MANILA – The Instagram page of Binibining Pilipinas has released photos of last weekend’s parade of beauties, and one of the shots of its reigning titleholders was deemed “unflattering” by some netizens.
A photo of Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon has been flooded with comments, with a number of netizens calling her “fat” and “chubby.”
This prompted De Leon to address the issue. On Sunday, she reposted the photo on Instagram and acknowledged that it is indeed “unflattering,” but she said that she doesn’t care.
“I know I look unflattering in that photo. But you know what? I don’t care. I am proud of the woman I am today and nothing will ever shake my confidence and love for myself,” she said.
The beauty queen went on to share how it feels to be a victim of body shaming and bullying.
“It does take time to learn to love yourself, but you’ll get there one day. Trust me. It took time for me but I learned to truly love myself, be happy, and not give a damn about what other people think of me,” she said.
“Ladies (and gents), it’s time we love ourselves for who we truly are. Never be ashamed of yourself. Never be ashamed of what or who makes you happy,” she continued. “It’s time to show the media and everyone else that we won’t be swayed by their standards and the crazy standards set by society, no matter what color, race, religion, shape, or size. Love yourself, queen.”
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Meanwhile, De Leon also responded to criticisms she received after sharing her favorite candidates in this year’s Bb. Pilipinas pageant.
She previously mentioned that she prefers rooting for the “dark horse” instead of the more popular contenders, a statement that did not sit well with some fans of the well-known contestants.
“Funny how people immediately assume I was talking about a specific candidate. Hello? I wasn’t,” De Leon said in a Twitter post.
“To add to that, though, just because other people have different ‘bets’ doesn’t mean they think yours isn’t worthy. All the candidates are worthy. That’s why they’re there.”
De Leon then encouraged her “bashers” to focus on doing good things for others.
“Maybe instead of spreading useless comments and negativity, you can donate clothes, underwear, food, water, or hygiene kits to the people of Marawi,” she said. “Focus your energy on something good once in your life. Maybe then, you’ll feel true happiness.”