THE first Filipina crowned as Ms. Top of the World Plus Size has encouraged fellow plus-size women to believe in themselves and be more confident with their body.
Ms. Top of the World Plus Size 2017 Jodel Mesina shared on Thursday, November 23, how difficult it is to be a plus-size woman, saying that it is hurtful to be called names like tambok or baboy.
The 35-year-old Cebuana said that plus-size women should face these stereotypes and just be true to themselves.
"Never worry and never stop believing in pursuing your dreams regardless of your size, shape, or color," Mesina said during a press conference in a restaurant in Busay, Cebu City on Thursday.
"Be true to yourself. Never stop believing in yourself. Just strive hard, and you can reach your dreams," she said.
Mesina, who works as a real estate developer, said she plans to start an organization that aims to stop discrimination against plus-size people.
Mesina was named Mrs. Top of the World Plus Size last November 13, 2017, at Legacy Center, Marymount, Singapore, besting 16 candidates from other countries.
She said that Ms. & Mrs. Top of the World Plus Size 2018 will be held in the Philippines, possibly in Cebu City. (Erica Jill Dancel, USC AB Communications Intern/SunStar Philippines)
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