Reminiscing my AsNTM days. I used to be so shy and quiet without a voice. No one would hear me, no one would listen. Still, I decided to make a bold and courageous move by joining the competition despite all my fears and insecurities. I didn’t even know what I was doing. All I knew was that I wanted to be confident. I wanted a voice, I wanted to be heard. I’m so glad I didn’t back out or give up or else I wouldn’t be what I am and where I am right now.
It is always good to step out of your comfort zone. That’s what life is about. It’s about growing and learning as you go. Take baby steps if you need to but make sure to always move forward. Eventually you’ll get to where you want to be even if it feels like it takes forever.
It’s okay to not know what you’re doing, it’s okay to be judged but just know that only you know yourself the best and only you should decide what to do with your life. Kaya dapat #GandangWalangHiya ALL the time! 💗 #Myra
- Maureen Wroblewitz, Asia's Next Top Model 2017
During my first pageant screening with all the other girls, I had to wear a bikini and heels in front of a panel of judges. I can’t tell you how nervous I was...all my insecurities about being “too skinny” and “too flat-chested” flooded into my mind. To be honest, my fear of not having the “perfect body” had always been a hindrance to me joining pageants having been body-shamed so many times throughout my career. Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to make it through the screening, and my proceeding pageant journey caused me to learn an extremely important lesson...
There is absolutely NO such thing as a perfect body or even a specific peg for a pageant. “Sexiness” is not measured in inches, it is measured by your self-confidence and the outcome of hard work!
So, I decided to begin loving and nurturing the body that God gave me; by exercising to become fit, sleeping longer hours, and I also stopped comparing myself to the other girls. It wasn’t always easy but over time, I started to see not only physical improvements to my body but I could feel both my mental strength and confidence elevating. All of this lead to a victorious coronation night where I TRULY felt bold, courageous and #GandangWalangHiya. #Myra
- Kelley Day, Miss World - Miss Eco Philippines 2019
Last year I had a tough time deciding whether or not I should join Binibining Pilipinas... Even though my friends and family were constantly encouraging me, deep down I felt that I didn’t have the tools, mental strength, beauty to do well in the pageant.
When I finally joined, the journey was long and difficult. I was constantly exhausted both physically and mentally from the busy schedule and from training, and I was also riddled with self doubt at times.
It was a day by day process and I had to constantly keep positive thoughts in my mind in order to do my best. Even though there were times where I felt doubtful, I overcame them with the mindset that I can do anything I set my mind to. To keep believing in myself; to stay focused, stay committed, and stay empowered.
Fast forward a few months and I ended up placing much better than I thought I was capable of. I overcame so many obstacles and self doubt the day of coronation.
While the experience was tough, I finished feeling validated, beautiful, and feeling a much greater sense of confidence in myself and in my abilities. I hope my story helps you find your strength from within. Just like me, most people start off with little or low self-confidence, but as a result of their own efforts, and perseverance they become bold and brave. The key is to be true to yourself, and to be true to the very best that is in you. Be #GandangWalangHiya. This is the only way to truly learn how to believe in yourself. And – more importantly – never compromise your potential to grow due to self-limiting doubts. Instead, embrace your confidence and believe in yourself because you really can do anything you put your mind to. #Myra
- Jessica Marasigan, Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Top 15
I never thought of myself as someone beautiful. I was always that girl who played with boys as a kid. One day, a friend asked me to walk the runway for his new brand. After that, new opportunities came my way and suddenly, I found myself on an international stage. My #GandangWalangHiya moment was when I accepted the challenge to represent the Philippines in a pageant. I know I’m not perfect but I believe in myself and I know that what I have is enough. :) #Myra
- Kris Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014
When I was in college I was given the chance to study in Europe as an exchange student. Even though it was just for a while, I had to leave my comfort zone and be #GandangWalangHiya. I had to be bold enough to start a new life abroad. Nonetheless, I took the risk and it helped me have a better view of the world. I became independent and taking that leap of faith really helped become more confident and independent as a woman. It turned out to be one of the most life changing experiences I’ve ever had. #Myra
- Inez Lebron, Model
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Happy with my simple decision to be #GandangWalangHiya and live more boldly. So far this year, I put up an Art Fest and also joined a nerve-wracking pole recital both for the first time. Also, I’ve been spending the last months working on our grand homecoming reunion in November as the homecoming chair. It’s a lot of organizing, fund raising and dancing! I had braced myself for some exhaustion given the load of work on top of my full time job and my role as a wife and mom. However, I found myself energized by the inspiring people around me and by my experience of my own personal power. I’ve also been nourished by my supportive husband, kids, family and friends. Praise the Lord. Say yes to life and life says yes to you! #Myra
- Sophia Chua, Model
Before I moved to the Philippines to pursue modelling my Dad taught me that confidence is not ‘they will like me’, confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.
I have learned that being a model means I must deal with rejection on a regular basis - but with enough courage and confidence in yourself anything is possible.
It’s important to know what sources feed your confidence – For me, it’s my loving family, supportive friends, my thriving modeling and designing career, learning how to act and speak Tagalog and being able to communicate with thousands of beautiful people who are deeply engaged with me online that make me feel #GandangWalangHiya! #Myra
- Marinella Pulitano, Product & Graphic Designer and Model
As many other fashion designers, I aim to have my own clothing line. However, I have had this constant struggle. Do I stay true to my style and risk getting untoward reactions or do I make designs in line with the current trend which people will likely appreciate? You'll notice that my style is more on the classic side with a feminine touch. The kind of wear which I believe every woman needs to have in her closet.
One's clothing style is not something that you come up with. I believe that one's style evolves and is closely associated with one's persona. Thus, presenting my designs to the world is identical to presenting myself. Initially, anxiety kicked in. Will people be able to relate with my pieces? Will people be able to relate to me?
The answer? Be #GandangWalangHiya! Be confident and believe in yourself. My designs are mine and my designs are me. They are how I express myself and they are what makes me feel 'me'. And I take pride in being me. #Myra
- Alyssa Laureola, Fashion Designer and Model
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There’s no shame in embracing your own beauty, in being comfortable in your own skin. The only person who can decide that you’re beautiful is YOU. And when you are confident in yourself, it can take you places. Dahil kapag naniwala ka sa sarili mo, maganda ang balik sayo.
That’s why Myra salutes women who are confident in themselves and in their beauty. Walang hiya? More like #GandangWalangHiya
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