"I'm Flat-Chested But Still Fab": Chienna Filomeno Confidently Claps Back At Her Body-Shaming Critics
She didn't let the haters get to her.
Last weekend, the Philippines had one of its biggest fashion annual fashion events, the ABS-CBN Ball. And as expected, everyone and their grandma had opinions on the stars' ensemble, good and bad. Celebrity Chienna or Chie Filomeno received more than her fair share of bad comments.
The 22-year-old actress and model wore an elegant Boom Sason gown with a plunging neckline that showed off her slim figure. She completed the look with a messy ponytail and a sparkly smokey eye.
Even though she objectively looked amazing, it wasn't long before the body-shaming comments started pouring in.
She was criticised for being flat-chested and "too skinny". Some comments compared her figure to ironing boards. Others pointed out her visible sternum and asked why there was an x-ray image on the red carpet. One user even edited her photo to give her larger boobs, saying it was an improvement.
Chie, ever the trouper, didn't let the haters get to her. On Instagram, she shared a photo of herself mid-laugh, writing in the caption: "Flat man ko pero fab pa rin, dzaii." (Yes, I'm flat-chested, but I'm still fabulous.)
Chie Filomeno: "Every body is beautiful."
Some of the people criticising her body said that they were doing so not because they were body-shaming, but because they were concerned for her health.
But the thing is, just because someone's skinny doesn't mean that they're unhealthy. As a formerly very skinny girl, I know what it's like to have people you barely know grill you about your weight. Time and time again, I'd be told to eat more by people who barely knew me — people who had no idea just how much I could scarf down in one meal.
One time, a classmate asked me, with a concerned look on her face, if I was anorexic. I wasn't. I was just skinny. And being hounded about my weight didn't motivate me to lead a healthier lifestyle. It just made me feel like a freak, and that my body was ugly.
"Stop talking about fat or skinny women or men like their bodies are a tragedy," Filomeno wrote in a more serious statement on Twitter. "Their bodies are beautiful. Every body is beautiful."
Body shaming is not okay. It’ll never be okay. Not ever. pic.twitter.com/KxR7WjzXXR
— Chienna Filomeno (@ChieFilomeno) October 1, 2018
It's high time that society learns that healthy bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and that expecting and demanding everyone to look a certain way is counterproductive and often harmful. As Chienna wrote, body shaming will never be okay.