The public has known Nadine Lustre as an empowered young woman, someone brave enough to create positivity out of whatever life throws down her way. But being able to gather such power and strength has not been easy for her. Insecurities triggered by adolescence added more to the struggle.
“It’s a long process. Growing up, I had a lot of insecurities. I had a lot of things that I wanted to change, physically. Feeling ko ang daming mali sa akin.”
Her biggest insecurity then was her skin color and this has gotten worse when she started to pursue a showbiz career. She remembers feeling small in a long line of aspirants dominated by mestiza girls during VTR auditions. Nadine’s self-esteem would always come crushing down and she started believing that fair-skinned women always get the role. “There was a point in my life na sinabi ko, ‘sana mestiza na lang din ako so I could get projects.’” Nadine has admittedly gone through the typical dilemma of splurging on skin whitening projects just to achieve her desired color, and ease the insecurities somehow.
There eventually came a time when Nadine realized that the only way to overcome these flaws is learn how to embrace them, and that’s exactly what she did. “And because I’m free from those insecurities and negativity, I have the power,” she says.
“I realized that I’m unique and no else has what I have, so I just have to be proud of it and embrace it,” Nadine’s statement which draws applause from the audience and Boy Abunda himself. “You’ve become one of the biggest young stars of today without having to change anything. What you are is beautiful,” Tito Boy tells Nadine.