Many celebrities are very vocal about their intention to tell people especially girls of teenage that they have to be confident of their bodies. A lot of Filipino and local celebrities exert extra effort to convince girls to be proud of themselves. However, there are aspects of the society who cannot just do this same thing.
Jessie Mendiola revealed in an interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) that she experienced depression when she received a memo stating she is already fat hence she has to lose weight if she wants to work again.
Jessy said that this is the reason why she remained invisible in TV for two years. Her management gave her ample time to lose weight and prepare her body. The revelation was made during the media launch of her new endorsement product.
The actress admitted that such remark made her sad but she turned this sadness into something positive that pushed her to conquer her challenge.
“It proves that you can’t get work when you gain weight. That’s the kind of society we have.”
“At first, it made me sad. I thought na kahit pa mag-gain ako ng weight, okay lang. Pero nabanggit ko nga na it’s part of my job. Tinanggap ko siya and I challenged myself at nakita naman ang result with the help of my workout and this Amazing Grape Juice with Garcinia Cambogia na talagang nakatulong para pumayat ako.”
The actress admitted losing at least 20 lbs. This made her boyfriend, Luis Manzano, very happy because according to her, Luis saw how she struggled so much.
“”From 140 lbs nasa 115-120 lbs na lang ako. Luis [Manzano, her boyfriend] is very happy for me kasi simula nang naging kami, struggle talaga sa akin ang magpapayat at nakita niya yung journey ko. Kaya nung nalaman niya na naabot ko yung goal ko, yung gusto kong ma-achieve, he’s very happy for me.
“Naiyak nga yun nang very light, e. Nakita niya kasi yung struggles ko na hindi na ako nabibigyan ng work, lagi akong binabash ng mga tao na I gained weight, na I’m fat daw or whatever. Nakita niya na naging positive at naging happy na ako.”
The actress described the kind of depression she experienced back then.
“I got very depressed, parang dumating ako sa point na, ‘Ah, ‘eto na lang pala talaga ang halaga ko.’ Kung hindi ako sexy, wala akong projects at hindi nila ako makikita as who I am.
“Sa mga nagsasabi na, ‘Ay, nagpapayat siya kasi binash siya,’ it’s not that. It’s more that I wanted to feel good, so I started being healthy.”