Top three beauty concerns of Filipinos: Lines and wrinkles, dark spots (whitening), acne #MorenaAndProud or #PaleAndLovingIt? Beauty, these days, is all about acceptance and “you do you” — who knew a tiny square on our phones would be partly responsible for that? When Instagram was launched in 2010 along with a few smartphones that allowed us to take okay photos, the app served a pretty basic purpose: it was a platform for sharing everyday human experiences. Individual “aesthetic” was a trait deeply tied to what we did on a daily basis, the things we enjoyed and found interesting. To phrase it in today’s terminology, it was organic. Aesthetic, the way we understand and apply it now, was yet to be conceived. Beauty? It was a barely formed zit waiting to pop. We had no idea exactly how beautiful things could be, and how much of it we would be able to control, both on our screens and in real life. "It" girls in their ternos: Paraluman, Susan Roces, … [Read more...] about What is Filipina beauty in the digital age?
Ugly face of beauty
By Katherine Lalancette The Kit The Kit Fri., July 27, 2018 Nyakim Gatwech is taking the fashion industry by storm: She’s walked the runways at New York Fashion Week, amassed 375K Instagram followers, and she’s currently starring in a makeup campaign for Canadian brand Annabelle. “From refugee camp to runway” seems like a far too easy way to put it, but that is Gatwech’s story. When her mother was pregnant with her, she fled war-ravaged south Sudan on foot with her four kids and headed for the Ethiopian border. (Her husband stayed behind to fight.) The family walked for weeks and slept under trees—two of the children perished during the trek. “When people ask me about my story, I only think about my mother,” says Gatwetch. “She lived through it, but it’s her journey that makes me strong.” We recently caught up with Gatwech to chat about her quest to challenge beauty ideals in the fashion … [Read more...] about Former refugee challenges beauty ideals
Kuwaiti blogger faces blacklisting – POEA Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) - July 23, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Kuwaiti beauty blogger Sondos Al-Qattan faces a possible blacklist and may be barred from hiring Filipino domestic helpers. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) head Undersecretary Bernard Olalia yesterday said employers who refuse to comply with the bilateral agreement signed between the Philippines and Kuwait should be blacklisted from hiring Filipino household service workers (HSWs). “The bilateral agreement and the guidelines issued by the POEA clearly state that the passport should be in the possession of (the HSW) and that she is entitled to a weekly day off. Kuwaiti employers who refuse to follow these provisions shall be immediately blacklisted,” Olalia said in a radio interview. Earlier, Blas Ople Policy Center head Susan Ople asked the POEA chief to … [Read more...] about Kuwaiti blogger faces blacklisting – POEA
ROME: Rome is on red alert with 3,000 police officers deployed to avoid ugly scenes during Roma's Champions League return leg match against Liverpool at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.Liverpool supporter Sean Cox, a 53-year-old Irishman, remains in critical condition after being attacked close to Anfield by visiting supporters before last week's semi-final, first leg.Around 5,000 Liverpool fans are expected to attend and authorities fear rival gangs could clash from Tuesday evening when many Reds fans begin arriving in the Italian capital.British police are in Rome backing up their Italian counterparts with city authorities saying 1,000 officers are being deployed around the Stadio Olimpico in addition to a further 2,000 throughout the city.Furthermore, there will be a complete alcohol ban, as well as a huge crackdown on fake tickets.Merseyside Police Chief Superintendent Dave Charnock urged fans not to travel to Rome without tickets."If the details on your ticket and passport do not … [Read more...] about Football: Red alert in Rome ahead of Liverpool match
Fashion Week opens in the British capital Friday, and among the legions of models strutting down the catwalk, several will come from Ugly. They make eye-catching additions to the perfectly honed or androgynous models that typically feature at fashion's annual showcase in London. "It's celebrating diversity really and it's bringing a bit more light to fashion instead of just using the bog-standard models," agency owner Marc French told AFP. He describes it as a "character" model agency -- "from fat, thin, to large to small: you name it, we've got it". He cited the example of French actor Gerard Depardieu. "I mean look at him: he's so full of character and charisma. "He becomes sexy because he's so cool and he's so different." - 'Imperfection is beauty' - Founded a half century ago, Ugly occupies trendy open-plan space in west London featuring a baroque sofa, brushed aluminium computers and walls studded with photos of models. A portrait of late rock superstar David Bowie adorns the … [Read more...] about Ugly Models, an agency of extraordinary ‘characters’