Please just keep doing you.
Don’t let these beauty standards tell you what to do.
Fuck those products that make your skin lighter,
I feel like this is something I need to address as a writer.
You don’t need products or surgery to change what you were given,
I wish you inner peace and accept the features you’ll forever live in.
However, I am not one to judge if you go down the surgery route,
But let’s be real we know what this epidemic is all about.
Society and culture tells you that you have to look a certain way,
These things were molded into our minds so young as if our brains were clay.
You’re confused as to why your family tells you to eat more, but will later throw it in your face,
And now you’re wondering why you stare in the mirror and look at your body like its a fucking disgrace.
You’re looking at the people on TV and can’t help but stare,
You’re stuck wondering if you’d feel better about yourself if you were fair.
Fuck that shit, let me say this once cuz I’m a lil’ fighter,
Those people want you to stay insecure and have you wish that your features were “whiter.”
The running joke is that of a Filipino’s nose,
Well let me tell you this, and this is how the new story goes…
I love my nose, my color, and all my Filipino features,
I’ll never deny my background, preachin’ like I’m a preacher.
There’s nothing more sad than discrimination from your own people,
They think if your “Filipino” don’t look the same as theirs then you are not their equal.
Growing up, I never saw people in shows that look like me,
I would get excited and feel pride when there was a known Filipino on TV.
When they repped Filipinos publically it made me even prouder,
So that’s why I’ll say this message again, this time even louder:
You are more than your outer beauty,
Educate, inspire, grow that brain, that’s your fucking duty.
Because when you do that, only then will you know,
They want you to stay insecure so they can sell you things, and damn now it shows!
My mission is to make it for the people that look like me,
I’m Filipina and I’m proud, and that’s the fuckin’ tea! 🐸☕