Social media pages are witnesses to how celebrity witch hunts are a pastime favorite. Be it in person, on TV, or on the Internet, these public figures tend to receive backlash daily, sometimes even over the most smallest of reasons.
Society assumes that since their openness to scrutiny was willed, that they no longer merit the rights accorded regular human beings.
In that case, hesitation is not new to anyone. Believe it or not, even the most confident-looking personalities suffer from self-doubt, which can spring from fears of not ticking society’s boxes of expectations, of losing their following or their career in the process of expressing who they are behind the glamour.
Heart Evangelista-Escudero, Nadine Lustre, Kathryn Bernardo, Gabbi Garcia, and Ylona Garcia might be the people off the top of your head of show-business people exuding blinding confidence.
But in reality, just like any other woman, they are presented with events that shape them to their core. How do they overcome these? Will they take a step forward to see what happens?
An awaited stage has been arranged by Pond’s to gather these self-embracing women, to openly share about their hesitations, and what urged them to be fearless in facing these.
Nadine Lustre shared the trials that come with repressing one’s true identity. Leaping from the 'sweetie pie' guise to the now edgy and daring persona did not simply fall on the style icon's lap. As it came to be, Lustre stopped wondering and took on her fears headstrong.
"I'm just gonna do whatever I want. I'm gonna be happy. And as long as I'm not hurting anyone or stepping on anyone's toes, I'm good," Lustre said.
She also discovered how powerful self-talking can be: "When you start to doubt yourself at the beginning of the performance, you're gonna fail. If you tell yourself that you're gonna fail or that you're gonna mess up this performance, you're gonna mess it up. So before you go on to that stage, before I go on stage, I always tell myself: 'You can do it,' 'You got this.'"
Gabbi Garcia, on another end, toils to make herself stand out in an already long list of outstanding actresses. Acceptance and a support system are two of her valuables.
"I feel like acceptance is a big key in our lives. If you accept everything about yourself, your flaws, then it won't be a flaw anymore. If we're all the same, and if we fit in the standards of society of being beautiful, being talented, then what makes us unique?"
It is through venturing into another arm in entertainment, which is singing, that Garcia decided to infiltrate the already-saturated acting industry. And this was also where she was enlightened by the advantages of having a healthy support system who will stand by you no matter what.
"Don’t hesitate to ask for help, for prayers, and for opinions. Listen to people you trust and ignore all the bashing," she said.
For Heart Evangelista-Escudero, the visual media artist shared how at one point, she almost lost everything. She thought people didn’t want her in the industry anymore, so she took some time off from the spotlight.
"But when you get to that point, that's the only time that you realize that it was needed – that you needed to lose everything to actually put things together, start again, reset, and just build your life one by one," she said as she segued to her gusto for painting.
"I didn't paint because people told me to paint, I didn't paint because I had to, I painted because that’s what I wanted to do and I did that for my soul, for myself. And when I started to do things for myself, it just changed the story for me totally."
Clearly, what people see now on both Evangelista-Escudero's acting and artwork is beaming pride polished by resilience.
Being a teen and the lineup's youngest, Pond's newest ambassadress Ylona Garcia talked about the troubles of adolescence that may be familiar to all. “
"We go through some stages in life and especially when you’re a teen, you’re overwhelmed with these emotions. And you don't know what you can do with it. You don't know who to trust… you get confused," she said regarding obstacles in her pursuit of her passion as a performer.
But one has to just choose wisely, she said.
"You just gotta make sure that whatever decision you make, it's something that you're ready to spend the rest of your life accepting and living with. Just make sure that if you choose it, it's what speaks to you."
To cap it off, Box Office Queen Kathryn Bernardo, conveyed the dread in the overall process of her film with Alden Richards, "Hello, Love, Goodbye," the latest addition to her line of film hits.
"I told myself at the start of this year, that this year will be about growth. And I’m just really proud of myself with everything that’s happening right now. If I had said 'No' to this opportunity, maybe this would've been the biggest regret of my life. Change is scary but it is necessary," said the superstar, recalling how initially worried she was about the public's reaction.
"Always choose to be strong," Bernardo said, advising everyone to stand up and try again until they are able to make their dreams come true.
By filtering the positive from the negative, the esteemed actress was able to detect the encouragement she has all along been yearning for.
Despite talent, affluence, potential, and success, no one is exempted from the ordeal of overwhelming self-doubt. It is how you face it that matters, and what will truly make the difference.
Just like Heart, Nadine, Kathryn, Gabbi, and Ylona, you too can face your hesitations and #SeeWhatHappens.
The #SeeWhatHappens movement is one approach under Pond’s Purpose, to affirm that despite talent, affluence, potential, and success, no one is exempted from the ordeal of overwhelming self-doubt. It is how you face it that matters, and what will truly make the difference.
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