Former Pinoy Big Brother teen housemate Ylona Garcia has been stung by body-shamers since she uploaded a braless selfie on Facebook last June 29, 2020.
Over the past weeks, her social media account has been littered with stinging commentaries about her boobs, calling them "lawlaw" or "hindi pantay."
Instead of taking offense, the 18-year-old teen star merely said these remarks reveal more about the personalities of the people making them.
Ylona told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via Instagram's direct message on Saturday, September 5: "Beauty standards are influenced by age, environment, time, and culture.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I respect that. But in my opinion, I feel sorry for them.
"Giving comments especially about a person’s physicality, they’re basically judging a person based on their own standards.
"We’re all created by God and I think we should be happy with what He’s blessed us with.
"If they cannot respect and appreciate God’s creation (including us, humans) then they’re just plain out disrespecting God."
Meanwhile, some Facebook users have rushed to the defense Ylona, like Xyneah Lee who reminded everyone that every person is unique and body sizes are not all the same.
The netizen wrote, "UNEVEN BREAST IS NORMAL, IF YOUR BOOBS IS 'LAWLAW' (saggy) THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH IT."
Xyneah also denounced Ylona's bashers and wrote, "'Akala ko meme, hinde kasi pantay yung dede nya'
"Anong klaseng pag iisip yan? I'm not even gonna cover your names, panindigan niyo yang pinagsasabi niyo. Disgusting."
In the midst of the brouhaha about her boobs, Ylona has remained unrattled.
She has said cooly, "All I can really do is just include those who think negatively of my body in my prayers hoping that, in turn, they will not be subject to body shaming or any type of bullying.
"Will also be praying that they keep safe during these difficult times."
Ylona has left an inspiring message to people being body-shamed: "We cannot control what people will say to one another, either they praise you or rebuke you.
"But what we have control over is what we think about ourselves.
"God gave you the beautiful body you have, please be grateful, please love yourself and please spread love."
Ylona is currently riding out the COVID-19 pandemic in her hometown in Sydney, Australia, where her parents, Peter and Caridad Garcia, live.