#BentButNotBroken: Catriona Gray’s powerful message on scoliosis awareness and self-love

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray shares her personal battle with scoliosis and how to spot the signs early.

“We’re bent but not broken.”
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray dropped this major dose of inspiration for those struggling with pain or body shaming due to scoliosis as she opened up about her personal battle with the condition to raise awareness and highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

Partnering with Scoliosis Philippines to mark National Scoliosis Awareness Month, Catriona took to social media to share her struggles with the condition, revealing she was diagnosed with it at just 12 years old.

“Unfortunately since I had already experienced my growth spurt it was too late to pursue a brace. That’s why early diagnosis is important,” said the former beauty queen.

Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, affects around three million Filipinos. Early diagnosis is crucial to prevent surgeries and chronic back pain.

Catriona also encouraged everyone to do a “stripes fit check,” the easiest way to detect scoliosis, especially in kids. “Simply wear a fitted, striped shirt and see if you can spot anything different!” she advised.

“But if you have scoliosis, I encourage you not to fear it,” she said, emphasizing that no one should be limited to just a body shape or ideal. “The greatest service your body serves is not to please whatever body ideal is popular or praised by society but to house the beautiful soul—that is you!!” she declared.

“I’m someone who has conquered stages, and gone after my dreams kahit may scoliosis ako,” Catriona added, proving that the condition doesn’t stop anyone from achieving their goals.

“You are capable of whatever dream arises in your heart! We’re #BentButNotBroken!” she concluded, inspiring everyone to embrace their uniqueness and go after their dreams.