Rabiya Mateo presents her bare face for social media to see. The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 posted it on both her Instagram and TikTok. To be honest, she should be the role model of every little kid. And yes, for both boys and girls alike.
Rabiya Mateo showcases her bare face on a social media post
Acnes, blemishes, and stretch marks remain among the things that the human body often experience. However, people often look down upon in our society. Almost every person feels insecure about it. Because of the societal standard that everyone should be flawless. The truth is: it became an impossibility to achieve this. The human body experiences changes that include different temperatures and climates. Also, your body has the design to produce these kinds of things, like a bark to a tree.
This impossible beauty standard has been presented to us in all kinds of media ever since we are kids until now. We are presented with heavily edited photos in magazines and carefully groomed celebrities on TV. Rarely is it encouraged to speak up about this.
Good thing that our Miss Universe 2020 contender, Rabiya Mateo, rightfully posted a video. On her Instagram post, she bared her face—showing us her beautiful features with no makeup. Here, she said:
I live in a cruel industry. I’m always compared to different girls. People have always something to say like, “You’re not beautiful enough. You’re so thin. I don’t like what you wear.” But then life is never superficial. It’s not always what’s attractive to our eyes but it’s the love we choose to build, the connection we make to people and how we want to celebrate ourselves!. This is the real me. No make up. No heavy hair extensions. Nothing fancy to wear. Just me. Even in my simplest form, I know in my heart I am nothing less than phenomenal.
In this post, she touched on the issues like how she was told that she is not beautiful enough or that she is too skinny. These corresponds to impossible beauty standards and body-shaming which should both be eliminated in our society. Even her who is usually considered conventionally beautiful are being told this kind of things. This toxicity stems from the standards set by every person. It is unattainable.
“But then life is never superficial. It’s not always what’s attractive to our eyes but it’s the love we choose to build, the connection we make to people and how we want to celebrate ourselves!” She talks about how individuals often view life as a neverending beauty pageant—a competition. Its rightfully highlighted on her post that it should not be like that. We should make I about our special connection with the people around us.
She ended her caption, saying that what she posted is the real her—no make up, no hair extensions and no fancy dress. The person in that video is the real her; she bared it all. “Just me. Even in my simplest form, I know in my heart I am nothing less than phenomenal.” It is a great way to show kids and adults alike that our raw selves alone is already beautiful. Even in our simplest state, we are phenomenal.
Rapha is a person born between the generations of Millenial and Gen Z. He was produced by Cavite State University (Main Campus) with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. The lad has a fresh take on things, but can still stay true to his roots. He writes anything in Pop Culture as long as it suits his taste (if it doesn't, it's for work). He loves to wander around the cosmos and comes back with a story to publish.