“Everyone can be sexy, no matter your size, body type, or shape.”
This was Jessy Mendiola’s message in her now-private Instagram page after being honored at FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women Victory Party, held at Valkyrie, Taguig City. Jessy bested Jennylyn Mercado, last year’s Sexiest Woman winner, by more than 80,000 votes. In spite of criticisms regarding her win (bashers would even resort to body shaming!), Jessy has the last laugh, proving that being confident is in itself sexy.
“My body may not be perfect but that will not stop me from being confident with myself," Jessy said in one of her Instagram posts a few months ago. Her outfit of choice during the victory ramp? A fire red monokini, reminiscent of her Maria Mercedes days, which accentuated her curves so beautifully:
As an advocate of body positivity, Jessy continues to inspire Filipinas in changing the notions of being sexy: Not too thin, but with the right curves and confidence to match. “I think that's sexy when you know yourself and you are strong enough to stand up for something,” Jessy said in a previous interview with ABS-CBN News.
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