Kathryn Bernardo's fans know why the Teen Queen—next to her looks, talent, work ethic, and even the longevity of her relationship with Daniel Padilla—is worth looking up to. It might seem like a low blow, then, that some of those who don't entirely appreciate her have recently launched an online crusade to point out her physical flaws. In particular, #SakangSiKathryn, a reference to her bow-leggedness that would even be a trending hashtag on Twitter over the weekend.
Many are theorizing this inadvertently followed #WeBlockAsOne, the massive, KathNiel-led report-and-block campaign against pro-Duterte blogger Banat By and other online trolls previously called out for cyberbullying. Online, Kathryn and Daniel earlier protested the ABS-CBN closure that goes back to unresolved franchise issues and other political disputes.
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As if in response to #SakangSiKathryn, Kathryn read hateful comments about her on her latest Everyday Kath vlog. In the episode (filmed before the quarantine), the Hello, Love, Goodbye star dwelled around a tweet that had talked about her legs—and she had plenty to say back.
"Bakit ko inalis yung comments section ko sa Instagram?" she opened up. "Kasi feeling ko grabe yung negative energy, ang daming time talaga ng mga bashers." Although, she said she has now gotten past the hatetrade. "But ngayon talaga, hindi na ako na-bo-bother. Over the years, natutunan akong tanggapin ang legs ko!"
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Kathryn was more than candid, though, even admitting how the shape of her legs before has become her "sobrang insecurity" and calling it a "parenthesis." "Pero wala, parte sya ng pagkatao ko," she said.
Talking about her road to acceptance, Kathryn mentioned how DJ helped. "Through DJ, na-overcome ko yung insecurity ko about my legs. Na-realize ko na lahat tayo mayroong imperfections, at siguro nagkataon sa akin na binigay ni God yung legs ko."
Every insecurity all boils down to self-love, Kathryn declared. "Anong gagawin ko? Nag-wo-work out ako para ma-exercise sya," she said. "And tatanggapin ko sya! Hello, hindi naman ako makukulong sa pagka-sakang ko, I love my legs!"
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Photo taken from Kathryn Bernardo's YouTube account