Let’s be honest, it’s hard not to compare ourselves to others when we come across Instagram posts of celebrities and influencers that measure up to the traditional standards of what is considered “beautiful and sexy”–you know, those with long hair, fair skin, ideal height, skinny body, and a list that goes on.
It used to be the same for Baninay Bautista. But not anymore.
“Before, I was insecure sa lahat ng ‘maganda’ at ‘sexy.’ Nakikita ko sa social media, perfect bodies tapos ang kikinis nila and walang stretch marks,” the ex-PBB housemate told ABS-CBN Lifestyle at Mega’s #SarapNgTUNAy launch. “Pero nung nag-PBB ako at tumanda na ako, na-realize kong pwede ko naman palang ipakita ang sarili ko sa mundo kasi hindi naman pala ‘yun pangit. For me, being beautiful and sexy is being confident. Kahit ano yung body type mo or skin color mo, kapag confident ka sa galaw mo, sa itsura mo, at sa pag-portray mo sa sarili mo, ‘yun ang beautiful at sexy para sa akin.”
Being at peace with her insecurities, the former actress said, brought her genuine happiness. “I learned to appreciate myself more and to focus on my positive side. I have my own kagalingan, and yung energy ko lahat binubuhos ko kung saan ako magaling and kung saan ako mas kilala and that, I think, is vlogging,” she shared. For someone who seems to have figured herself out, it’s about knowing who you truly are. “Alamin mo talaga kung sino ka, kung ano ang gusto mo, and love yourself. More than anyone else, dapat yung sarili mo yung number one supporter mo."
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Photographs taken from instagram.com/baninaybautista