Have you ever been told that you are not good enough?
Multimedia Princess Nadine Lustre and Philippines bet on Asia’s Next Top Model Maureen Wroblewitz are both popular in their chosen career tracks. Nadine has been hailed this year’s sexiest woman in the country by FHM magazine despite not having posed as their cover girl. Maureen was declared winner of Asia’s Next Top Model Season 5 and is the first Filipina to win the title. For them, the road to success was not easy. They had to work hard and endure constant bullying from the people around them.
Bullying is the repetitive use of power to intimidate or harm a person physically, verbally, emotionally, or mentally. It can take place anywhere—house, school, streets, and even on the internet. Cyberbullying has been a nagging issue in the society ever since the digital era came to rise.
In an ad for one of her endorsements, Nadine shared how people used to tell her that she won’t make it. She often gets comments like she’s not pretty, she’s way too ordinary, and she often gets compared to many girls. The actress had to tolerate her bashers in social media everyday.
Similarly, Maureen got bullied by her competitors in several episodes of AsNTM. She was told that she’s just “a pretty face with no skills” and that she doesn’t deserve to be a part of the competition because there are more talented models than her.
However, the lovely women didn’t let these words get to them. Nadine tuned out those who didn’t have anything good to say. Instead, she improved herself. She felt better by taking care of herself, which made her feel confident and beautiful. Likewise, Maureen didn’t let the other contestants bring her down. She used her inexperience as an advantage and proved them wrong by claiming her well-deserved title.
Both of them worked hard to achieve what they want. They got stronger because of the rocks that people throw at them. Nadine and Maureen, both beautiful in their own ways, rose above their bullies and become who they are today.