“At the end of the day, all we have is ourselves. That’s who we are left with. We must embrace every aspect of it,” DLSU Lady Spiker Michelle Cobb says. These days when toxicity surrounds us like a plague, an escape from the ideal world can be hard to find. However, this 20-year-old student-athlete found her way out—by fully loving herself.
It’s easier said than done, and admittedly, there’s no ‘one take’ in perfecting the art of self-love—it is a process. Despite being busy with her collegiate commitments inside the classroom and on the courts, Michelle knows it’s vital to look at herself inwardly.
Sure, she’s 5’4" and considers herself small for the sport, but it doesn’t hinder her from reaching her full potential as a sportswoman. “I want to be remembered as someone of my own. No comparisons. Someone who came and pulled through,” she affirms. The Lasallian setter believes in the benefits of imperfection, because it’s how you become your own unique individual. It’s about acknowledging your flaws and working it to your advantage.
“My favorite flaw would be my manly broad shoulders,” she reveals, also listing her chest as one of her insecurities. “However, I learned to embrace it since I’m an athlete after all, it makes it easier for me,” she quips. On the other hand, she files her body composition as the feature she likes the most in the physical aspect, and thus takes care of it with enough sleep, plenty of water intake, and eating right. Flip positivity and determination under the wraps and feel the boost emanating from the inside out.
So to speak, the ball is in her court. Michelle, as a player, knows how to play her game, literally and figuratively. It adds that the proper mindset and discipline has kept her on her toes, always checking in on what’s more important than other people’s perception of her. And she may be a public figure now, but she stays above both praise and criticism.
Well aware of the responsibility that comes with the athletic fame, she uses this knowledge to drive her to work harder everyday. Her influence reaches a larger audience now, what with her huge following in TV and on social media. What she portrays can be a huge part of someone else’s life, so Michelle aims to inspire others by staying true to her core. In game, watch her as that purposeful team player. Once the balls bounce off the court, her reserved persona takes over—but lets her youthful and vibrant self slip through her posts online.
She plays with her strengths and potentials, and it’s what makes her strong. The Taft resident trusts herself—her beautiful mind, her flawed yet tough body, her valiant spirit. It’s not hard to look up to Michelle Cobb, not just as an athlete, but also a role model that promotes the good in the face of indifference. We can’t help but cheer for her further.
Photographed by Erwin Canlas
Creative Direction by Madel Asuncion
Art Direction by Mikka Caronan
Styled by Aldrin Ramos
Assisted by Daphne Aranilla and Sammie Rodriguez
Makeup by Janell Capuchino, Andi Sapina, and Jean Lim
Hair by Francis Guintu, Nikko Bruel, and Jhear Abellar
On Michelle: Top by Forever 21, Leotards and shorts by H&M
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