Chelsea Fernandez promotes body positivity

Published June 19, 2021, 5:00 PM

by Robert Requintina

Chelse Fernandez

Reigning Miss Bikini Philippines Chelsea Fernandez is helping make the world brighter by spreading body positivity as she admits that it’s difficult to maintain a sexy figure.

Despite her stunning curves, Chelsea revealed that she’s underweight for her age.

“Before Miss Bikini Philippines, I was very thin. I was underweight. I weighed 48 kilos last year,” said Chelsea, during an interview at the opening of Mango Tree Cafe in Greenhills Promenade, San Juan City last June 13.

These days, Chelsea is maintaining her current weight at 53 kilos after she put on a couple of extra pounds. Thanks to pageant gym coach Angelo Mendez who trained her online during the pandemic.

“I work out a lot and I eat more to gain extra pounds,” Chelsea said.

Chelsea, 21, of Tacloban City, was crowned Miss Bikini Philippines 2020 during a virtual show in February. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication major in broadcasting at Asian Development College. Prior, Chelsea was crowned Miss Earth Philippines Water 2019.

In school, Chelsea recalled the time she was criticized for being overweight.

“That’s the reason why I went on a diet in college. They said I was overweight. This time I was underweight. So I try to balance things so that I can have the proper weight for my age,” she said.

With these issues, Chelsea said she’s promoting body positivity to boost their confidence and self-acceptance.

“I think body diversity is beautiful. We should learn to love our bodies at any size,” Chelsea added.

At the opening of 5th Mango Tree Cafe, Eric Teng, president of Resto PH and Mango Tree Restaurants, invited food lovers to try authentic Thai food and dishes in the newly opened resto. 

Eric Teng, president of Resto PH and Mango Tree Restaurants, and Miss Bikini Philippines 2020 Chelsea Fernandez at opening of Mango Tree Cafe in Greenhills.

“Mango Tree is a brand from Thailand. There are Mango Tree restaurants in London, Tokyo, China, and Dubai. It’s an international brand.

“It opened in the Philippines at Trinoma Quezon City in 2010. So far, we have our biggest branch at the Bonifacio Global City launched in 2012.

“We want food lovers to experience Thai food and Thai culture in the Philippine market,” Teng said.

Teng also said that Mango Tree followed the rules of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) during the pandemic.

“We followed the rules as dictated by IATF. We have adjusted and adopted by following government rules,” he said.

Teng added: “Mango Tree is my favorite Thai restaurant in the world. I want to share our experience and agree with us. Mango Tree, Mango Tree Bistro, and Mango Tree Cafe continue to serve Thai food for dining and deliveries.”