Hello everyone! As you may know, my name is Khushi Vyas and I am currently Miss Teenage Peel 2021 on the road to Miss Teenage Canada 2021. I would love to take this opportunity to share with you my platform.    

The platform I’ve chosen to shed light on is self-acceptance in all of its forms, including cultural orientation, gender inequality, racism, body image, mental health, trauma, and more. I chose self-acceptance as my platform because it is a subject near and dear to my heart. It is also an element that resonates across all topics, which is why I chose this platform in part because it allows me to speak out about multiple issues at once. Shhh, why choose one when I can do it all haha! 

For greater context, let me tell you about my personal experience with self-acceptance. Others have never primarily accepted me when I accepted myself. They told me I don’t have self-awareness and that I should be aware of being thinner, less of my heritage, better, more/less, etc., etc., etc… Of course, I know that’s what people think and I understand what they’re saying, but I can’t change it sufficiently to satisfy them, so I simply don’t care. They tell me not to put myself down if I apologize for who I am, but they assume I am socially unaware, demand my apology, and criticize me harshly if I do not. 

It’s ironic that I was ‘sold’ self-acceptance as a way to make others like me. Others, it seems, would accept me if I accepted myself, but that never happened. It’s also ironic that some self-acceptance peddlers claim you don’t truly accept/love yourself unless you meet certain evidence-based benchmarks (inevitable things like weight loss or a certain income): a terrible cop-out, in my opinion, designed to disguise conformity in a different outfit.    

So it’s great to accept yourself after years of criticism and abuse from others, but it’s not so great when others don’t accept themselves and see your self-acceptance as evidence of dysfunction.  

WE NEED TO NORMALIZE OUR IMPERFECTIONS FOR THEM NOT TO BE SEEN AS A THREAT TO OTHERS! Many preach self-acceptance, which is a wonderful thing, but we never talk about the perpetrators causing others to feel bad about themselves when they may be struggling with it on their own. At the end of the day, when you say negative things about yourself from society shaping you as their own, the effect is far worse than when someone else says negative things about you. You don’t identify with your true self if you don’t learn self-acceptance. You go through life pretending to be somebody else and that’s far more painful than the perception of it.  

I went through the worst time of my life filled with misery when I was constantly comparing myself to people I’m not. I wouldn’t even dream of anyone else facing the hardships I’ve faced, so that is why I am here to help. I believe the world can be seen through a more transparent lens once more people start gravitating towards accepting themselves rather than judging somebody else’s gender, personality, race, body and more. The journey of obtaining self-love is extremely difficult and different for many people, which is why I want to help people by normalizing their imperfections and seeing the best versions of themselves. I never want ANYBODY to suffer in silence and by using this title, from taking advantage of the resources I have, and from reaching out to those with power with my new series, “The World Unfiltered,” I am willing to help out regardless of all obstacles. Put yourself above all and remember that YOU ARE NEVER ALONE <3 

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

With all my love,

Khushi Vyas, Miss Teenage Peel 2021

Written by: Khushi