Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu revealed that she is currently suffering from food allergies.
On her Twitter page, the beauty queen posted, "Around 10-30% of the global population suffer from food allergies. I am having gluten allergy that is common and relatable to a major proportion of people worldwide which is manageable by just eliminating a few food groups from the diet. Thank you for understanding. @MissUniverse."
Around 10-30% of the global population suffer from food allergies. I am having gluten allergy that is common and relatable to a major proportion of people worldwide which is manageable by just eliminating a few food groups from the diet.— Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu (@HarnaazKaur) April 3, 2022
Thank you for understanding. @MissUniverse
The revelation about her gluten allergy came following the online bullying she has experienced due to her weight.
In another tweet, Harnaaz shared an empowering message saying, "A shape of your mind is more important than shape of your body."
At a recent press conference in Chandigarh, India, the Miss Universe title holder spoke about being bullied because of her weight gain. She also opened up about her food allergies caused by celiac disease.
"I was first bullied over being ‘too skinny’ and now they bully me, saying, ‘she’s fat.’ Nobody knows about my celiac disease or that I can’t eat wheat flour and many other things," she said at the press conference as reported by Entertainment Times India.
According to mayoclinic.org, Celiac disease "is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine."
Former Miss Universe Catriona Gray also came to the defense of Harnaaz recently.
"It's really unfortunate that the public still finds the need to tear women down in that way. We're campaigning so hard that beauty queens or Miss Universe should be more than an image,” Catriona said in an interview with columnist Nickie Wang.
She added, "She is not limited by what her body shape is. She is a spokesperson at the end of the day."
Harnaaz was crowned Miss Universe in December 2021. She's the third representative from India to win the pageant.