Jessy Mendiola-Manzano just turned 31. And to celebrate, the beautiful mom of one shared a video on her Instagram celebrating the occasion and herself.
Jessy, wearing black oversized pants and a jacket, a black bra, and sporting red lips, is beautiful and sexy in the video. She’s posing, dancing to the music, and obviously comfortable in her own skin.
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The comments on the post are all appreciative and supportive. Her husband, Luis Manzano said, “I love you, and WOW.” Celebrities Carla Abellana, Vina Morales, and Alexa Ilacad all commented, “Ganda” and “Gorgeous” with birthday greetings. As of writing, the said post has 48,000+ likes.
Jessy, however, highlighted one comment in her IG stories. It reads:
“[Hindi na] bagay [sa iyo] ganyan. [May] Peanut [ka na]. Masagwa tingnan.”
The comment seems to call her out on her video, implying that her clothes, poses, and even the entire video are unbecoming to her since she’s already a mother.
"Being proud of yourself and being comfortable in your own skin isn’t something to be ashamed of. Being happy with yourself DOES NOT make you a bad mom."--Jessy Mendiola
Jessy replied to the comment, saying:
“So kapag may anak [na], bawal [na] maging comfortable sa sariling katawan? Stop mom/parent shaming. It’s because of people like you kaya nahihiya mga ibang nanay maging comfortable at confident sa sarili nila. Just live and let live. Hindi ka naman inaagrabyado.”
Jessy also included text on her IG stories, saying:
“Just wanted to share this. Sana matigil na ang ganitong thinking dito satin.
“Asawa ko nga hindi na-offend eh. Ikaw pa kaya?
“Us moms are allowed to be confident and happy in our own skin. Let us be. We can be comfortable with ourselves and be a mom too. Isa lang sa roles namin ang pagiging nanay. Sana mas dun tayo sa wag kalimutan din ang sarili natin kahit nanay na.”
On Facebook, Jessy also captioned the post with:
“Share ko lang to para sa mga tulad ko na mommies. Kung masaya ka sa katawan mo at sa sarili mo, wala ka dapat ikahiya. Being proud of yourself and being comfortable in your own skin isn’t something to be ashamed of. Being happy with yourself DOES NOT make you a bad mom.”
Support from other moms
The comments on her Facebook post replying to the said comment were all supportive of her stance of moms being comfortable in themselves and their bodies.
Netizens' comments on her post include:
“Agree Ms. Jessie. If we have kids, [it] doesn’t mean na titigil na tayo sa pag-aalaga sa sarili natin. Life balance kumbaga. Women should motivate women, hindi iyung kapwa gender pa natin ang hihila sa atin pababa just because iba ang mindset nila. Love yourself first para mashare mo din [iyung] pagmamahal na iyon sa nakapaligid sa iyo.”
“And what’s wrong with that? Not because [we’re moms] it doesn’t mean na hindi na pwede.”
“Super true! Walang mali sa pag-aayos ng sarili kahit nanay ka na.”
“Exactly! This is the ‘culture’ na kailangan putulin and I will stand by it as a new mom.”
As of writing, her Facebook post replying to the said comment has 10,000+ reactions and 700+ comments.