How Nadine Lustre Is Influencing Young Filipinos To Make Bold Changes

Let’s talk about a female celebrity who knows how to put her star power to good causes.

Describing Nadine Lustre as an actress, a millennial style icon, a trendsetter, and the new favorite face of big brands like H&M, Skechers, BYS, and many more is a complete understatement. When you have over 2 million followers on Facebook and almost 6 million on Instagram, the impact of social responsibility to influence becomes greater. Nadine Lustre is making herself accountable to speak about a few of the world’s pressing issues. And from that, she is a celebrity with a strong voice; who undeniably deserves her platform.

Her support for Greenpeace

Nadine Lustre recently joined The Rainbow Warrior’s Ship it Back tour, a global campaign aiming to target corporations (Nestlé, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Johnson & Johnson, etc.) that produce single-use plastic which pollutes the world’s oceans and increase the amount of waste for disposal.

According to Greenpeace Philippines, communities often ask them;  “Why are you putting the responsibility of managing this waste on us, and not on the corporations that created it? Tell these companies to stop making it, and our waste problem is solved.”

Addressing rampant environmental issues and acting upon it is the responsibility of every single person on this Earth. And if awareness is coming from someone like Nadine Lustre who has a massive social platform, a movement like #BreakFreeFromPlastic reaches a wider audience. Showing support for an organization that urges single plastic use like Greenpeace is not exactly rocket science. The reason we are not hearing about this global issue enough is because only a few choose to speak about it. The visibility of plastic pollution in the Philippines has reached the point where it can no longer be ignored. Help stop plastic pollution by signing here.

She’s an advocate for Mental Health

“It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to feel pain. It’s okay to be vulnerable. We are made to have emotions. Don’t be afraid to let it out. Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch. I almost did it before and I’m so thankful that I didn’t do it, because If I did, I wouldn’t be living the life that I have now. Stay with us because life is beautiful,” Nadine captions on an Instagram post a few days after her brother’s death on October 8, 2017.

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It may come as a surprise to you but I have struggled with depression way back and still am to this day. I have days where Im just sitting in the tub, asking myself a lot of questions, confused.. I felt like I was just looking in someone else's life through a window. Feeling bad cuz I am not enough and everything that I do and will do will never be enough. Its not easy. I have days when I have to put a mask on, smiling, numbing myself from negative emotions, too often I have already mastered the art of hiding it, I bet, you never even noticed it. Im thankful that Im blessed to have a strong heart and clear mind. Family who will always be my strength. Friends who will always pull me up. Love who will always guide me. if you ever hit rock bottom, dont be ashamed of opening up to your loved ones. if anyone understands and cares about what you're going through, its them. You are who/what you say you are. If you think you're weak, you will be weak. If you tell yourself you are not worthy, you will be unworthy. But, if you say you're strong, you will be strong and If you tell yourself you can do it, you can do anything. The ONLY validation that you will ever need is one from yourself. If you're HEARTBROKEN, cry it out, okay.. and then STOP. Pick yourself up and dust it off. He/She ain't the last person on earth. Trust me when I tell you that you will find someone else… meant for you and who will better you. I didn't believe that before either, but here I am now. DONT EVEN think about hurting yourself or taking your life just because you want the pain and sadness to stop. ITS OKAY to be sad. ITS OKAY to feel pain. ITS OKAY to be vulnerable. We are made to have emotions. Dont be afraid to let it out. Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch. I almost did it before and Im so thankful that I didn't do it, because If I did, I wouldn't be living the life that I have now. Stay with us because life is beautiful. #KeepGoing ;

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While dealing with grief from her brother Isaiah’s death, Nadine chose to spread awareness of mental health and suicide. She still openly talks about such issues to this day. Her struggle and loss of a loved one is a reminder to family members that they should put each other’s mental health as a priority along with proper help from the government.

She’s a non-conformist of the Filipino-Mestiza standard

“Here in the Philippines, there’s always a comparison between mestizas and morenas. So just love the skin you’re in and be yourself. There’s no need to be embarrassed and be ashamed of our complexion. Everyone’s beautiful, no matter what color it is,” says Nadine.

Unfortunately, our country still glorifies ‘white’ skin and shames the natural Filipino brown skin. We even see other Filipina celebrities endorsing these whitening products both on television and social media, promising a visibly “whiter” skin in a short span of time. But other than the goal of wealthy corporations to basically earn heaps of money from people’s common insecurity, which they have deliberately created themselves, they are also perpetuating the age-old problem of white superiority in the Philippines. And Nadine Lustre was once a victim of this ridiculous beauty standard.

In an interview with Meg, Nadine reveals that she had people in the entertainment industry tell her she is  “too dark.” Feeling pressured by society, she felt the need to change her complexion too, “I used to listen to what they say about me. So I would take gluta, and use scrubs to make my skin fairer.”  Until she has subsequently learned to love and embrace her natural skin stating, “I’m naturally a morena. And I’m proud to say that.”

An independent woman who needs no man to find success

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Pasilip sa Ulan. #UlanTeaserPoster COMING SOON

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The Philippines have had initially laid their love team-seeking eyes on a morena beauty, who at the time has her name as the other half of the rising portmanteau, “JaDine.” After making her mark in the business industry of film, television, and music, she has proven herself to be an utter top-notch performance artist and businesswoman who can do it all.

Although Nadine Lustre earned her big break with James Reid, she is finally emerging independently in a new film, ‘Ulan’ without her love team partner. When the promising trailer of Irene Villamor’s ‘Ulan’ was released on February 8, the quality romance film like no other intrigued us of its brief visual representation of Philippine folklore creatures. With Nadine Lustre, stars Carlo Aquino and Marco Gumabao. We are yet to witness another milestone in Nadine’s career and find out what the mind-trickling trailer really means on March 13, 2019.

From “JaDine” to, now, being dubbed as the “Multimedia Queen.”  Her multi-faceted talent substantiates that she is not just the consort of James Reid. She is simply Nadine Lustre.

C’mon Guys, It’s 2019. Let’s all be like Nadine; a woman with a heart for true art but most notably, an advocate of humanitarian, environmental causes, and self-love. Share this post if you think Nadine Lustre is a woman to look up to!