The next Face of The Philippines competition is around the corner. We’ve caught up with last year’s contestant, up and coming model, Kathlyn Asuncion. Wearing pieces from Manila Fashion Festival x ZALORA, paired with the latest Denim Tech Collection from BOBSON Japan, Kathlyn gave an inside look on her life as a model in the Philippines, as a future fashion designer, and her inspirations in this creative industry.
Hi Kathlyn, what’s your story?
I’m Kathlyn Asuncion, a student from College of Saint Benilde taking up Fashion Design and a model.
You’ve been a part of Face of the Philippines 2015 and you went to South Korea for that. What happened there?
There, I met 25 models from Asia Pacific and competed for the Asia New Star Model. I was part of the Top 10. It feels great and it boosted my confidence, knowing that I have brought something back to the Philippines.
How does it feel to be model in the Philippines?
In the Philippines… Oh no! It’s hard to get your name out there so really need to work hard, and I prefer to start from the bottom and work my way up. That takes more work than using other people’s influences, just to get there. Sometimes it gets hard because, honestly, there’s no money in modelling here in the country. In booking jobs, it’s also hard to compete with other beautiful people.
Your look can be defined as mestiza. Do you think you look Filipino?
I think I’m a mix. If you put me next to a foreigner, I’d look different from them. But if you also put me next to a Filipino-looking model, I’d look different from them as well. I think I’m just in between.
As a future fashion designer, how do you see yourself in the fashion industry? How will your understanding with fashion as a designer affect your career as a model?
It goes both ways. Models and fashion designers work together, so from there I get to learn what to do. My dream is to model my own collection someday, using all my knowledge from all the brilliant people I work with.
Shifting to the Kathlyn as a fashion designer, what’s your aesthetic?
I’m still looking and building for my certain style, aesthetic. But my favourite designers are Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen. They’re very structured and tailored. As for McQueen, his designs are very artistic and avant-garde, but if you look at it closely, it’s actually very tailored.
How do you take care of your skin?
I wash my face morning and night and I’m still using the free face masks I got from South Korea.
What’s your go-to make up look?
I don’t wear make up everyday, but when I do I fix my brows, a swipe of mascara, and lip balm.
Speed-up round! Iced coffee or Iced tea?
White or black?
Lipstick or eyebrows?
Hair or skin?
Pants or shorts?
Sneakers or heels?
McQueen or Wang?
Photographed by Aidx Paredes
Styled by Candle Ray, Assisted by Nana Valdueza