Maris Racal has had her share of self-doubt and insecurity, especially when being targeted by body-shaming bashers.
The actress-singer opened up about how she used to feel about her body in an interview on PEP.ph's live stream show PEP Live on Thursday, January 20.
"Ako, dati, hindi ko talaga gusto 'yung body ko kasi masyadong sobrang payat,” she revealed. “And like, 'yun 'yung time na gusto ko nang mag-mature onti sa role and laging talagang nabibigay sa akin bata, ganyan. Kasi ang liit ko. So 'yun 'yung insecurity ko, parang gusto ko mag-gain.”
Receiving ill-intentioned comments like “payatot” and “tuyot” reinforced Maris’ lack of confidence.
She recalled, "May mga comments din na, 'Ano ba ito si Maris, masyadong payatot,' parang, 'hindi nakakaganda, hindi nakaka-fresh.' Or parang, like, very low na word like, 'Ang tuyot mo na.' Alam mo 'yun?"
As she matured in her showbiz journey, Maris learned how to best handle the harsh and unsolicited criticism: "[I'm like], 'Get a life! Alam mo?' Parang, 'Hindi mo naman ito katawan eh' alam mo 'yun?”
"Ngayon, 2022 na, hindi na welcome 'yung mga body shaming, as in. Kung mag-comment ka ng ganyan, ikaw na 'yung nakakaawa, hindi na yung bina-bash mo,” she stressed.
Unlike before, the “Pumila Ka” singer now stands her ground against body-shamers, believing that the only opinion that matters is hers. She also urged people to be watchful of their words and steer clear of body-shaming.
"At the end of the day, ako lang nakakakilala sa sarili ko. And I have my own goals sa body. I may look like this, but you don't know if I'm unhealthy inside so I'm fixing that,” she said.
"May sarili tayong goals so focus tayo sa sarili natin. And that applies to everyone who's watching din, na focus on your own self when it comes to your body. Huwag tayo magbigay ng comments sa ibang tao na, 'Oy, ang laki na ng braso mo, ano iyan?' No, hindi na siya welcome," she added.
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