A few days ago, we were asked in church to name one thing we liked about our body. A friend said her eyes were her favorite, another said her lips, and someone else said her hair. When it was my turn to answer, I said with confidence, “my complexion”. Then I was shocked. I stopped. I can’t believe I said that. I now love what I used to hate! I have been bullied many times for being dark-skinned. I wasn’t beautiful in the standards of many. I spent so much effort trying to have fairer skin: whitening creams, lotions, anti-UV umbrellas, papaya soaps, glutathione IV injections, and many more. Then I came to America, where beauty doesn’t have skin color as its standard. Ever since I lived here, I realized, most people would always want what they can’t have. Women in the Philippines would spend millions on skin-lightening products, while some pale girls in America would pay to get baked in tanning salons. I said to myself, I want to be different. I don’t want to be like them. I want to be someone who loves what I have and content with what I’m blessed with. So let me tell you this, always remember that whether you wish you are lighter or darker, there is always someone out there who wished they looked like you. Drop those insecurities. Forget what people have to say. Embrace what you have. Be proud of your complexion. Nothing beats beauty that radiates from within – the type of beauty that sparkles and shines with acceptance and security. #OwnYourSkinTone #BeautyIsMoreThanSkinDeep #MorenaLovin'