Interviewed by Joyce from Revive’s Interview Team.
Why are you interested in modeling?
I am interested in modeling because I love creating art with amazing creatives. It’s inspiring to hear their stories and work with them to create great photos together. But most importantly, I love that through modeling, I can show representation for the Filipino community. I have always had an interest in fashion and taking photos since I was a little girl but I didn’t think I was able to pursue modeling until I got scouted.
There are many stereotypes about modeling. What is your opinion on these stereotypes?
I believe that all sizes should be represented in the media. Models show products that are for the consumers and there should be representation for different sizes rather than the standard sample size. Many models are pressured to go down to a certain size even when they are already healthy. The stereotype of sample size has led to many mental and eating disorders.I think that the industry is becoming more inclusive now but there is still a lot more room for change.
What are some mental health tips that you would give someone?
Some mental health tips that I would give are to unfollow any accounts that are toxic to you and learn to love yourself. It is okay to feel down at times and although it may be hard to let out your feelings and just suppress them, it is completely valid to let out your feelings, and speak with a professional for treatment if you need to. It is important to understand the way that we feel and learn how we can heal from it.
What does body positivity mean to you? How should one embrace their body rather than comparing it to others?
Body positivity to me means loving your body for the way that it is and appreciating all the great things it does for you rather than how it looks. At times it can be hard to not compare yourselves to others, especially through social media, but one very important thing that we should all remember is that we are all beautiful in our own unique ways and our bodies deserve to be accepted and loved. You can embrace your body by your sense of style and practicing gratitude each day, write or say positive affirmations.
Is there a quote that motivates you?
A quote that motivates me is “visualize your highest self then show up as her” This quote motivates me because you can truly achieve anything that you want but the most important thing is that you must believe in yourself and work hard.
Does social media affect your mental health? If so, how?
Yes, social media has affected my mental health. I do struggle with body image and am guilty of comparing myself to others. I have my days when I find it difficult to go on those platforms and take a break from it at times. I feel like I get caught up in other people’s achievements and have a sense of imposter syndrome and compare oneself to other models or influencers. Social media is a highlight reel and comparison really is the thief of joy. We all are on our own paths and don’t know what a person that you see on social media can be truly going through so you shouldn’t compare and just focus on yourself. It is easier said than done but it is something that I still work on each day.
Why do you think prioritizing mental health is so important, especially for youth?
Prioritizing mental health is so important especially for the youth because it builds a foundation for their well-being. The youth is a critical age for development and learning how to take care of yourself and knowing your limits will help the overall self-esteem and greater ability to control emotions in the long run.
What does mental health mean to YOU?
To me mental health means taking time to take care of yourself. It is knowing your limits and setting boundaries for yourself.