Iza Calzado pushes for redefinition of body beautiful

by FM Ganal
Sep 9, 2018
Iza Calzado spearheads She Talks Asia's first Body Love Conference on September 29. The conference is an in-depth discussion on body positivity and self-worth.

Iza Calzado is on a mission to broaden and widen our perception of what is beautiful.

Early this month, Iza was blown away by Cosmopolitan UK’s October cover.

It featured Tess Holliday, an American plus-size model, in an emerald one-piece swimsuit that flaunted her curves and folds in all their glory.

Iza marked this as true "body love revolution."

"This is the kind of magazine cover that I wish I saw as an obese teen growing up filled with insecurities and not feeling worthy to be called beautiful much less be worthy of being on the cover of a magazine one day," the ABS-CBN actress wrote on her Instagram caption.

"I celebrate her confidence! I can’t wait for this to happen in the Philippines!"

At the media launch for She Talk Asia: The Body Love Conference, Iza elaborated further on the significance of having a plus-size model on the cover an international beauty magazine.

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The Ngayon at Kailanman actress told the press, "What they did having Tess Holliday on that cover, which is big right now, is groundbreaking.

"It's a great discussion point as well because people are saying, 'Are we celebrating or glorifying obesity by doing this cover?'

"I'll just say something: It's a beauty magazine! Nowhere did it say that this is what is healthy.

"It said, 'This is what’s beautiful. This is sexy, this is beautiful, this is powerful, this is inspiring.'

"So let’s not take it out of context... as long as I think we're not changing the facts on what's healthy and what's not, I think it's okay to have this kind of representation."

At the same time, Iza felt that this a key time for media and society to open their minds to the beauty of all kinds of body types.

"I also feel like we need to stop having extremes because now we have the plus size and now we have the skinny, perfect models.

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"And I think we kind of need a representation of other, you know, the normal everyday girl!

"We'll get there…"

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At the start of the year, Iza already introduced on Instagram her ongoing mission to promote body love and self-love.

READ: Iza Calzado to embrace body's imperfections this 2018: "I have so many of them!"

So far, it has been successful.

Thanks to the presence of She Talk Asia, a movement which Iza co-founded that celebrates modern women and empower women, the revolution gradually took off.

Early this week, Iza had the opportunity to take her body love talk to an all-girls school and that has been the dream purpose of her advocacy—introduce the concept of body positivity to school campuses, to the youth.

When asked during the media launch about the practices Iza had to "unlearn" to authentically love herself and love her body, the actress didn’t hesitate to share her thoughts.

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Iza said, "It's very hard to unlearn the negative self-talk… part of it is judging your body.

"It's very hard to unlearn that skinny is not exactly—I mean, skinny is beautiful, but so is average [body type] or having folds or having imperfections.

"This is what I said in the talk, and I said I realized that it was easier for me to transform my body than it was to transform my mind.

"Because until now, ang hirap pa rin.

"I’m still on that path [to transform my mind], and maybe I’m just like 50 percent there.

"Whereas my body, I feel like malayo na talaga ang narating ko. So it's so hard to unlearn, also especially culturally.

"What has been passed on to us from generations, like yung 'tumaba ka ba?' yung ganyan. Like wanting to be praised for being thin, wanting to hear that phrase 'pumayat ka…'

"As if your worth is measured by your weight or your size."

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As an actress, Iza also pointed it out that it was difficult to see yourself fit for the industry when everyone else in the room projected the same kind of "perfection."

But to become perfect is not the main goal.

Instead of asking celebrities, "How to be you?" Why not "How to be the best version of yourself?"

She continued, "When you work in front of the camera and almost everyone around you is perfect, you really believe that you have to be perfect to believe that you’re worth to be viewed by a massive audience, di ba?

"So that was very, very hard to unlearn…"

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The She Talks Asia: Body Love Conference will be on September 29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Whitespace Manila, 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati.

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