2016 FHM PH’s sexiest woman Jessy Mendiola bares depression experienced over body shaming

Image capture from Jessy Mendiola's Instagram photo
  • Jessy Mendiola shares bullying, namecalling, body shaming experience to inspire others
  • She experienced depression after winning the FHM title in 2016 yet people criticized her
  • Jessy shared shifting to another perspective brings everything into place

Kapamilya star Jessy Mendiola’s present stunning and physically fit body appears to have been inspired by the bullying, namecalling, and body shaming she experienced in her childhood; the actress narrated her former experiences accompanied by her ‘then and now’ body photo via Instagram on Monday.

She started the post with the claim that it wasn’t to show off but to inspire. The actress said she always thought of herself as strong and fit — she works out regularly to feel good about herself.

In 2016, she was hailed as the FHM Philippines’ sexiest woman but the recognition she received led her to experience depression.

“I was bullied, body shamed with bashers calling me names like “pata, baboy, taba, etc.” while others said I didn’t deserve to win the title cos I’m waaaaaay bigger than the other girls who they thought should’ve won.”

Her experience made her feel down and she lost her confidence. She stopped the things she loved to do, didn’t want to be seen on TV, felt depressed, and even hated herself.

She later on realized that she need not feel bad about herself since she was called the “sexiest.”

“I thought of myself as sexy, strong and beautiful in my own way. I started building myself up again despite what other people say (until now they call me names) and have lost 15 lbs since. I learned to eat moderately and exercise to feel good, to be energized rather than by punishing myself for eating chocolates or that blueberry muffin. I started accepting my built and switched my work out according to my body type.”

Though she still sees herself as “pata girl”, she said it is just a matter of perspective — she shifts her perspective and things start to fall into place.

“I may not be the sexiest for others, but I am sexy and beautiful for myself, that alone is enough. Shout out to every “pata girl” out there, just keep going. Love yourself, love your body and it will love you back. TRUST ME,” she ended her post.

So… I’m gonna post about this because a lot of people asked me to. Not to show off or anything, but rather to inspire. I’ve always thought of myself as really strong and fit, yes, even on the picture on the left. I worked out regularly (weights and all), ate what I felt was good for me and you know what? It felt good, I was happy. When I won FHM’s sexiest woman in 2016, I thought… finally, people appreciate my efforts and my body. But I was wrong. I was bullied, body shamed with bashers calling me names like “pata, baboy, taba, etc.” while others said I didn’t deserve to win the title cos I’m waaaaaay bigger than the other girls who they thought should’ve won. I felt really down and started losing my confidence. I loved myself then (big thighs, belly rolls and round face) but when people started pointing out my flaws, I started hating myself, at times even thinking I was a bad person for having “thunder thighs”. I stopped working out, I got depressed, binge ate my feelings off and started gaining more weight than I should. I didn’t even want to be seen on TV anymore, I started turning down roles and it affected my work. Then I realized, why should I feel so bad about myself when I loved myself even before i was called “sexiest”. I thought of myself as sexy, strong ang beautiful in my own way. I started building myself up again despite what other people say (until now they call me names) and have lost 15 lbs since. I learned to eat moderately and exercise to feel good, to be energized rather than by punishing myself for eating chocolates or that blueberry muffin. I started accepting my built and switched my work out according to my body type (Hi @bodybymamakat and mama @nadinetengco love you both ??). I still see myself as the “pata girl” and it’s okay, it is just a matter of perspective. When I decided to shift perspective, everything started falling into place. I may not be the sexiest for others, but I am sexy and beautiful for myself, that alone is enough. Shout out to every “pata girl” out there, just keep going. Love yourself, love your body and it will love you back. TRUST ME. ?? #thunderthighs #patagirl #pataislife #pataforevs

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