not pull them down.’
Gray was crowned Miss Universe last year after beating off more than 70 competitors during the competition, which was held in Bangkok.
Since taking the crown, Gray has been in New York to work with the Miss Universe Organisation to carry out charity and modelling work around the world.
Coco Arayha Suparurk, who was recently crowned Miss Grand Thailand International 2019, posted a controversial meme last month
In the meme she compared the bodies of Gray and Clara Sosa, Miss Grand International 2018