Filipina model to walk at Pulp Fashion Week Paris

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) — Model Kat Gumabao will be the only Filipina at the Pulp Fashion Week Paris this year, and she will prove that sexy is not a size.

"I'm super excited about it... I'm not gonna lie, I'm really nervous. It's the first time I'm gonna be in Europe. And I'm gonna be alone," Gumabao shared on CNN Philippines' The Source.

Pulp Fashion Week will be held from September 30 to October 1. The event, which is in its fifth year, aims to "[put] different silhouettes in the spotlight," according to its website.

The 29-year-old model had her international debut when she participated in the first plus size show in Melbourne Fashion Week in Australia last year.

"It was the first time I was in a room with more than a hundred women, and they were naturally, authentically, genuinely celebrating everyone there," Gumabao said.

"Sabi ko [I said], 'Lord, it's something I want to bring back home.'"

While she expressed hope that she could help bring awareness to body positivity in the Philippines, Gumabao also noted that it was natural for Filipinos to remark on others' weight.

"Sa atin lang acceptable yung you see someone for the first time in a long time, 'Uy, tumaba ka,' 'Uy, pumayat ka ['You got fat!' 'You got thin!']!'" she said. "In other countries, that's a no-no."

She also recalled that while she initially struggled with her weight and tried different types of diets and exercise, "nothing worked."


However, Gumabao works out regularly and even dabbled in volleyball and swim team varsity when she was in school.

"I became good with myself only five years ago... I was 24," said Gumabao, who added that she "never saw weight as a hidrance to talent."

She said that the important thing was to stay healthy and "be physically able to do the things I wanted to do."

"My advice to everyone is as long as you know you are happy, and you're in a healthy state physically, mentally, and emotionally, then I think you're good to go," Gumabao advised.

"And just to chase your dreams, no matter how big and audacious they are-just to go for it, because like my aunt told me before, the worst thing they can say is no. You have nothing to lose," she said.