How does Winwyn Marquez deal with unsolicited advice about her body?
Early last June, the actress and former beauty queen received an unsolicited advice from a follower telling her to bring back her "barbie arms." She was even called "amazona" for her muscular figure.
The comment came after she posted a photo of her workout on Instagram.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via Zoom on Monday, July 13, 2020, Winwyn said she didn't really take the comment to heart.
She recalled, "Natatawa na nga ako minsan sa mga reply ko. Ang comment sa akin, 'Dapat Barbie ka lang, mukha ka nang amazona!'
"Ang sagot ko, 'E, ayoko maging Barbie, gusto maging Wonder Woman.'
"'Tapos sabi ko, 'Google mo kung sino si Wonder Woman kasi amazona siya.'"
The Kapuso star added, "I was really laughing kasi ang nakakatawa din, like iyong mga friends ko from crossfit, iyong mga friends ko sa gym, iyong mga athletes talaga, natatawa na lang din sila.
"Iyong isa dun nag-reply na, 'Paano naman ako?'
"So natatawa na lang ako na may ganun pa ring tao na, 'Kailangan Barbie iyong itsura mo.' E, hindi na, e, kumbaga tapos na ako sa phase na iyon."
WINWYN IS STRONGER AND HEALTHIER
Winwyn doesn't really care about what others think of her current figure, as long as she feels confident about herself.
The 28-year-old actress works out regularly with her brother, Yeoj Marquez.
Winwyn and Yeoj share their fitness journey on a joint Instagram account with the handle name @marquezftwins.
They often do tandem workouts at the HMD Fitness Gym in Parañaque City.
She told PEP.ph, "I lift weights now, I do crossfit, bumalik ako sa gustong maging athlete. So nagkaroon ng muscles, medyo lumapad ako, medyo nag-gain siguro ng konti.
"Pero hindi nila makita iyon, hindi nila makita na mas fit ako. I can lift a hundred pounds na barbel. Na-stuck na iyong isip nila na kailangan beauty queen iyong katawan mo."
CrossFit, according to NBC News, is a "strength and conditioning workout that is made up of functional movement [pushing, pulling, squatting] performed at a high intensity level."
winwyn on BODY-SHAMING
And despite her efforts to stay fit, the beauty queen is not spared from body-shaming.
Winwyn said, "Ako, na-body-shame ako kasi ang iniisip nila kailangan beauty queen body.
"Which is nako-compare iyong body ko when I was 22, 24, sa katawan ko ngayon, which is hindi na siya ganun kapayat. Hindi na siya ganun kanipis.
"Ang sad lang na pinipilit nila na dapat ganun ang itsura mo forever. Iyon lang iyong sad."
Asked for a message to her body-shamers, Winwyn said, "I hope you're happy with how you look like. I also hope, sa mga body-shamers, hindi kayo insecure, you're not sad.
"Sana hindi kayo sad sa mga itsura ninyo. Sana perfect kayo."