Jesaaelys Ayala surprised her followers when she shared this pic. 1
The shock didn't come from being pictured next to Bruno Mars. It was because she was unrecognizable. Today Daddy Yankee's youngest daughter is an Instagrammer with nearly 300,000 followers, and pics these days show a very different woman.
"It's me, really," Jesaaelys captioned this pic. 2
She explained: "I honestly have never taken the time to share with you one of my biggest and important accomplishments in my life."
Jesaaelys Ayala was always precious. 3
She was born on June 22, 1996, when her famous dad released his first studio album, No Mercy.
Despite that, Jesaaelys Ayala was always a beautiful young lady. 5
This photo was taken on Mother's Day 2013 when she was 16.
Here's Jesaaelys Ayala's graduation pic. 6
She was almost 18 years old and looked beautiful and radiant, but today we know she wasn't happy with herself. That year Daddy Yankee revealed he had diabetes and that his two daughters also had health issues.
"I have a daughter with diabetes and another with hypertension," the singer revealed.
Here she is in 2016 on Thanksgiving. 7
Jesaaelys is wearing glasses and a striped shirt. This is the year she became determined to turn things around.
She was motivated by getting healthy and feeling comfortable in her own skin. 8
She made a promise to herself and began her weight loss journey. "Losing weight is NOT EASY," the 22-year-old has said. "Food is another type of drug, unfortunately. It's not easy being overweight. I didn't feel right, my self-esteem was so low, I didn't want to look at myself in the mirror, I didn't want pictures taken of my entire body... I didn't like who I was," Jesaaelys shared.
This is one of the pictures where she seems to be at her heaviest. 9
"It was so hard and I even cried out of frustration because I had attempted to lose weight so many times and nothing worked. I was told I weighed 227 lbs. [and] I decided to change my routine and watch what I ate," Jesaaelys shared on Instagram.
She looked like this in less than a year! 11
"Above all, I received so much support from my family and they helped motivate me until I reached my goal," she said. This is so important. If her community had not been supportive, this journey would have been so much more difficult.
By October 2017, you could see a dramatic difference. 12
"It's not easy to get your body used to a new and different routine because it requires time. If you're reading this and are in a similar situation, I want you to know that I understand what you're going through and that this journey is not easy," Jesaaelys wrote. In other words: There are no miraculous shortcuts.
She didn't stop until she achieved a healthy and strong body. 13
"You can't see the changes on a daily basis but we can do this," she said. She's proof that it's doable.
Exercise has been so important. 14
"Love youself completely, accept yourself. Accept your body and all of its flaws because WE ALL HAVE THEM," she affirmed. It's great advice. If we love our body, we will want to take care of it and ensure that it is healthy.
Here's how she looked on her 22nd birthday. 15
Her impressive change is due to her determination, strength, her growing love for her body and the support that surrounded her.
Her comfort in her own skin led her to explore other interests. 16
She now publishes pictures of herself showcasing different makeup looks.
Jesaaelys has also fallen in love with fashion. 18
She should show off her body and the work that she's put in.
Daddy Yankee's daughter has fought for herself. 19
She feels gorgeous and wants to help others.
Her message of self-love and empowerment is an important one. 20
"Never feel inferior to someone because of their 'beauty' because at the end of the day 'beauty' is relative," Jesaaelys wrote. What is not relative is the importance of being healthy and loving ourselves. Thank you for being such an inspiration, Jesaaelys! Without a doubt, Daddy Yankee and Mireddys have done a great job as parents. Congratulations to all!