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FACE OF THE PHILIPPINES DELEGATE MAKES THE TOP 10 CUT

Those legs are meant for the runway!
Image source: Facebook

Asia New Star Model Contest – the competition that shows the diverse Asian beauty scouted representatives from the corners of the biggest continent through their respective networks per participating Asian countries. Last October 2016, the winners from the Face of Philippines S2 were selected from hopefuls. Along with the handpicked candidate, they were flown to South Korea this May 2016 to compete to the said contest.

A face made for beauty. Kathlyn is giving her 101% for this backstage photo
Image source: @faceofthephilippines

As a clear stand out though her obvious sky scrapper height, Kathlyn Asuncion has been an early favorite even in the rounds of local fashion shows. The girl doesn’t have to try hard as she is born with feline-like gaze straight from the 50s era. Continuously booking jobs for two seasons on Manila Fashion Festival became her training ground to build her confidence more and live in accordance to demand of her high heels. Aside from her hard work, her ever-supporting family are always there to witness her glide with the pros and give life to the theatrics of the shows. Fast forward to May 2016, she and other delegates from the Philippines jet set to South Korea to battle it out step-by-step with the delegates from other Asian country.

Kathlyn walking for Randy Ortiz in Manila Fashion Festival F/W 2016
Photo by Blessthemodels.com

Walking with all her collected gears through months of experience, Ms. Kathlyn impressed the crowd and finished at top 10. It’s just months since she started submerging herself to the actual fashion scene, but we are puzzled if it is still appropriate for her to be called as newbie, knowing that she works like she’s been doing this for years. She may have not grabbed the number one spot, but her experiences and her potential is more than just number one. A big congratulatory hugs to you and your fellow FOP delegates.

Bless the models!

Ben.

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MODEL SPOTLIGHT – JAKE VILLUMSEN

Photo from Art Personas Management

The local fashion scene in the Philippines is also a breeding ground for new faces. Joining the catwalk cliques of the established ones may be a tough challenge for an inexperienced one. Success doesn’t just rely on looks and hard work. Reality is, everything should happen on the right timing, demand and opportunities. For a newbie, the game is just get noticed and book more, or get lost and be forgotten. As one of the models would say – “You really have to hustle”.

Jake in action. Walking for Mark Tamayo on Manila Fashion Festival F/W 2016.
Photos from StyleBible.ph

From the pool of hundreds of models who attended the open call, one lucky guy who just recently signed up with Art Personas Management made us recap the meaning of the law of attraction. The Danish-Filipino mix gave birth to Jake, whose height and killer brows would speak as runway ready. He was welcomed by the agency heads (Mr Ronnie Cruz, CEO of Art Personas and his wife, Ms Sara Kae) and has easily made friends with the other models because of his friendly nature.

Look who’s working?
Photos from zalora.com.ph

Being lined with aircraft technology as his education, we have seen him applied the same theory of being fly when he walked the F/W 2016 season of Manila Fashion Festival. Due to his prior commitments, he only stayed for the first day despite other bookings. We even overheard someone saying “Please just stay here and do more shows”. Mr Villumsen was discovered by Casting Director –Junel Quinones and though having a new career, he has to juggle lots of stuff before catching his flight- fittings; Zalora lookbook shoot for Mark Tamayo & Chris Diaz; actual runway show, and the whole waiting game for the show preparation. Before he packed his bags, he shared some of his time for a quick chat.

No bad angle. He works that backstage photo like a pro.
Photo from megastyle.com.ph

B: What excites you about modelling?
J: The people in front of you, cause even though you can’t see them because of the lights, you just walk and focus on the cameras.

B: So how did you prepare for your first runway show?
J: Ms Sara, she thought me how to walk through a workshop in Art Personas. After that, wherever I go I just practice walking even just on the streets.

B: How does it feel walking on the runway?
J: Well, in the backstage I’m not yet nervous. I feel excited, but when I’m walking its like black out and go straight.

B: What do you think is your trademark as a model?
J: Maybe my right ear. It’s a bit smaller than the left one (laughs).

B: Do you have any dream job other than modelling?
J: It’s the course that I took – fixing aircraft. I also studied bar tending in Thailand. But that is just my hobby, I just want to learn.

B: How about your goals in modelling?
J: I never thought that I could be a ramp model til I was discovered. During wardrobe fitting I had a brief talk with Mr. Jackie Aquino, the shows Director and he welcomed me to the modelling world and to the Art Personas family also. With that, I am forever grateful to them. I realized that modelling is not only glamour, the lights, make up but also the hardworking and good people behind it. That inspires me to love and do my best at least to fit in to the industry and become one of the best male models around. (laughs)

B: What do you miss about your life before modelling?
J: Haircut. Before, you can do anything to your hair or something. Right now, you need to ask your agent first if it is okay. Like the past few weeks, I wanted to have my hair cut but my agent said no because you have a look book shoot, and i need to look the same on the runway.

B: Has walking Manila Fashion Festival changed your style?
J: Yeah. Before I don’t like colourful stuff. Now I managed to walk with it around. I feel comfortable now walking in any clothes.

B: Despite of your busy schedule lately, how do you find time for yourself?
J: If there is no show, I just ask my friends what’s the set up if you’re going out? I wanna’ join you guys. I’m also travelling back and forth in Denmark.

B: How do you see yourself here say after 5 years?
J: I want to see myself working in airlines and maybe as a model at the same time.

B: How do you manage stress whenever you are preparing or the actual show?
J: Just relax and do what I had prepared

B: What was your dream before becoming a model?
J: When I was a kid, I have a lot of dreams. Like becoming a doctor, being a pilot. Now I realized, I enjoy more on fixing stuff so I studied aircraft mechanics.

B: If you can trade your life with a fellow model? Who is that and why?
J: Maybe Daniel Matsunaga. Since he has good looks and is confident when walking on the runway, just having fun.

Bless the models!

Ben.

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PREVIEW MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 – SPIRITED AWAY

PREVIEW MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 – SPIRITED AWAY

Photographed by Roy Macam
Styled by Andre Chang
Produced by Janey Aniban.
Makeup by Omar Ermita for Shu Uemura.
Hair by Mong Amado.
Nails by Nail Spa.
Model: Alexa Bergen of Elite Manila.
Assisted by Teresita Gabat and April Lozada

Note: Images are copyright from their owners

Bless the models!

Ben.

 

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PREVIEW MAGAZINE – FEBRUARY 2016 ISSUE

Magazine (1st) and digital (2nd) cover. Images from Preview Magazine Facebook

2015 has been declared as the year of Kelsey as magazines cant get enough of the rising model. The 19 year-old sealed the year-end issue (Dec 2015 – Jan 2016) issue of Candy magazine and it doesn’t stop there. Her cover star charm allured the editors of the country’s Style Bible – Preview Magazine. All the single fashionistas (and even the committed ones) are totally in tears for two reason – One, the cover is a “promspiration” with a high fashion taste; two, getting all the boys on top of her credentials is dead-ringer envy moment – that even some us are still under pressure looking for that valentine’s date.  Even with all the good-looking men surrounding the Wilhelmina model, all eyes are still with the lady with the perfect pout.

Don’t you just wish that some of our tacky prom photos during our junior and senior life would look cover-worthy like these? The love month really has something for us fashionistas to make our hearts beat and make our knees weak, with our without a date.

Photographed by BJ Pascual
Styled by Daryl Chang (Kelsey) and Loris Pena (Iñigo, Jeron, Derrick, Ruru, LA, and Andre)
Art Direction by Vince Uy

Note: Images on this post are copyright from its owners. 

Bless the models!

Ben.