Ka­t­rina Gum­abao

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Cosmo Contributors -

is one of “Cosmo’s 8 Sex­i­est mod­els” for 2016 (p.104) and the first plus Sized model to make the an­nual list. We pho­tographed her fresh from her stint at mel­bourne Fash­ion Week, where she walked the run­ways for sev­eral brands. “It was amaz­ing! It felt sur­real be­ing in a venue full of women cel­e­brat­ing each other with ut­most sin­cer­ity. The en­ergy was in­fec­tious— with friends, even strangers just throw­ing com­pli­ments at you left and right…com­ing from a coun­try where peo­ple look down on women of size, it was at first un­com­fort­able, but later on it be­came the best feel­ing ever…i just wished I could bot­tle the at­mos­phere there and make Filipinos drink it all in!” her dream sce­nario: “I can’t wait for our coun­try to em­brace the ad­vo­cacy and gen­uinely cel­e­brate each other—man, woman, dark- or light-skinned, ev­ery size, etc. That will be an amaz­ing time!”

on mak­ing it to the list, she says, “me­dia plays a huge role in how we per­ceive beauty, so I am very hon­ored and ec­static to be part of this ad­vo­cacy and equally happy that Cosmo has joined in as well. Cosmo has done amaz­ing things by cre­at­ing con­tent for women and men of all ages, and now for all sizes as well!” Kat wants all the peo­ple who will be read­ing this “to feel gen­uinely happy about them­selves—to be proud of who they are. I hope they learn to love them­selves more (so easy to say but so hard to do) and ac­cept them­selves for who they are and for who they’re not.”

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