Lea Salonga reveals weight struggles during Miss Saigon days; slams fat-shaming

by Jet Hitosis
Sep 14, 2019
In a Facebook post, Pinay theater legend Lea Salonga speaks up about her weight struggles particularly while playing Kim in the multi-awarded stage production Miss Saigon from 1989 to 1992, in reaction to James Corden condemning fellow American TV host Bill Maher for his fat-shaming comments in a segment in his HBO show.
PHOTO/S: @msleasalonga on Instagram

Ibinunyag ni Lea Salonga na may mga panahong nahihirapan siyang panatilihin ang kanyang timbang.

Lalo na, aniya, noong nagbibida siya sa Miss Saigon bilang Kim. Nagsimula ang kanyang stint sa Miss Saigon noong 1989.

Ito ang inamin ng international singer sa isang Facebook post ngayong Sabado, September 14, nang ibahagi niya ang artikulong “James Corden Torches Bill Maher For Fat-Shaming Segment.”

Pag-amin ni Lea, “I’ve struggled with my own weight for as long as I was old enough to go in a diet.

“I’m not morbidly obese by any means, but by ‘showbiz standards,’ I’m not the norm.”

Sa pagpapatuloy ni Lea, sinabi niyang higit pang na-“amplify” ang pagpapapayat niya nang gumanap siyang Kim, na “envisioned to be tiny.”

THE CHALLENGE OF PLAYING KIM

Kuwento ng Pinay theater legend, may chart sa opisina “that monitored my weight and I had to do weekly weigh-ins.”

Sakaling madagdagan daw ang timbang ni Lea, “The resident choreographer would be sent to my dressing room to tell me to lose weight.”

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Dito na inamin ni Lea na noong mga panahong iyon, naramdaman niyang siya ay “isolated and alone.”

“I know the company meant well, and I get the demands of the show and that role in particular, but this wasn’t helpful to me or my impressionable young psyche.

“No one else in the cast carried this on their shoulders, so I oftentimes felt isolated and alone.”

Eighteen years old lang si Lea nang gumanap siya bilang kauna-unahang Kim sa Miss Saigon, sa West End at sa Broadway.

Sa mahusay na pagganap sa nasabing role, si Lea ang naging unang babaeng Asian winner ng Tony Award.

Sa kanyang post, mariing kinondena ni Lea ang fat-shaming.

Saad pa sa post ni Lea, “Fat-shaming isn’t helpful, I agree. And folks that are overweight to whatever degree are already painfully aware that something isn’t right.

“We do really try to do right by our bodies not just to look great but to live long for ourselves and those we love.”

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Sa huli, tiniyak ni Lea na siya ang “biggest cheerleader” ng mga nahihirapang magpapayat.

“So know this: if you are overweight and I am around you, know that in my mind I am not shaming you, but am concerned.

“I want you to be around for a long, long time, and will be your biggest cheerleader holding your hand in your own quest for a healthier you.”

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Ang pagbubunyag ni Lea ay bilang suporta niya sa pagtuligsa ng American host na si James Corden sa “fat-shaming” na ginawa umano ng kapwa host na si Bill Maher, sa isang segment ng HBO show ng huli na Real Time With Bill Maher.

BATTLE AGAINST FAT-SHAMERS

Matagal nang sumusuporta si Lea kontra fat-shaming.

April 2018 nang nagpa-trending si Lea ng #NoToFatShaming at #FatShamingIsNotAcceptable hashtags sa Twitter, matapos niyang aminin na siya ay “someone who, throughout my career, has been called fat to my face.”

Noon namang July 2016, ipagtanggol ni Lea si Jessy Mendiola laban sa mga body-shamers na kumokontra sa pagkakapili sa aktres bilang Sexiest Woman ng FHM magazine ng taong iyon.

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In a Facebook post, Pinay theater legend Lea Salonga speaks up about her weight struggles particularly while playing Kim in the multi-awarded stage production Miss Saigon from 1989 to 1992, in reaction to James Corden condemning fellow American TV host Bill Maher for his fat-shaming comments in a segment in his HBO show.
PHOTO/S: @msleasalonga on Instagram
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