Body shaming has become a serious issue in the society today. The inappropriate and negative statements and attitude that people have on another person’s weight or size is a form of bullying and can be humiliating too. It can lead to short and long-term psychological and health-related issues.
Unfortunately, there are different forms of body shaming in the country. There is frequent use of an overweight character’s body as a basis of a show’s jokes. It is also becoming normal to criticize the aspects of a person, particularly a woman’s body.
A Binibining Pilipinas contestant shared her own journey from being body shamed to showcasing her beauty. She wants to inspire people not to be ashamed of their bodies.
Binibining Pilipinas 2018 contestant Rosantonette Mendoza recalled how she joined a provincial beauty pageant in 2013 and was bashed in social media because she was too “fat” to be a beauty queen. Comments such as “hala, parang nanay na,” “ano ba yan, bat may naligaw jan” and the likes almost ruined her.
Due to her experience, she stopped aiming for the crown and reaching for her dreams to become a beauty queen. She went on with her life, got a job at a retail company, and started her own business. This is when she started falling in love with food, especially desserts and chocolates.
Her realization changed last December 2016 when she was already 90 kilograms: she got tired easily, her sugar level was high, and she had a hard time breathing. When she saw Miss Canada from Miss Universe 2017, she realized that it’s not over.
With her dream to become a Binibini, she worked extra hard for the goal: she got a gym membership, hired a personal trainer, prepped her meals, and went on a diet. During the last day of application, she’s still not confident. She can still remember the 2013 incident, thinking that her body is not pageant fit.
Dreams are larger than reality. Rosantonette was able to achieve her goal. She’s given an opportunity to join Binibining Pilipinas this year.
Thank you Binibining Pilipinas for giving me this opportunity to inspire other people with my transformation.
So para sa mga matataba, dating mataba, feeling mataba, dun sa gustong tumaba, at sa malapit nang tumaba — you are beautiful. Just be yourself. At the end of the day, it is still what’s in your heart that matters.
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Thank you, Rosantonette, for inspiring people who are challenged with their weight. We wish you the best of luck!