Jasmine Curtis-Smith caught Instagram's attention early this month when she posted a photo of herself bathing in a hotel somewhere in Bali, Indonesia.
Her photo now has over 100,000 likes. The comments section was filled with similar positive reactions, including one from her sister, Anne Curtis.
But just a few months ago, the comments on Jasmine's social media were different and had a more off-putting tone. People seemed to feel uneasy upon seeing another bikini-clad photo she posted last October. They believed the actress was becoming "anorexic," which unbeknownst to them had put Jasmine in an uncomfortable spot. She confronted these commenters, saying that they were being "judgmental" about her health and physique. In a recent interview, she also asked netizens to be more careful with using the term to refer to others.
On Loving Her Body
In a video interview with Cosmo.ph early this year, Jasmine opened up about her journey toward body positivity and self-love. She said that since she was young, people have always commented on her body. She said that in neighborhood, people used to call her a "butete" or a tadpole, because she was "fairly small and skinny but [she] had a tummy."
This seemingly harmless nickname made Jasmine feel extra conscious about her body and it was further magnified when she entered showbiz. Touching on the body issue she encountered last 2017, Jasmine revealed she had "a change of lifestyle" which led to some physical changes.
The actress said, "I lost a lot of weight and a lot of people on social media understood [the change] in a different way...People thought I was anorexic and needed help and needed to seek doctor’s advice…but I already had gone and done that.
"I had already consulted so many of my co-workers about how I look, and everyone would come back to me and say, 'Well, it’s about how you feel.' It just never stuck to me. Parang ayokong to just accept na it's about how you felt…”
This drove Jasmine to increase her weight, but she eventually felt that her decision to eat more and gain the pounds wasn't exactly healthy.
It was only this year when Jasmine changed her perspective and stopped listening to what people said. "It’s more of shading that noise away para you can concentrate on yourself and loving yourself na totoo, hindi 'yung because everyone else said so…"
Jasmine said that she's currently "in a state of reconnecting and healing" with herself. "I think I did a lot of damage to my state of mind and also my body in turn as a result of how I was thinking. I’m trying to repair that, and work on myself, and really understand my body," she said. "Rather than seeing what's there and what's working on everyone else and trying to impose that on myself, [I want to understand] what's best for myself."
*This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.