Hindi problema para Lauren Young ang maikumpara sa ate niyang si Megan Young, na kinoronahang Miss World 2013.
Wala raw silang sibling rivalry kahit pa pareho silang nasa showbiz.
"Megan is someone na I look up to. So every time kinu-compare ako sa kanya, actually, I think it is a compliment kasi ang dami niyang na-achieve and I'm proud of her. I don't mind at all."
Pero may isang tanong daw na sawang-sawa na siyang sagutin.
Sa recent guesting ng 27-year-old Kapuso sa "TaranTanong" segment ng Mars Pa More, ang una niyang pinili ay ang "Buntis Ka Ba Issue."
Natatawang sabi ni Lauren: "'Yung pagbubuntis. I think, hindi pa ako buntis, guys! Puwede bang nag-quarantine weight lang ako nang konti?"
Pero pagdating sa mga komento tungkol sa kanyang weight, hindi na raw siya gaanong affected.
Sa naganap na Zoom mediacon para sa GMA Afternoon Prime teleserye na Stories From The Heart: Never Say Goodbye noong October 11, 2021, na-overcome na raw niya ang insecurity sa kanyang katawan at natutunan na niyang tanggapin ito.
“Ako kasi, I’ve been dealing with body-image issues for a very long time. And I really like to use my platform to encourage people and to help people to boost their confidence.
“I was skinny or fit before. I had abs. I’ve been through that. I eat healthy. I exercise every day. And for what? To please other people?"
Kinailangan raw niyang baguhin ang kanyang mindset: Maging mas mabait sa kanyang sarili.
Sa pagpapatuloy ni Lauren, “And now, although I’m on the heavier side, the chubby side, I may not look picture-perfect to the standard of other people,
"But at the end of the day, I’m most confident now in my current state and I’m so happy with where I am in my life," diin pa ni Lauren.
Masaya siya inside and out dahil tanggap niya ang kanyang sarili. Sana raw ay maging motivation ito para sa ibang kababaihan na nabibiktima ng body-shaming.
Kaya sa kanyang social media feeds, nagpo-post ito tungkol sa body positivity.
Gaya na lang nito: isang larawan na kuha eight years ago.
She was lean and healthy.
But back then, she didn't feel good at all about this picture. In fact, ang title niya was, "One day makakapag-shorts din ako."
Saad pa ni Lauren sa mahaba niyang caption, "I was filled with so much insecurity. I thought I was ugly, had a body I hated and all I did was party, not sleep and barely ate."
Over time, natutunan ni Lauren ang huwag gaanong i-pressure ang sarili.
Patuloy pa rin ang kanyang fitness journey, at pareho niyang concern ang physical at mental health.
“I don’t need people calling me sexy to make me feel beautiful about myself. And I think a lot of people need to hear that.
"You know, you don’t have to have the perfect vital statistics to be able to call yourself beautiful or hot or gorgeous.
"You just have to be happy with who you are, how you look like, and that what matters most.
“I just want to make sure that the people who are watching, when they see me on screen masasabi nila, ‘If Lauren can do it, why can’t I?’ So, it shouldn’t stop you and you shouldn’t feel less confident about it."