By Kristelle Bechayda
A lot of times, media portrayal of body standards can cause women to feel insecure. Mothers are no exception. After giving birth, their bodies change and some find it hard to get back in shape. As Perla’s way of celebrating its service to fashionable Filipinas over the years, 30—moms included—women from different walks of life glided down the runway during its Basics Redefined fashion show.
Supermodels for a day
The women were chosen from the brand’s all-white OOTD contest on Facebook and Instagram. “These women are from different walks of life,” brand specialist Quiel Estrella says. “They are mothers, office workers, entrepreneurs. They are simple women and we transformed them into supermodels for a day.”
He adds that the beauty of Filipinas should be appreciated because though simple, they always stand out.
Slaying OOTDs and life
Second place winner Maria Melinda David is a mother to an 11-month-old baby. She was insecure with her body after giving birth. Her breasts felt large and uneven because her daughter only breast-fed on one.
She went through postpartum depression, but then realized that her insecurities will do her no good if she dwells on them. “Hindi mo kailangan baguhin lahat sa sarili mo,” David says. “Kailangan tanggapin mo kung anong meron ka kasi ma fe-feel down ka lang sa insecurities mo.”
David shares a few pointers on how she slayed the contest and the show:
- Choose comfort. Iyon ’yung pinakamahalaga sa lahat eh, lalo na sa shoot. Una, ang pinasuot sa akin ay matataas na heels. Maganda nga yung shoes pero hindi naman ako komportable. Buti nga lang may nakita akong ’di kataasan pero maganda pa din. At least, comfortable ako at maganda din siyang tignan.
- Color of clothes. Minsan kasi yung iba gumagamit ng kulay na medyo hindi bagay sa kanila. Actually ang white bagay sa lahat ng skin tones.
- Don’t overdo accessories. Usually hindi naa-appreciate yung damit mo dahil ang daming accessories. Pag mag-post ka kasi ng OOTD, ’di ba ang gusto mong makita is ang outfit? If mag-over ka sa accessories, mag-aagaw eksena na siya sa clothes mo.
David adds that having your own “me time” helps. If you are going through something, it is important to spend enough time to process your thoughts.
“Isipin mo muna ang sarili mo kasi if hindi, ang pamilya mo din yung maapektuhan, hindi lang ikaw,” she ends.
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