ABS-CBN talent Maris Racal admitted to bouts of insecurity about her body at a time when she was doing teen roles on television. This was revealed by the 24-year-old "Pumila Ka" singer in an exclusive interview in PEP.ph's live stream show PEP Live.
Maris recalled, "Ako, dati, hindi ko talaga gusto yung body ko kasi masyadong sobrang payat. And like, yun yung time na gusto ko nang mag-mature onti sa role and laging talagang nabibigay sa akin bata, ganyan."
"Kasi ang liit ko. So yun yung insecurity ko, parang guso ko mag-gain. May mga comments din na, 'Ano ba ito si Maris, masyadong payatot,' parang, 'hindi nakakaganda, hindi nakaka-fresh, like, very low na word like, 'Ang tuyot mo na.' Alam mo yun?" she states.
The comments did take a toll on her self-confidence, but through the years, Maris has learned to deal with negativity. Maris responds to such comments, saying, "[I'm like], 'Get a life! Alam mo?' Parang, 'Hindi mo naman ito katawan e,' alam mo yun?"
"Ngayon, 2022 na, hindi na welcome yung mga body shaming, as in. Kung mag-comment ka ng ganyan, ikaw na yung nakakaawa, hindi na yung binabash mo," she says, "at the end of the day, ako lang nakakakilala sa sarili ko. And, I have my own goals sa body. I may look like this, but you don't know if I'm unhealthy inside so I'm fixing that."