Let me just put it out here: Making comments about anyone's weight and body—may they be to a friend, a relative, a stranger, or a public figure even—is never okay. Come on, guys, it's 2021, and body-shaming remarks like, "Ay, tumaba ka" or "Huy, ang payat payat mo na" shouldn't be made in real life and online.
One actress who's been dealing with body-shaming comments is Rhian Ramos. In September 2020, the 30-year-old GMA-7 star opened up about the issue in her vlog and read comments people have said about her weight loss. Some said she was "too skinny," while others speculated that she had an eating disorder.
"It was so hard," Rhian said. "I had a really hard time, guys. And not just 'cause I was brokenhearted and shattered, but other things in my life were giving me a lot of stress." At that time, Rhian had broken up with her boyfriend, Amit Borsok, and had to look for a new condo—yup, all in the middle of a pandemic.
But now in February 2021, while Rhian still comes across unsolicited comments about her weight, she remains totally unbothered by them. In a report by PEP.ph, Rhian had an interview with GMA News Online on Friday, February 19, and revealed that those comments don't really affect her: "I just take it with a grain of salt...It doesn't really hurt my feelings."
She also added that she's self-aware about her body: "I own many mirrors and part of my job is to know what I look like. I don't think I ever hear something that I don't expect first because I know myself."
For Rhian, what matters most is her health and what she considers good for her body. "If there's anything, someone else who doesn't like with my body, e, 'di wag nila gawin sa sarili nila," she said. "Yung sarili kong gusto, taste, at health goals ang susundin ko."
Rhian continues to thrive as a GMA-7 artist and actress, and in fact, just renewed her exclusive contract with them. "15 years and still counting," she wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to my @gmanetwork family for the continued trust. I am proud to forever be your Kapuso baby."
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