Cover Charge June 2011

Cover Charge June 2011

It is natural for someone like Pauline to fit in the world of fashion with her Filipino-Spanish facial features, lithe slender body type, and towering 5’9 height. No wonder, this girl has a lot going for her. But aside from her looks, we were surprised that this girl possesses a burning passion for her chosen path.
Just recently, she tried her luck in Bangkok and stayed for a month. That brief stint made her new friends, toured the place like a local, and somehow opened her eyes to new experiences. Unfortunately, the timing was all wrong. Packaged as a commercial model, Pauline revealed that she felt awkward and that it was not really her thing. For now, she’s not closing her doors but maybe in the near future she can improve in that area.
“I thought of it as a challenge and maybe right now I might not be good at it yet but new experiences really give me a high and taking risks like that taught me a lot. I think I still want to do commercials, then go somewhere in Asia and give it another shot.In coming back to Manila, she became a part of Philippine Fashion Week (PFW) Holiday Collection Series 2011 where she walked the ramp for a variety of shows. Mind you, she did nine shows for five days straight. It wasn’t an easy feat for this girl or anyone for that matter. Aside from gracefully strolling along the ramp, she has to run back and forth with her overlapping schedule for rehearsals and shows.
“The job was harder than you think. Some people always have that picture perfect image that models get to wear nice clothes and that it’s a ‘no brainer’ but really it isn’t. When I had three shows in a day for the PFW, I was scared that I would get the formulas wrong,” she reveals.
Sure, she recognized the high tension in their work environment at that time. Everybody’s in a hurry to make it all on time plus the pressure gets crazier to perfectly pull it off together. She completely understands everything. It’s a give and take situation where models become hangars for the designer’s masterpieces and they have to deliver what’s expected of them in the best way they can. But then again, there’s a little drama on the side where girls can have a rough day and throw a tantrum unexpectedly. Pauline felt a little off with this kind of behavior especially when she knows that the majority has worked so hard to make the show achievable.
just don’t get it how they can throw tantrums backstage, they probably don’t know how much the designers poured in a lot of sacrifices for the pieces they’ve done. For our part, we have to do our job. Our hair is supposed to be broken; our feet will have blisters and sometimes, we can’t get that much sleep. As models, we have to deal with all of that. Sometimes, I feel for the designer because the runway show is about their vision. If you weren’t able to deliver what’s expected of you, parang in a sense it breaks your heart like I should have done more for that dress and for the show.”
In short, Pauline would like to convey this message. “Stop with all the drama and just go with it because everybody will all have a hard time. You’re not modeling as yourself because you’re supposed to be selling the clothes, the make up and the hair.”
“I love local fashion, I’ll deal with the directors calling us stupid and screaming to the point that I want to cry and hit them because you know that its going to benefit the bigger picture,” she professed her passion for the style industry.
Outspoken as she is, she can very well stun you with her sassy statements online through her Twitter and Formspring account. Ergo, there are still haters along the way. Too bad, she doesn’t want their hard hitting messages to affect her. With that, Pauline knows where to draw the line between professionalism and hype.
And with all the praises and criticisms thrown at her, Pauline remains grounded and sticks to being real. “At the end of the day, I go home to my house, home to my dog, home to my video games, and just leave work at the door. When they say that I’m going to be somebody big, I always take it as a compliment and I try to derive energy and do more. There’s no point in thinking that you’re better than everyone because even in the streets nobody knows who I am.”
Credits: black boots with spikes by NIXON MARQUEZ / gold antlers by CHARD CHU


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