Sofia Andres admits that she is guilty of comparing herself to others, particularly her batchmates in showbiz during her teenage years.
The ABS-CBN artist said she used to do this when she was still starting out as an actress. These comparisons—either by Sofia herself, by the netizens, or even the people around her—made her feel incredibly insecure about herself. But now, the 23-year-old is just glad that she was able to outgrow these insecurities.
Sofia recalled her experience in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press at the launch of her latest endorsement with Sooper Beaute last Wednesday, May 11, at Azumi Boutique Hotel in Muntinlupa City.
She said, "Nung una, before po talaga kasi siyempre ang daming maganda, ang daming mas, you know... I feel like wala akong maio-offer pa."
Instead of dwelling on her insecurities, Sofia worked on improving herself and boosting her self-confidence.
The La Vida Lena actress said, "There's always room for improvement, right? I think that's what I really did.
"It's a process. It's not like just an instant kasi for other people, they think di ba now and social media, with TikTok and everything, it's just easy to be... to find yourself."
Becoming a mom also helped Sofia care less about the opinions of other people. She continued, "But now that I became a mother, I think that's how I really realize that I just found myself.
"This is me, di ba? Parang I don't care about anything, like, any other people, kung ano yung mga sinasabi nila. I don't listen to other people anymore kasi nakaka-stress lang. And life is short."
Asked for a piece of advice she can share to teenagers who are going through the same experience, Sofia reminded them of the power of self-love.
She said, "You just have to focus on yourself because people nowadays... they always compare themselves to other people, which is not really healthy.
"And that's what I did to myself. I just focused on myself, my goals, and the rest will follow."
*This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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