In her Mar. 12 social media post, actress Jessy Mendiola revealed that she underwent depression after receiving negative comments from netizens about her body.
In the said post, Mendiola said shared her before and after photos, but claimed that this is not her way of showing off but instead wants to inspire other people.
Mendiola said that she was bullied, body shamed by bashers, calling her pata (thigh), baboy (pig), taba (fat) and many other derogatory terms.
The negative comments made her lose her self-confidence and felt really down.
The actress said that she even started turning down roles and it really affected her profession.
However, she realized that she should not feel bad about herself, and that she loves herself even before she was hailed as FHM’s sexiest.
Mendiola started building herself once again, and lost 15 pounds in the process. But she does punish herself for enjoying chocolates and or having a blueberry muffin.
Also in the said post, she asserted that she still feels herself as the “pata girl”, and it’s ok. It’s just a matter of perspective.
“When I decided to shift perspective, everything started falling into place. I may not be the sexiest for others, but I am sexy and beautiful for myself, that alone is enough.”
“Shout out to every ‘pata girl’ out there, just keep going. Love yourself, love your body, and it will love you back. Trust me.”
(with Emiecille A. Villanueva)