Denise Laurel is quite reluctant to be called an M.I.L.F., but says, if it’s a way to describe moms like her who feel empowered by having children, then so be it. “I don’t know about the F part of the M.I.L.F., but in a way it really does… That’s what I wanted naman talaga. I want all moms out there to feel beautiful and feel sexy, because having a child is beautiful and it makes you beautiful,” she says.

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A confident Denise Laurel strutted down the catwalk of British brand Lee Cooper on August 29, at the Marriot Hotel, Resorts World Manila.

Though the actress was one of the most lauded in the show, she admitted in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that she was actually reluctant about going on stage.

“Kinakabahan ako, hindi naman ako model!

“‘Tsaka I’m half the size of everyone in there,” the petite beauty quipped.

“Pinanindigan ko na lang ang pagiging [model], pero I’m so comfortable in the clothes that it’s making me feel beautiful and sexy, so… Rampage!” she said with a smile.

Undoubtedly, Denise is considered one of the sexiest young moms in showbiz today.

It is enviable how she was able to regain her figure just months after giving birth in 2011, which eventually led to her bagging the lead role in Precious Hearts Romances Presents Pintada.

In fact, many male fans are calling Denise one M.I.L.F.—short for “Moms I Like to F**k”—street talk describing hot moms.

How does the  24-year-old actress react to this brand? Is she even aware of the term M.I.L.F. and its connotation?

“Oh my gosh! Now I am familiar with that term,” Denise laughed.

“I don’t know about the F part of the M.I.L.F., but in a way it really does… That’s what I wanted naman talaga.

“I want all moms out there to feel beautiful and feel sexy, because having a child is beautiful and it makes you beautiful.

“You fulfilled your purpose as a woman.

“And at the same time, you are given this gift of pure love that you can, you know, take with you wherever you go, and love back as much as you want.

“So, it’s really... Love makes you beautiful. Children make you beautiful. Being a mother makes you beautiful,” she explained.