Katrina Dimaranan is well aware that going under the knife remains to be a taboo topic here in the Philippines. Eyebrows are raised even more when it comes to beauty queens like her, whom onlookers assume to be the pinaccle of being demure and "ladylike".
To this, she candidly declares, "We are in 2021. Do what makes you happy!" In a conversation with Preview, the beauty queen discusses her recent breast augmentation journey, and why getting beauty enhancements shouldn't be such a big deal anymore.
Katrina got in touch with Dr. Vicki Belo after her podium finish at Miss Universe Philippines this year, and was more than happy to finally get a procedure she professes was a long time coming. "I've always had the urge [to get the procedure] since [I was in] high school," she recalls. "Don't get me wrong, while I did love my breasts before surgery, and felt confident about them, I wanted to fit better in my clothes, and [to] feel more comfortable with and without a bra."
The 28-year-old admits that the stigma surrounding cosmetic surgeries did hinder her from going through with the procedure in the past. Regardless, she pushed through with it this year, claiming that, "I will always be happy with myself, and I can now proudly say that I'm so glad I went [through] the surgery."
Right after her procedure, a huge wave of relief and excitement engulfed Katrina. She shares, "Naturally, the body goes through a healing process so there was some physical soreness after. But thankfully my recovery went smoothly and I was able to continue hosting events, doing photoshoots, [and more] after a week and a half!"
Aside from the physical after-effects, Katrina was also prepared to receive any disapproving comments from netizens, given how openly she talked about her journey on social media. Much to the beauty queen's surprise, most people were actually quite supportive and happy for her. "I actually received 99% positive comments. From people feeling a sense of relief that finally, a public figure, a beauty queen [at that], is speaking openly and honestly about getting any type of enhancement, to people seeing how it is okay to normalize talking about getting [these] enhancements," she states.
Though, one commenter in particular urged Katrina to settle the conversation once and for all. On TikTok, the beauty queen responded to a user saying it was standard for her to get a cosmetic surgery since it's normalized in the U.S., where she is based, but not in the Philippines.
Katrina is firm in her stance that the idea of body positivity should extend to those who choose to alter something with their bodies. She adds that, "Women's behavior and beauty standards have been policed for centuries. We expect women to be prim, proper, covered, and well-behaved. This culture [seeps into] our language and our daily behaviors, that many [end up thinking] it is okay to shame people for breaking stereotypes and standards."
For her, it's about time that people are allowed to pursue whatever it is that makes them feel more confident and beautiful, with no judgment whatsoever. "At the end of the day, you deserve to be the best version of yourself. You are beautiful no matter what. If you want to take the extra steps to take you there, let no one stop you, because you deserve you." she says.
To anyone thinking of getting any type of beauty enhancement, Katrina has this to say: "Know that I am rooting for you. I will advise you to do a couple of things, and the first is to do your research. Find credible sources online to prime yourself with knowledge [about] the surgery you want. Finally, prepare for the transformation, physically, mentally, and emotionally."
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