By Joelle Ngo
No one is safe from bullying. Most of us have gone through it one way or another at some point in our lives—and it's no joke. It's damaging, depressing, and demoralizing. It’s pretty much something that we definitely don’t wanna look back on, that’s why it’s just so easy not to speak up about it. But, like the queen she is, Kathryn Bernardo (who also had her fair share of bullying) shows us how to conquer bullies and not let them get the best of us by speaking up and sharing her story.
Kathryn is undeniably one of the most popular actresses of her generation, but that didn't spare her from dealing with bullies like the rest of us. Actually, being in the limelight made her encounters even tougher, especially with cyberbullies.
"With the technology and social media, it's so easy for everyone to comment on your post. Hindi exemption na porke't artista ka, hindi ka ma-bu-bully. The more na artista ka, the more na i-cha-challenge ka kung hanggang saan 'yung patience mo,” Kathryn said in her interview with Marie Lozano.
Growing up in the entertainment industry, Kathryn just learned how to ignore the haters by preventing herself from reading their harsh comments on social media. But did you know that Kathryn isn't the only celebrity who has experienced bullying?
Pia Wurtzbach. The 2016 Ms. Universe has also been a victim of bullying when she was a child. It's easy to assume that Pia would no longer be harassed after rising to worldwide fame, but that’s not the case. In fact, her haters even doubled as seen on her Instagram account. But Pia stays “confidently beautiful with a heart” by shutting down trolls such as this one in a way that Queen Pia can only do!
Miley Cyrus. Even someone who's as confident as Miley wasn't exempted from being bullied. Like any girl going through puberty, Miley had severe acne problems; something that a group of mean girls at school picked on her for, which lead to her depression. Miley got over it and, instead, used this experience to help young fans who are going through the same mental health issues and motivating them through making music.
Liza Soberano. It’s so hard to believe that Liza (one of the most beautiful faces in show business) has also been bullied and called an “ugly duckling.” Liza’s shy personality stemmed from a bad experience she went through as a child when she was living in the States. She was always bullied at school and felt ugly because of the way she was treated. Now, Liza aims to empower female teens in building their confidence.
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Banner photographs by Mark Nicdao (Kathryn), Instagram.com/piawurtzbach, Instagram.com/lizasoberano, and Billboard Music (Miley)