Remember Jessy Mendiola's bikini photo that made headlines in May 2016?
Taken in Boracay, it flaunted her curves.
But after her then-screen partner JC De Vera posted another photo taken from a different angle, the netizens accused Jessy of editing her photos, and was told, "Taba siya" and "Hindi siya pang-FHM."
Jessy put out a strong message about body shaming.
Part of it read: "...I know how it feels like to be called 'FAT' or 'TUMABA.' Well, just to inform some of you 'PERFECT' people. We all come in different sizes and shapes but that shouldn't stop us from being happy with our own bodies."
Interestingly, the mestiza actress was hailed FHM's Sexiest Woman that year.
The actress thought, people appreciated her body, but instead, she was "bullied" and called “pata, baboy, taba, etc.” by bashers.
On Instagram, she recounted what she felt: "I didn’t deserve to win the title cos I’m waaaaaay bigger than the other girls who they thought should’ve won."
So for a time, she got depressed, stopped working out, and started gaining more weight.
Here's her entire post:
So... I’m gonna post about this because a lot of people asked me to. Not to show off or anything, but rather to inspire. I’ve always thought of myself as really strong and fit, yes, even on the picture on the left. I worked out regularly (weights and all), ate what I felt was good for me and you know what? It felt good, I was happy. 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.” while others said I didn’t deserve to win the title cos I’m waaaaaay bigger than the other girls who they thought should’ve won. I felt really down and started losing my confidence. 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. I didn’t even want to be seen on TV anymore, I started turning down roles and it affected my work. Then I realized, why should I feel so bad about myself when I loved myself even before i was called “sexiest”. I thought of myself as sexy, strong ang 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 learned to eat moderately and exercise to feel good, to be energized rather than by punishing myself for eating chocolates or that blueberry muffin. I started accepting my built and switched my work out according to my body type (Hi @bodybymamakat and mama @nadinetengco love you both ????????). 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. 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
Then she bounced back, became more serious about achieving her fitness goals, and got Kat Geronimo-Garcia, aka Mama Kat, as her trainer.
Today, April 12, Kat mentioned in an Instagram post that Jessy has so far lost 21 pounds.
She is also "leaner, stronger, tighter."
How did she do it?
Kat revealed, "no fad diets and death defying non sense training was involved."
But for more than year now, the 25-year-old star has been into "good nutrition" (thanks to planned meals), boxing, and circuit training—a workout involving eight to ten prescribed exercises targeting different muscle groups.
Her fitness journey was slowly but surely.
And Jessy's big secret? "Consistency and discipline."
The trainer stressed that those two are "the most essential aspects of getting fit and strong."