Miss Universe Canada 2020 contestant Nova Stevens has received widespread praise for her candid account on cyberbullying.
Stevens, who was born in Kenya to Sudanese parents but moved to Canada at the age of 6, opened up about the racist abuse she receives online earlier this week.
Taking to Instagram, the beauty pageant contestant shared a collection of hateful and racist messages and comments she has been receiving online.
The comments are truly sickening...
And since sharing her post, there has been a flurry of support from her fans, followers, and fellow pageant contestants alike.
In a lengthy caption, Stevens wrote:
"Here we go again. I've been receiving this picture in my inbox a lot lately."
"With all that has been going on in the world 'black lives matter' 'Asians are human' you would think this would bring us together."
"Instead, looks like some people are still stuck in their ignorant and racist ideologies. I'm really disappointed with some Pageant fans from certain countries. Your hate takes away the fun and enjoyment from this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Is it really that difficult to spread love instead of hate?"
"You don't need to dim someone's light in order for you to shine."
She went on to note that the world is evolving and that people are realizing that beauty is not exclusive to one specific group of people.
"The definition of beauty applies to all; because beauty can be seen in different shapes, shades, and sizes."
Stevens concluded by emploring:
"Please see the beauty that is in this world. We don't need to look the same, we just need to treat each other the same."
Of course, her post was quick to go viral...
And received thousands of comments from people all over the world - the Philippines, in particular, as that was where the racist comments had derived from.
In support of her Filipino fan base, Stevens added:
"This post is not a generalization, which is why I said 'some.' Also, I was not sure of the language these comments are from until reading some of the comments. In case it's not clear. I don't think all Filipinos are racist. That would be ridiculous to say... I'm well aware that there are multiple countries that think this way."
And, in a follow-up post that showed positive comments, she wrote:
"Let's end things on a positive note. To my Filipino fans: I'm sorry if my previous post caused you any harm. My post wasn't intended to incite more hate; rather shed light on the toxicity that sometimes hails from fans (from all over the world). The last thing I want is for anyone to experience hate so please don't bash or generalize the Filipino fans; not all are racist... I love you all. Sending you all lots of love and light."
You can see her original post below.
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