- Denise Laurel took to social media to share the time when she experienced bullying from her peers
- The actress said that oftentimes, the object of their teasing and bullying was the shape and size of her lips
- She revealed that she has experienced being called names like duckie, mojacko, and arrow-lips
- Denise said she is sharing her experience to give courage and self-confidence to those who went through or continue to go through similar situations
Actress Denise Laurel took to Instagram to reveal that she has also experienced bullying from her peers.
According to the actress, the object of their bullying is her full lips and there was a time that she had to endure being called names like duckie, mojacko, and arrow-lips.
She recounted one particular moment during her first communion when kids mocked her for having full lips.
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“I still remember a lady from the photographers team kindly putting lipstick on me cause she said she liked my lips. Then some kids started making fun of me calling me duckie, mojacko, arrow-lips,” Denise wrote in her post.
In the photo that she uploaded on Instagram, one can see a young Denise waiting to have her first communion.
She said that moments before the photo was taken, she was fighting back tears and had wiped off her lipstick.
“For a while there, I had to learn how to talk and smile while folding my lips in ’til by God’s grace I embraced myself and stopped caring,” the actress said.
She revealed that even when she got older, it became difficult for her to get roles due to her “distracting” features.
“Sharing this to encourage you! There’s no such thing as normal. The fake standard of beauty changes every couple of years, fashion can be fickle or repetitive but their standard has nothing to do with you,” Denise wrote.
She then advised followers who are in similar situation like she was in several years ago to accept and embrace their features, as well as to be kinder to themselves.
“Enjoy them lips! Or your height, shape! Ilantad nyo na! It’s your one life! Their opinion can’t live your life for you! I love seeing people unapologetically themselves! Go!” Denise wrote.
Denise María Sanz Laurel, more popularly known in the showbiz industry as Denise Laurel, is a Pinay actress and singer. Both her parents came from strong political clans. On her father’s side, Denise’ bloodline flow directly from her grandfather, the late and former vice president Salvador “Doy” Laurel, as well as her great-granddaughter, former president Jose P. Laurel. On her mother’s side, Denise is the great-granddaughter of the former governor of Roblon and Palawan, Don Francisco “Paco” Sanz, and the great-grandniece of former president Manuel Roxas. She has carved her own path in showbiz and is best remembered for her roles in different TV soaps like ABS-CBN’s Hearts Romances series' Midnight Phantom and Kristine. She has also starred in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig, Annaliza, and Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita.
Several months ago, Denise shared on social media that she has gained 30 pounds more and took to Instagram to show the extra weight. Based on the caption, she is trying to convey body positivity telling everyone that it doesn't matter, which way the body will grow because it's still growth. She said that she has turned down a lot of projects and has been in a cocoon for months but now she is ready to get back to work and start a healthier lifestyle. Denise, who had an hourglass figure before, also noted that for the first time in 23 years, it feels good to relax.
About a year ago, she also opened up about how her cancer scare became a humbling experience and changed her life. According to the singer-actress, she maximizes her time now with her son Alejandro. As a single parent, "The Haunted" star also shared that she is preparing her child to be more independent and not be scared to live. It can be recalled that in 2016, Denise revealed that multiple lumps were found on her body.
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