With anti-racism advocacy close to her heart, Miss Universe Canada Nova Stevens couldn’t let the personal comments about her skin color pass. What was surprising is that most of it came from Filipinos with comments in Tagalog such as, “nognog” and “katakot” with the photo in her post below.
With recent more targeted advocacies such as “black lives matter” and “asians are humans,” Stevens was hoping that this would unite people all over the globe. Sadly, some are still insensitive. “I’m really disappointed with some Pagaent 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? No one is saying you HAVE to support all contestants, all we’re saying is that you support your delegate without bringing others down. You don’t need to dim someone’s light in order for you to shine.”
Beauty is subjective, but it all boils down to respecting each other. “The world is evolving, 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. Please see the beauty that is in this world. We don’t need to look the same, we just need to treat eachother the same,” she explains.
After a few hours, she edited her post, thanking her followers for checking on her. Some Filipinos also left comments, saying that it’s not fair to highlight Filipinos only to which she replied, “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.”
A very gracious reply, she cleared the air by saying, “I don’t think all Filipinos are racist. That would be ridiculous to say. This picture with texts was constantly being sent to me recently which is why I shared it. I’m well aware that there are multiple countries that think this way. I’m sharing this as a teaching moment so that we can make Pageants fun and enjoyable for all. All the girls competing have worked hard for this moment and deserve to have the best experience. Cheer for your girls with love and respect for the other delegates because they too are deserving of the ‘Miss Universe’ crown. Spread love not hate.”