In the glamorous world of showbiz—where good looks are as much the standard currency as good acting skills—there are always whispers about star geting a nip and tuck to improve their appearance.
And, apparently, the current target of gossip in that department is the sultry 23-year-old actress Ivana Alawi.
It is almost expected, given her exposure as a rising ABS-CBN star dubbed by many as the new "Pantasya ng Bayan," a tag that was once exclusive to the voluptuous former actress Joyce Jimenez.
Ivana's phenomenal ascent as a YouTube bombshell with six million subscribers in the short time she started doing her vlogs last year has provoked curiosity as well.
And the one question Ivana often gets asked in her social media accounts is also the most brazen. Has she had aesthetic surgery?
Even Boy Abundo wanted to know. In July 2019 in his show Tonight With Boy Abunda, he did ask Ivana whether her vaunted behind, as rumors had it, was surgically enhanced.
Almost like saying she didn't need it, Ivana told Boy, "It's very funny 'cause when I was young, I was always bullied for my big butt and I hated it.
"I would cry to my mom, 'Mom, I hate my butt!' As in tawag nila sa akin bibe, parang duck. Kasi nga, ganun yung...
"And then my mom said, 'Ano ka ba? Si Jennifer Lopez nga...' Wala pa kasing Kim Kardashian noon, 'Yes, your booty!'
"Sabi ko, 'Jennifer Lopez, oo nga ano? She's so proud of her booty.' Sabi ko, 'Sige nga, maipakita nga sa tao yung booty ko?'"
On April 21, 2020, in Ivana's vlog MUKBANG + ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS!, her sister, the GMA-7 child star Mona Louise Rey, attested, "Natural po beauty ng ate ko!"
Ivana cut in, "O, hindi magsisinungaling yung bata. Ayaw niyo kasi maniwala, so ayaw kong paulit-ulit ko siyang sinasagot. Pero para sa inyo, sasagutin ko siya ulit.
"Hindi ako nagparetoke ng kahit ano. Kahit hawakan mo pa yung ilong ko ng ganun. Wala talaga. Hindi ko naman ide-deny, guys."
In the aforementioned episode of Tonight with Boy Abunda, Ivana was also asked by the host if there was any part of her body she would want to correct through cosmetic surgery.
She answered, "Siguro yung ilong ko kasi gusto ko yung slim pero, actually, I'm happy with what I have."
As far as Ivana is concerned, she said there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve one's looks through cosmetic surgery, "Wala talagang mali na magpagawa ka or ano."
IVANA BEFORE SHOWBIZ
In her vlog, Ivana shared she didn't care much about her looks before she joined showbiz.
"Ibang-iba itsura ko nung bata ako. Hindi ako marunong mag-ayos. Lagi akong nasa araw."
The Starstruck Season 6 alumna also admitted going through a "bad girl phase" during her teenage years. "Para akong gangster. Nagyo-yosi ako sa labas, na feeling ko bad girl ako nun e... "
But it's all behind her now, she confided, "Naka-move on na ako sa phase na yun...nag-stop na ako mag-yosi ngayon, nag-stop na ako uminom.
"Minsan lang, occasional lang, like drinking lang ng wine. Pero I don't smoke and I don't drink to get drunk or to get wild.
"Yung last lasing ko was one and a half years ago, seryoso, a.
"Hindi pa ako nalalasing ulit. Siguro iinom ako ng red wine na isang baso, dalawang baso, ganun lang... Yung last na gmik ko was two years ago."
She assured her followers, "Talagang bagong Ivana na yung... itong nakikita niyo."
Ivana joined the entertainment industry in 2015 through GMA-7's reality talent search Starstuck. This was followed by minor roles in the anthology shows Juan Happy Love Story and Magpakailanman.
In 2018, she joined ABS-CBN via Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi. She also appeared in several episodes of FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.
Her first major role was in the primetime series Sino ang Maysala?: Mea Culpa.
Ivana will be paired with Kit Thompson in the upcoming series Ang Lihim Ni Ligaya.