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Queenie Padilla to teenagers struggling with body image: ‘Be confident, embrace your flaws’

/ 12:18 PM July 19, 2018

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@queeniepadillarevert

Queenie Padilla encouraged teenagers who don’t have a positive body image to be confident in who they are. Moreover, Robin Padilla and Liezl Sicangco’s eldest daughter also reminded the youth to embrace their flaws and to beautify both one’s inner and outer selves.

Padilla opened up about her negative perception of her body in a photo she shared via Instagram last Tuesday, July 17. Uploading a photo of a woman seeing a distorted image of herself in the mirror, Padilla shared how the “superficial standards of ‘beauty'” the entertainment industry instilled in her “destroyed” her as a teenager.

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“I wasn’t born with a body of a Victoria’s Secret model,” wrote Padilla. “I was born with a curvy body which meant that I had to work much harder because I would look bigger on camera.”

Padilla then went to share how “insecure and delusional” she was with how she perceives her body, that she will buy clothes that are of smaller sizes to motivate herself to lose weight as she was ashamed of her real size. She added that she had a hard time finding clothes that fit her well because of her curvy body.

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Padilla revealed that she had skin problems which cause the appearance of rashes all over her body. The marks the rashes left can only be removed using peeling treatments. Because of this, she used to hear “brutal comments” not only about her skin, but about her weight and teeth as well.

“Is it my fault that I was born with this body?” Padilla used to ask herself. “Is it my fault that my skin is so sensitive?”

Given an opportunity to talk to her teenage self, Padilla stated she will tell herself to take things easy and to stop stressing about “brutal comments.” “You are beautiful, you are talented, you are intelligent, you are intellectual and you should stop absorbing negativity. Focus on what you have been blessed with,” she shared.

“At 27 as a new mother, I’ve become more confident in my own skin. It’s amazing what motherhood can do,” said Padilla. “To all the teenagers including my daughter some day, be confident in who you are. Embrace your flaws and more importantly just as much as you want to beautify your physical self, don’t forget about beautifying your inner self.”

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During my pregnancy it was scary hearing people say that your body will change. Being exposed to the life of celebrity and the superficial standards of “beauty” showbiz embedded in my brain destroyed me as a teenager. I wasn’t born with a body of a Victoria’s Secret model. I was born with a curvy body which meant that I had to work much harder because I would look bigger on camera. I was so insecure and delusional that I would buy clothes a size down, thinking that it would motivate me to lose the weight. I was ashamed buying a size 10 or 12. It was hard to find pants and dresses that fit me, because of my wide hips and curves. I’ve had skin problems, If I didn’t have an asthma attack, I would get rashes all over my body. So I was constantly having peeling treatments to make the marks go away. When I would hear brutal comments about my weight, teeth and my skin I used to think to myself. Is it my fault that I was born with this body? Is it my fault that my skin is so sensitive? If I could have something to say to my tell my teenage self; it would be, “Stop stressing about these things, take it easy. You are beautiful, you are talented, you are intelligent, you are intellectual and you should stop absorbing negativity. Focus on what you have been blessed with. Nobody’s perfect. Everyone has their strengths and weakness. Embrace them. You are you. Think about the good things you can do to make an impact in the world. Be productive. Make your dreams come true. It’s okay to be a size 10-12, you don’t need to be a size 8 to be beautiful. You can achieve a healthy body weight by eating right and exercising. You can have flawless skin and straight teeth. All the more now with the revolutionary modern dental, skin treatments available out there. There is always a solution to every problem.” At 27 as a new mother, I’ve become more confident in my own skin. It’s amazing what motherhood can do. To all the teenagers including my daughter some day, be confident in who you are. Embrace your flaws and more importantly just as much as you want to beautify your physical self, don’t forget about beautifying your inner self. #thepainmakesyoustronger #olderandwiser

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Queenie Padilla left her show business career in 2011. A year later, she married her Pakistani husband, Usama Rashid Mir with whom she has a daughter named Mustahsina Mikailah. JB

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