How Miss Universe 2022 shed light on mental health

They are known for their outward beauty and now Miss Universe Delegates raise awareness about personal well-being.

Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel his name was Miss Universe 2022 During Sunday’s dazzling awards ceremony, however, beneath the glitz and glamour was a tough message about mental health in competitions and beyond.

Contestants and their families have been more vocal than ever about breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, including the mother of an ex-child. Miss USA Chesley Crist who paid tribute to her daughter at the final of Miss Universe 2022 in New Orleans. Crist, who was diagnosed with depression, died by suicide in January last year.

Her mother is April Simpkins They praised the pageant community for the support they gave Crest and announced a partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in her name.

Simpkins spoke passionately in front of hundreds of spectators and live audiences around the world at the final. “Chesley loved the Miss Universe communities,” she said. “I have often spoken of the support she has received from all of you and then the Organization of the Universe, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I especially wanted to be here tonight to thank all my fans for their love and support.

“As many of you know, because we both dealt with high functioning depression, the Cheslie you saw didn’t always match what you felt inside. Just because someone tells you they’re fine, doesn’t mean they are.”

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Attorney Christ, 30, won the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2019 and has gone on to work as a host on the entertainment news show. additional in the United States. Since she is doing so well in her daily life, despite being diagnosed with depression, it was difficult for those around her to realize that she was not feeling well.

Simpkins now hopes to encourage open conversation in the industry and beyond. “We all need to listen when we check out our strong friends,” she added at the pageant. “Create a safe space, so that they have space to share if they face challenges. Most importantly, we need to really listen and support them.”

The Cheslie Kryst Memorial Mental Health Fund, Simpkins announced, will focus on a range of mental health challenges. “I am honored to be here tonight to share Chesley’s story, and I ask you to share it too,” she said. “Share it with others in the hope that together we can break down stigma and talk more about mental health.”

semi-final , Miss Universe Bahrain Evelyn Khalifa Tell the National She focused on self-care to deal with stress and praised the supportive nature of beauty pageants. “we [the delegates] They all have a group chat on WhatsApp where we can talk,” she says. “All the girls are supportive, kind and careful with each other.

“We talk about life, about mental health issues, and everyone is polite, nice and gives time for everyone to talk. No one interrupts and no one fights or competes.”

Khalifa also participated with Miss Universe Lebanon, Yasmina Zeitoun and seven other Miss Universe 2022 contestants, in a live online group discussion about mental health before the contest’s conclusion. Share their stories, and discuss their mental health and what affects it, particularly in the context of the pressure they put on themselves while working at the festival. For example, the Cayman Islands’ Miss Universe spoke about growing up with a mother with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and how sports helped her change her life.

Last year’s Miss Universe winner Harnaz Sandowfrom India, also talked about how her mental health has been affected Cruel trolls who called her “fat” after celiac disease caused her to gain weight during her reign.

Talking to the people A magazine in the US, Sandhu said: “I went through that phase in my life where I was feeling bad about everything. Now, I’m starting to love everything. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to be sad. We have to realize there is a point where we understand we need To embrace our imperfections and when you do, you can conquer anything in this world.”

Another delegate who has advocated for mental health in the run-up to Miss Universe 2022 is Miss Universe Philippines Celeste Cortese. The philanthropist regularly supports MindNation, which provides mental health support around the world. In September, Cortese was the face of the organization’s campaign for Suicide Prevention Month, which saw her appear on social media with the message, “It’s okay not to be well,” and encouraged people to seek help if they need it.

after the death of christmas, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, one of the four previous winners from the Philippines, paid tribute to the former beauty queen, highlighting the impact that social media can have on the mental health of pageant participants. “There are two different sides to the festival, either there’s the really positive side — I feel powerful, I feel confident, I feel like I have a voice, I have a platform. Then there’s the other side where I feel the pressure, I’m bullied and shamed, I’m dragged down.” I think it’s really sad that it’s so polarizing,” she said

“If you are a pageant fan, please know the difference and boundaries between comments and outright attacks. Derogatory terms, harsh criticism and unkind words are best left unsaid.”

Updated: Jan 15, 2023, 10:19 a.m

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