MANILA, Philippines – Following a botched cover appearance for a fashion magazine allegedly because of her dark skin, celebrity model Wilma Doesnt said she is happy that morena beauties are now finally being “embraced” by media.
“Before it happened sa isang magazine cover. Nalungkot ako kasi nabiktima rin ako nung magazine na ‘yon before,” Doesnt said during a press conference for her Playboy appearance.Doesnt, who appears topless on the April 2012 cover of Playboy magazine in the Philippines, recounted her brush with a publication which she claimed pulled her planned appearance on its cover because of her complexion.
“Pinag-shoot nila ako – isang maputi, isang maitim. Tapos ang katwiran nila, baka raw ‘di mabili ‘yung [issue] na ako ‘yung cover because I am dark.”
Her failed appearance on the magazine affected her confidence as a model, Doesnt admitted, but this didn't stop her from pursuing her goals.
“Hindi masama ‘yung loob ko, kasi point of view nila ‘yun. ‘Yun lang, ‘yung feeling ko, wala pala akong market sa mga ganitong klaseng magazine. So ‘yun lang ‘yung naging feeling ko. Hindi naman nasiraan ‘yung loob ko na ipagpatuloy kung anuman ‘yung gusto ko mangyari sa buhay ko,” she said.
“That’s why nung nag-offer ang Playboy sa ’kin, ‘Huh, are you serious? Cover?’”
'Space' for dark-skinned beauties
Doesnt, who is now a mother of two, said the offer came at an opportune time.
She said she has, more than ever, become confident of her self-image.
“Una kasi na-lessen na ‘yung insecurities ko, mas mature na ako, mas komportable na ko sa katawan ko, tapos the fact na komportable rin ako sa photographer. ‘Yun ‘yung mga factors na nakatulong kung bakit lumabas siya ng ganito kaganda,” the model said.
Morena beauties recently graced covers of magazines, among them TV host Bianca Gonzalez and actress Iza Calzado for Esquire, and Lovi Poe for FHM.
Asked about these covers, Doesnt said: “I am very proud. At least ngayon ine-embrace na talaga ng mga magazines kahit na dark-skinned ka. Basta alam mo lang ang mga dapat mo gawin at ang limitasyon mo, you are welcome."
“So please ha, hindi lang mapuputi ang maganda i-cover sa magazine. ‘Yung mga maiitim din may space!”