Amanda on her new magazine cover: Strong is the new sexy

Paul Lintag on Aug 02, 2017 06:05 PM
Amanda on her new magazine cover: Strong is the new sexy
"Strong women are the new sexy and flaws are beautiful." --- Amanda Villanueva.

Former Adamson Lady Falcon and current Perlas Banko spiker Amanda Villanueva has taken her fight to portray women as strong individuals to a whole new arena.

Appearing in the latest issue of a men's magazine with actress Mara Lopez, Villanueva is the second volleyball player of recent memory to grace the cover behind the queen herself Rachel Anne Daquis.

 

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And Villanueva, who has transformed into a incredibly fit athlete with tight abs to match, only has one message with her appearance on the popular men's magazine.

The message is that "strong is the new sexy."

"I told FHM that I need to reflect a strong woman," Villanueva told ABS-CBN Sports on Tuesday during Freego's Hypernight.

"Strong women are the new sexy and flaws are beautiful. That's what I promote now. You can be sexy as long as you accept your flaws and believe that you are beautiful," she added.

During a time when women, for reasons we can't truly explain, still manage to get the short end of the stick, Amanda would like to help erase the stigma of women being supposedly inferior.

Because as we all know, that's just not true,

"I would like to inspire women, I know there are lot of studies now na parang women are questioning their capabilities as a woman, which should not be," she says.

"You neeed to embrace what you have in order to shine," Villanueva added.

In line with the whole strong is the new sexy theme, Amanda herself has embraced an incredible fitness regimen that has made her a model athlete, both in looks and performance.

However, she says that her regimen is not that all special. She just sticks to what works and what makes her feel good, everything from the actual workouts to her diet.

"I really work out, and I'm really focused in it. I think it's not about the diet, I just eat right, yun lang," she said, adding that she incorporates weight training on top of the obvious volleyball training.

"I eat fruits, vegetables, grilled meat, and tuna pasta. More on pasta, salads, yun lang naman, Kasi for me, it's just about looking good, it's about feeling good about yourself also," Villanueva added.

Ultimately, Amanda says that her appearing on the cover of a men's magazine is not about her turning into a sex symbol. It's about letting everyone know that women are not to be taken for granted from now on.

Actually, that should've been the case long ago.

"Dun sa direction of the cover and the content, it's mainly about sports. Ang sports, ano ba tagalog? Palakasan. So you need to be strong and you know, here in the Philippines they're just recognizing women's volleyball. Lately lang," she said.

"Now it's good na parang I'll be an instrument to promote that women are strong and we're independent, and we can do so much more as long as we believe in ourselves," Villanueva added.

 

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