To be honest, I never thought I’d even be modeling or acting growing up because I always thought it wasn’t possible for a plus size girl like me. But luckily, Eat Bulaga (a famous noon time show here in the Philippines) had a plus size beauty pageant in which I joined in. From reaching the Top 8, a few of us from the competition were pulled in to be regular talents in the show and that started the opportunities for me. I had a lot of exposure from the show and a few agencies asked for me to audition for some commercials and it started from there.
For modeling, my college professor started a plus size clothing line and saw me in Eat Bulaga, as well, so she hired me to model for her company and then other brands saw those photos, and it just kind of snowballed from there.
Do you have any favorite quote or mottos you like to use in life?
I really like the saying, “Those who matter won’t mind and those who mind don’t matter”. It just says a lot because it’s very true in a lot of ways. In the way I wear my makeup, clothing, or how my personality is, if those people really loved and cared for me, they wouldn’t really mind the shallow things like appearance.
And of course, I have an advocacy called #MagandaAkoPeriod, which means, “I’m beautiful, period.” I live by that now, because growing up I was always told that I’d be beautiful if I was like this, or looked like this, etc. So today, I just say, I’m beautiful, period.
How do you like to spend your weekends and free time?
I spend it with my loved ones. Whether it’s with my family, relatives or friends. I love spending time with people I care about, and vice versa, because it’s always time well spent.
You can, literally, do nothing and still have fun as long as you’re with good company.
Is there any food or drink you can’t live without?
I can’t live without salmon sushi. It, honestly, makes me so happy when I eat good Japanese food. It’s one of the things I’m worried about for when I get pregnant someday. I can’t eat raw food for nine months. Ahaha, it’s a legit concern of mine, as funny as it sounds haha.
If you could learn anything in this world, what will it be?
It’s that having an open mind/heart and respect for others is key to peace.
On a scale of 1-10, how much of a party animal are you?
I think I’m down to a 6/7 now that I’m older. I used to always want to go out, drink and have fun. I spent so much money on expensive clubs and alcohol, but now I prefer to chill, and have sit-down night outs with friends. It’s what we call “Tita-Mode” here. Haha
What do you not get about the opposite sex?
Well, I don’t know, because I think I’ve come to understand men more now that I’ve grown up. And quite frankly, I don’t bother to depict men with questionable actions anymore. Haha I just focus or move on to things that isn’t complicated now. Less stress, less wrinkles. haha
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Teena. One question before we end, how do you define sexy?
I think sexy is an attitude. You can not be what society defines as “sexy”, but still be because of your aura, personality or your wit, etc. It could, also, be how you bring yourself. It’s not always, necessarily, just about the physical appearance.
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