If you’re already a long-time reader, you know that I support Penshoppe’s different campaigns for how many years already but this is one that’s very close to my heart. Penshoppe #IAMDIFFERENT Anti-Bullying Campaign is very timely especially these days when it’s so easy to shame and bully anyone because of social media. It may not seem such a big deal to some but believe me, from a victim of bullying for how many times already, it is something that we should be concerned about.
I used to hate how big my eyes are, how I look, my body… almost everything about me while growing up. My classmates called me names. I’m a frog, tarsier, and all creatures that look ugly and have big eyes, and that’s why I’ve been dreaming to have those beautiful chinita eyes before. Sometimes they also laugh at me because of my height and body shape. The only thing that I’m holding onto? I was one of the top performers in school and very active in extra-curricular activities, so some of them respected me. Thinking I’m okay with that kind of setup, there was also a time that I got bullied just because I do good in school. Then I felt that I can no longer take the bullying and I don’t want to go to school anymore. That’s when my parents came to help.
I always share this whenever I give a talk about how I started as a blogger, youtuber, and professional makeup artist. Only few people know I almost gave up my dreams in life because the people around me made me think I’m not good enough. When I was in college, there was a group of people who keep pulling me down.
“She’s not beautiful, how come she’s a beauty blogger”… “You cannot make it!” … “You’re so trying hard to be beautiful”..
I felt like I want to give up. I thought, “Yeah, maybe they are right”. But when I cleared my head and my heart, I said to myself… Why will I let them dictate who I am? Why will I depend my future with what they label me?
To cut the story short, here I am today and you’re reading this blog. I took everything as a challenge. “One day you’ll see, you will all eat your words”.
I started to believe in myself because if I wont, who will? I embraced being different, being unique. I learned to love myself like no one else does. I trust what I can do and chase my dreams. I accepted that the road would be rough but nothing come easy. I dream big.
I joined women communities who aim to empower women and include that mindset in my goals in life. I help people overcome what I have experienced before through my own simple ways.
Thank you Penshoppe for this campaign. Bullying is one of the causes of depression that even some commit suicide. If you don’t have a strong support system, you’ll be on the verge of giving up. It is very important for us to stand for people who need us. To make them feel they are not alone and we are all in this movement to stop bullying.
Do you know that 1 out of 2 Filipino students have experienced or witnessed bullying in their schools?
You can show your support to this campaign just by purchasing your own #IAMDIFFERENT item from the collection. Proceeds will go to the development of a module that discourages bullying and encourages acceptance in public school children in partnership with Teach For Philippines.
Here are some highlights during the event.
Reading how people are so proud of themselves because they are different can help boost your own confidence. You won’t feel alone and you belong to this group that shares the same vision.
International and local Penshoppe ambassadors and celebrities show their support to #IAMDIFFERENT campaign. We have Bella Hadid, Lucky Blue Smith, Kaia Gerber, and Sandara Park among other big names. Our own ClubPenshoppePH is also game to stand against bullies, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, Sofia Andres, Tanner Mata, Maria Fabiana, and Emilio Perez.
Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag, SheTalks Asia co-founder Vicky Herrera, entrepreneur Patti Grandidge, singer/songwriter Keiko Necesario, and other local personalities also lent their voices.
“Being different is something to celebrate and be proud of, that’s why Penshoppe is truly committed to empowering the youth to embrace their individuality”, Jeff Bascon, Penshoppe’s Brand Director.
To know more about the campaign visit www.penshoppe.com. You can check the #IAMDIFFERENT collection and show your support at any Penshoppe store nationwide.
Let us all stand against bullying. Be the change.