Nadine studies the script before a ‘take’ for her Cream Silk TV commercial: One of the brand’s seven Modern Filipinas

Nadine beautifully transformed
FUNFARE - Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) - December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

At 24, Nadine Lustre is one confident young woman not bound by expectations and stereotypes. A singer before she rose to fame as an actress via the 2014 romantic comedy movie Diary ng Panget, she is not afraid to speak her mind (Come on, guys, she noted, “It’s 2017 and…” Isn’t there really anything wrong with living-in?). She follows her passions with fervor, and follows her heart without fear. 

But not many people know that Nadine used to be insecure about herself. She used to sweat the small stuff, worrying about the things she had no control over. She admitted to being a people pleaser, who would do anything and everything just to gain the approval of the public, including her bashers.

“With my line of work as a celebrity, sometimes sa isip namin na ‘Oh shoot, we have to please everyone, you have to make everyone happy,’ ganyan, ganyan,” she said.

Those days are over, bless her!

Ever since she realized that the only ones she needed to please were herself and the people that truly matter in her life, Nadine has stopped worrying about what others would think and say about her.

“With me kasi, I only want to please people who really believe in me, who really accept me for who I am. It’s about being able to show everyone kung sino talaga ako and not being afraid na ma-judge ako. Or na may masabing masama sa akin ’yung mga tao.”

Nadine is considered by leading hair care brand Cream Silk as one of its seven Modern Filipinas who worked hard to transform into the best version of herself.

“If you learn to conquer your doubts and fears, good things would come into your life. Be yourself and then conquer your fears,” advised Nadine. “That’s how I found myself and stopped thinking about what other people would think, stopped thinking about being scared. When I stopped thinking about these things, du’n ko mas nakilala ’yung sarili ko. From time to time, I would still encounter people who would tell me that I am not good enough. But you know what, it doesn’t hurt me anymore.”

What kind of diet do you follow?

“None. I don’t really deprive myself of the food that I want to eat. I think the secret is you just take everything in moderation. The more you deprive yourself of, say, a certain dessert, the more you crave for it.”

What’s usually for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

“I always like to have a hearty Pinoy breakfast, especially since breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day. For lunch, I would eat whatever I feel like eating. For dinner, I’d go for steak. Nothing beats a good steak to cap off a busy day.”

Any snacks between meals?

 “If I don’t like to feel heavy, I’d have some salad or a sandwich. Salad kasi would make you feel full but not heavy. For me, it’s the perfect meal to stave off hunger pangs in between big meals. Plus, it’s easy to pack and eat whenever I have location shoots.”

What workout do you do?

“Since I don’t follow a strict diet, bumabawi ako sa workout. During my spare time, I do boxing, cardio, weight-lifting and TRX, which helps improve my core, balance, flexibility and strength. TRX is an intense workout, but you only use your body weight in doing several exercises. Plus, you don’t have to go to the gym because you can do TRX anywhere.”

Any other part of your body that needs improvement?

“Siguro more on toning na lang. I don’t intend to bulk up or have super big muscles. I want leaner arms, stronger legs.”

What part of your body is most vulnerable?

“I think arms. That’s why I love doing TRX because it’s a combination of cardio and strength training. It also allows me to do exercises meant to strengthen the arms. Plus, TRX has upper-body exercises that help make the arms look a lot sexier.”

What part of your body is your favorite?

“My legs. I read somewhere that the legs are the sexiest part of a woman’s body. And I agree. There’s something sensual about a pair of shapely, well-defined legs. And I would like to believe that my legs are sexy, too. Hahahaha.!!!”

What part of your boyfriend James Reid’s body is your favorite?

“Every part!”

Any health regimen that you follow?

“Like I said, I don’t stick to any form of diet. Yes, I do get to relish food items that health buffs would usually avoid, but I also watch what I eat. One can’t have too much of anything. Kasi at some point, if you’re careless, these sinful food would take a toll on your health.”

Favorite food?

“Steak. The steak kasi is a good source of protein, especially when I’m trying to cut back on carbs and trying to lose weight. It can help you feel full. But you have to watch out which cuts you’re getting because some cuts are very high in fat and calories. I eat it in moderation lang.”

How much sleep do you get per night?

“As much as possible, I try to get seven to eight hours of sleep. Sleep is important because it helps me recharge after a super- busy day and it allows my muscles to rest and recover after doing intense exercises.”

Favorite sleepwear?

“Nighties. They’re comfy and they allow my skin to breathe.”

Do you snore?


Do you talk in your sleep?

“Yes. Di ko lang alam kung ano ang sinasabi ko. Hahahaha!!!”

How many pillows do you sleep with?

“Plenty. Para kahit aling side ako matulog, may pillows na nakapalibot sa akin. Aside from the comfort, the pillows give me the right amount of support and keep me comfortable at night.”

Last thing that you do before you go to sleep?

“Check my phone. Sometimes, I would browse Instagram because I like looking at beautiful photos. I also check my messages. It has become a nightly habit for me to check my schedule for the next day before shutting my eyes.”

And the first thing that you do as soon as you wake up?

“Wash my face and brush my teeth.”

How do you cope with stress?

“When the demands and stresses of showbiz get a little too much for me, I would book a ticket and travel. Kahit maiksi lang. Traveling helps me take my mind off of showbiz. It helps me clear my head and put things into proper perspective again. Traveling keeps me sane. Hahahaha!!!”

Favorite city?

“Tokyo. There’s something about the cosmopolitan city that fascinates me. I love their food, their culture, their people, their weather! Since I also love photography, Tokyo has a lot of interesting places that inspire me to take out my camera and just snap away.”

Aside from James, three other men that you find sexy/attractive?

“Tom Hardy, Chris Pratt and Chris Pine.”

Using only body language, how would you make a guy know that you admire him?

“None. If a guy is good at reading women, I don’t have to do a   nything extra.”

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