Enchong Dee talks about the real meaning of masculinity.
Even though he is confident walking the runways in his underwear this year, Enchong Dee admitted there was a time he felt insecure about his body growing up. “When I was younger pero lahat naman atang mga bata pinagdadaanan yun na meron ka talagang baby fat. Pero I’ve been active ever since. So it was easy for me at the same time. When I was a kid, mga eight or nine years old meron akong bilbil dati talaga. Now proud ako na wala na siya masyado (laughs),” he shared during the Men’s Club by Avon fashion show event.
Enchong said that the modern definition of being manly has evolved. “I think masculinity now is all walks of life. Kumbaga yung understanding natin ng gentleman na-stuck sa image ni James Bond for the longest time. We’re not discounting on that understanding but at the same time every generation has a certain diversity, there’s a certain variation of being a lady and being a gentleman. Kaya ‘pag nakita niyo lahat ng mga models ngayon it’s different ‘di ba? We cater to all, no matter what color you are, no matter what gender you are, no matter what religion you are. It’s all different now. There’s acceptance and there’s variation,” he explained.
More than just having muscles and abs, Enchong said he tries to embody being a gentleman inside and out. “A modern gentleman definitely has kindness. Yung marunong kang makisama kahit mababa man yung kinatatayuan ng isang tao or malayo man yung naabot ng isang tao. It doesn’t matter as long as you know how to treat them properly and treat them with kindness,” he said.