A teenage Filipino-American ramp model found vacationing in the Philippines an effectively therapeutic way of dealing with her struggles growing up in the United States, no doubt the world’s most popular country of diversified populace.
Thirteen-year old Ammilyn Deita, a morena beauty born and raised in California, spent the past weeks in Manila, mingling with relatives she rarely sees in person. Her vacation, involving going around the metropolis and attending Pinoy-style gatherings, enabled her to address the emotional strain she’s battling with. No thanks to stress experienced from bullying of others her age and the peer pressure to fit in.
A straight A student, Ammilyn somewhat found herself adjusting hard to the pressures of being a millennial. A fact publicly accepted, today’s teenagers have to go through the puberty age with all the complications of modernized interconnectivity and digital-age norms.
“Everyone is very judgmental. At my middle school it is known that I model and in most times I’m expected to always look perfect,” lamented Ammilyn, an 8th grader who has been ramp modeling over the past two years.
Both her parents, Steve and Amelia, are pure Filipinos who, after getting married in 1996 at the Manila Cathedral, started raising a family in the US West Coast. Ammilyn has an older brother named Angelo who plays football.
While the onset of adolescence triggered bouts of juvenile insecurities and paranoia, the mild-mannered, relatively quiet girl still managed to excel in numerous forms. For one, she has been ballet and tap dancing for the past nine years.
Two years ago she began ramp modeling through the sponsorship of Kids Dream Design and Miss Philippines USA, both Los Angeles-based. She already has participated twice in a Fashion For A Cause occasion annually held in L.A.
Born in the town of Fontana, Ammilyn, a member of the student body and yearbook committee, further explained, “Modeling is tough. But the experience is very amazing. The whole process is cool to see in person instead of on TV or on social media. Before modeling I was just a scholar who danced.”
Ammilyn’s mom Amelia Deita, sister of a Filipino entertainment journalist, said of her daughter’s success at addressing her problems, “She’s a brave girl because she’s not ashamed of telling people of her emotional struggles being a teenager in the 21st century. I can say she is getting better through regular self-therapy coupled with the love and support of her family and friends. She also wants other people to learn from her own story.”
When asked if she’s open to trying it out in the Philippine modeling scene come her future visits, or if she’d rather pursue modeling in the international scene even past her teenage years, Ammilyn pointed out, “I’m very excited to see what I can teach others not only in the US West Coast but across the world. It’s very entertaining meeting new people and I hope to be a role model, someone to look up to.”
An eloquent, school leader, Ammilyn hopes to be more active in empowering other millennials to feel good about themselves and not be bogged down by the pressures of teenage life and the ever-watchful social media.
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