Mariel de Leon responds to “body-shaming” comments on her Bb. Pilipinas Grand Parade photo

Image via Mariel de Leons' Instagram account
  • Mariel de Leon got bashed for looking chubby in her Bb. Pilipinas Grand Parade 2018 photo
  • The 23-year-old beauty queen responded to her bashers and admitted that she looked unflattering
  • She was also bashed for announcing her favorite candidates in the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas pageant

On March 10, Binibining Pilipinas official Instagram account uploaded the photos of the grand parade of beauty queens held in Cubao, Quezon City. The shots taken by Aldrin Mortiz photography featured candid shots of each Bb. Pilipinas beauty queen.

However, the solo shot of Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon, who was all smiles on the red carpet, received several comments mocking her body shape.

Some netizens called her “fat version of barbie”, “walking refrigerator” and other mocking words. Well, it seemed like the netizens were expecting to see her with a more slender-looking body.

Mariel reposted the bashed photo and captioned it with a strong but still refined comment. She wrote: 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 my love for myself.”

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 my love for myself. I know how it feels. I’ve been 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. Ladies (and gents), its time we love ourselves for who we truly are. Never be ashamed of yourself. Never be ashamed of what or who makes you happy. Its 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. #ConfidentlyCurvy #LoveYourselfQueen

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She also hinted that aside from the mockery on her recent photo, she had experienced body shaming and bullying before. Despite that, she has already learned to cope up with the situation.

According to the 23-year-old beauty queen, she won’t be ashamed of her body. In fact, she encouraged everyone to love their own body.

She added, “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.”

Aside from her photo, some netizens also criticized her for announcing her favorite candidates in 2018’s Bb. Pilipinas pageant.

On her Twitter, the daughter of Christopher de Leon also responded and said that people should not assume that she was pinpointing a particular candidate. She also added that although they have different preferences, she considers every contestant admirable.

The young title holder instead encouraged netizens to seek the good in others and decide to do more worthwhile stuff than b*****g.

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