Before she achieved Social Media darling status, Ivana Alawi had her fair share of ups and downs.
Speaking to Toni Gonzaga for the sixth episode of "I Feel U" last June 14, the vlogger-actress recalled that one time she almost gave up on the path of becoming a sexy star because of hurtful words thrown her way by people whom she considered her closest friends.
“Meron akong two close friends. ‘Pag magpo-post ako ng picture, ise-send ko muna sa kanila para ipa-approve sa kanila. Pero nagsalita sila ng napakasakit na words and that really hurt me because I treated them as my own family,” she recalled.
“Sobrang naapektuhan ako kasi ‘yun ‘yung time na gusto kong maging sexy. Tapos ang sakit ng binibitawan [nila] na salita,” she added.
Ivana was deeply affected by being belittled by her friends. They told her things like, "nakakahiya ka" and "wala kang mararating."
“‘Yung mama and mga kapatid ko never ako nakatikim ng kahit anong salita na, ‘Nakakahiya ka!’ They’re proud of me and I am happy that my family supports me. ‘Yung nakakalungkot lang, the people whom I thought were my friends never supported me,” she said.
She continued, “Sabi nila, ‘Wala kang mararating.’ Noong time na ‘yun, sabi ko, if you were my friends, you would support me in everything that I’m doing especially wala naman masama, eh. Hindi naman ako nagnanakaw, hindi ako pumapatay ng tao, bakit kailangan niyo akong ipahiya?”
It even came to a point that she consulted with her manager about quitting.
“Pumunta ako sa manager ko. Sabi ko, ‘Paki-remove na po ako. Gusto ko na po umalis at hindi ko na po itutuloy ang pagiging sexy ko at ayoko na.’ But then my mom told me na, ‘Lumaban ka, bakit ka magpapaapekto sa mga kaibigan mo, hindi mo sila kaibigan kung ganyan sila,'” she said.
Now dubbed as the new "Pantasya ng Bayan," Ivana is making her own name in the vlogging world and soon in showbiz as an actress. She will star in the upcoming teleserye "Ang Lihim ni Ligaya."
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