Sakang, flat chested, thunder thighs! See how these stars brush off bashers

by Nikko Tuazon
May 21, 2020
(L-R) Julia Barretto, Kathryn Bernardo, and Chie Filomeno are just some of the stars who were bashed for their imperfections, but responded with strong quotes on body positivity.
PHOTO/S: @juliabarretto / @bernardokath / @chiefilomeno on Instagram

Life in the entertainment industry is like living under a microscope.

Celebrities feel the pressure to maintain a "perfect" image as their every move is scrutinized. Some fall into the trap of unhealthy diets or extreme fitness routines, while others even experience anxiety or depression because of the stress and pressure.

But through the years, more and more celebrities are accepting their true selves and fully embracing their imperfections.

Here are some of their remarkable quotes on body positivity.

KATHRYN BERNARDO

Kathryn Bernardo was bashed when she shared her thoughts on the ABS-CBN shutdown issue.

The 24-year-old Kapamilya actress received hundreds of mean comments on social media, some of which were not even related to the issue at hand.

On Sunday, May 17, Kathryn took to her vlog "Everyday Kath" to address some of these mean comments, including one where she was called "sakang" or bow-legged.

The Star Magic talent had the best clapback to those bashing her for having legs "na parang parenthesis."

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Kathryn wrote, "Alam niyo, over the years natutunan ko tanggapin ang legs ko. Yes, it's not straight. It's kinda ganyan, 'parang parenthesis,' iyon ang sinasabi nila.

"E, wala e. Parte siya ng pagkatao ko."

Kathryn admitted that her bow legs were once a source of insecurity, but she learned to embrace this "flaw" with the help of her reel-turned-real life boyfriend Daniel Padilla.

Kathryn recalled, "Before, sobrang insecurity ko ito.

"Pero alam niyo kung sino nagpa-realize sa akin na huwag magpa-insecure? Si DJ.

"Through DJ na-overcome ko insecurity ko about my legs."

Kathryn also said, "Na-realize ko lahat tayo mayroong imperfections. Siguro nagkataon ibinigay sa akin ni God iyong legs ko.

"And ano gagawin ko? E, di nagwo-workout ako para ma-excercise siya. And tatanggapin ko, kasi hello?! Hindi naman ako makukulong sa pagkasakang ko!"

"I love my legs! Si DJ love din legs ko! Ngayon tanggap ko siya 100 percent!"

To end this issue, Kathryn laughingly addressed her bashers and said, "Come on! You kiss my f*cking legs! Hahaha!"

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JULIA BARRETTO

Julia Barretto became a champion for flat-chested women after admitting that she is on "Team Nipple Tape" since "walang kakapitan ang bra."

Netizens even crowned her the "Queen of Flat-Chested."

Julia proudly owned the title in her interview for Tonight With Boy Abunda on May 14, 2019.

When asked about her new moniker, Julia told Boy Abunda:

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“I think mas natuwa ako kasi mas naging confident iyong mga girls who don’t have big boobs."

She continued, "Siguro, natuwa lang ako sa mga comments [that show that now], they are more open about it. They’re more proud of it.

"Kasi sometimes, if wala, they feel like it should be an insecurity or it should be something they’re ashamed of [and] when they started to tag me in their posts, kasi parang, na-embrace na nila iyon."

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CHIE FILOMENO

Year after year, GT member Chie Filomeno has been criticized for either being "too skinny" or being "flat-chested."

Chie was body-shamed by some netizens after her red carpet appearance at the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 held at the Makati Shangri-La on September 29, 2018.

In a Twitter post a day after the event, Chie stood up to her bashers and didn't let the body-shamers win.

She wrote, "We live in a society that demands so much from us, you have to be this, you have to be that we in fact you just have to be YOU! You do you!

"How sad that there are so many cruel people in this amazing universe, and that some girls are bringing each other down when we should be the one lifting each other up.

"Body shaming is not okay, it'll never be okay. Not ever."

She underlined:

"Stop talking about fat or skinny women or men like their bodies are a tragedy. Their bodies are beautiful."

Chie ended, "No body is a tragedy. And don't ever let anyone shame you for being you."

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Despite her tweet, bashers came at Chie again when she attended the ABS-CBN Ball the following year. They criticized her "disproportionate chest" as she walked the red carpet at Shangri-La at The Fort on September 14, 2019.

This time, the Star Magic talent did not mince her words and she came after her bashers with a feisty tweet.

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On September 15, Chie wrote on Twitter (published as is), "Problemahin niyo problema niyo. Wag boobs ko. Pakealamero’t pakealmera na walang wala sa lugar. Mas nakakalungkot kasi kapwa mo pa babae yung mas marami sinasabi. [emoji]

"curious ka? Oo sobrang nakakahinga ako, wag ka mag alala. Nagpa vulcanize lang, mahihimatay agad? OA niyo. [emoji]."

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BELA PADILLA

In February 2018, Bela Padilla uploaded a photo of herself wearing a bikini while lying on the beach, basking in the sun.

To her dismay, netizents criticized her belly and left negative comments on her Instagram post.

The Kapamilya actress took to Twitter to address these body-shaming comments, as she wrote:

"Shocked by the number of comments on my IG post, pointing out that I have a belly. Yes I do. It holds in my organs that I need to live. It has a layer of muscles that I worked hard for in the gym and a layer of fat from the food I enjoy to eat."

"Deal with it. PLUS I’m seated."

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In another tweet, she continued, "Would it have made you more comfortable if I edited my photo to perfection?

"Because I could have easily done that. But what message does it send to the younger ones? That our photos are only likeable when we’re perfect in photos?

"Not from me. NEVER."

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JESSY MENDIOLA

Jessy Mendiola opened up about her battle with depression after netizens bullied her for having "thunder thighs."

The Kapamilya actress received mean comments on social media after she was hailed FHM's Sexiest Woman in 2016.

In an Instagram post published in March 2018, she recalled, "When I won FHM’s sexiest woman in 2016, I thought... finally, people appreciate my efforts and my body.

"But I was wrong. I was bullied, body shamed with bashers calling me names like 'pata, baboy, taba, etc.' I felt really down and started losing my confidence.

She continued, "I loved myself then (big thighs, belly rolls and round face) but when people started pointing out my flaws, I started hating myself, at times even thinking I was a bad person for having 'thunder thighs.'

"I stopped working out, I got depressed, binge ate my feelings off and started gaining more weight than I should."

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Jessy's depression led to bulimia and a binge-eating disorder, which resulted in weight gain.

However, Jessy was able to pick herself up and change her perspective. This inspired her to get back in shape and live a healthier lifestyle.

Jessy continued, "I thought of myself as sexy, strong, and beautiful in my own way.

"I started building myself up again despite what other people say (until now they call me names) and have lost 15 lbs since."

"I still see myself as the 'pata girl' and it’s okay, it is 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."

The Kapamilya star ended her post with a message to women who also have thick thighs: "Shout out to every 'pata girl' out there, just keep going. Love yourself, love your body and it will love you back.

"TRUST ME. #thunderthighs #patagirl#pataislife #pataforevs"

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GABBI GARCIA

Gabbi Garcia loves her body, flaws and all.

In March 2018, she stood up to the bashers who criticized her flaws, as she wrote in an Instagram post, "Whenever I post swimsuit photos, people would always bully me for my body. Well, guess what!!

"Yes, I have no boobs, I’m flat chested + I have my own fair share of stretch marks.

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"And I don’t see anything wrong with it.

"If your definition of being 'sexy' doesn’t fit with my body type, well then sorry, but I LOVE MY BODY."

She ended, "And nobody deserves to be bullied just because of your body. We are all beautiful in our own way! #NoToBodyShaming #LoveYourBody"

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(L-R) Julia Barretto, Kathryn Bernardo, and Chie Filomeno are just some of the stars who were bashed for their imperfections, but responded with strong quotes on body positivity.
PHOTO/S: @juliabarretto / @bernardokath / @chiefilomeno on Instagram
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