All in Beauty

Vega

“I’ve always been insecure of my stretch marks because of media beauty standards — fair skin, hourglass shaped bodies, head-turner make-up, toned butts. But I see that nowadays, there are a lot of campaigns where women are proud and they embrace their body, skin color, and where they just love themselves. I got moved and it got me asking, ‘Why am I insecure of things that make me... ME?’ Now I believe that I shouldn’t be insecure about my stretch marks because it’s something natural and it is something that defines me. I’m learning to love my tiger stripes and my body. So this is my progress in my own little way — coming to embrace and love myself. Everyday gains to refine me; I got these stripes to define me.” 

Gia of Fiesta Tours

“When I am most happy and confident, that's when I realize that I am beautiful and strong. When I am passionate about something, that's when I really feel like I'm at my best, like traveling. It opens my eyes to how big the world is and it inspires me to understand the different cultures that exist today. After four years working for a multinational corporation, I took my masters in International Tourism Management in London, a course that made me embrace my love for my own country, the Philippines, and being a Filipino. Each class I took encouraged me to write about my mother land and made me work hard to put it on the map. In 2017, I started working at the travel agency that my mom founded 35 years ago and I am very excited to launch my latest project this year, La Guia, a culmination of all the lessons I gathered while I lived abroad. My long term goal is to be the Department of Tourism Secretary, as I think the Philippines is such a beautiful place to live in and more people should be aware of that. Talking about work, my love life, my family and friends, or even my hobbies, I feel like my beauty really resonates as these aspects of my life give me a lot of strength.” 

Maan

"Seventeen years of countless local and international football tournaments, a love-hate relationship with my knee injury, late nights and long hours working on a graduate degree, an on-going task of building a healthier me, a fast-running day job and five-year plans that are constantly changing, if not upgrading. Life has been a tad bit busy for me but like I always say, it only gets more valuable as it gets harder. For me, beauty and strength go beyond facial features and the ability to run miles. It’s all about being able to create a stronger element within you that allows you to overcome just about any challenge the universe throws. Creating a consistent and positive mind, body, and soul will always be KING. To every woman of every race, keep hustling and always do you. You are my inspiration."

IJ

“My passion is aesthetics; to bring out the natural beauty in every person using my brush and make-up set. I just love it when my clients are more confident after doing their makeup -- be it for a prom, a debut or a wedding. Beauty is when a person encounters something with his or her senses and experiences appreciation, and yes for me it is my strength because experience and pain have taught me to open my eyes to different perspectives and then empathize with people who are currently in my once depressed situation. The adversities that I have faced to be in my current state are the typical comments of ‘the path you are going is a waste of time’ but I would like to think I’ve proved them wrong.”

Jillianne

“Beauty to me is defined by how hard you worked for something. I guess that stems out from my being competitive. That’s why body building appealed so much to me — it being crazy difficult — and it also has everything I enjoy like nutrition, lifting, and the more girly side like putting on make-up and a bikini. For my competitions I learned to be artistic with what I wore and I had to bedazzle it myself. My background in architecture helped me, too, because it has the same application of art and science as in body building. To achieve a symmetrical body, having good genes helps, but it also entails having to form something beautiful physically based on science. I found my beauty in this sport because I know I work my ass off, literally and figuratively, for it. A new challenge arises when the motivation or the goal is gone, and all you’re left with is self-discipline, and that’s what you continue to develop.” -Jillianne, Body Building Winner & Architect