More Deserving to be Called
By Cel Ortega
After countless of embarrassing fiascos performed by our self-proclaimed It Girls, we’ve come to the conclusion that they are a lost cause.
And it frustrates the rest of us that the Filipino public still refers to them as It Girls when there are others much more deserving of holding that title — humble and empowered women with principles and better manners.
Saab Magalona-Baccarro is the multi-hyphenate we all aspire to be. She is the daughter of the great Francis Maglona, one of the lead singers in a well-loved local band, co-owns a coffee shop, manages a blog, and comes home every day to a loving husband and a cute Pomeranian. She’s always unafraid to speak her mind, using her social media as platforms to speak out against social and political issues and, from time to time, to tactfully shut down all her nonsensical haters.
Lauren Young has made a name for herself other than being merely the “younger sister of Miss World 2013 Megan Young.” She’s taken on a spectrum of roles both as a protagonist and a villain on-cam and on-stage. When she isn’t acting, she’d be posting a ton of selfies and photos of herself on her Instagram, shopping for clothes online, or posting healthy recipes on her blog. She also has a quirky personality, and one only needs to watch her Instagram stories on a daily basis to see why.
Anne Curtis-Smith, after her infamous “I can buy you, your friends, and this club” drunken episode years ago, has become so well-loved by her fans for being the simple and down-to-earth woman that she is now. Her being very vocal about her current obsessions for Korean idol Gong Yoo has also made her more relatable to the public, while her relationship with Erwan Heussaff is pretty much our #relationshipgoals.
Solenn Heussaff may have been a part of the “It Girls!” E! Asia show, but she’s far beyond the It Girls posse attitude-wise. She’s always entertaining us with her humorous Instagram antics with hubby Nico Bolzico, fitspiring us with her workout selfies and IG snaps, and wowing us with her artistic creations.
Tricia Gosingtian has been a revered fashion icon during the recent years, and her distinct style has been the inspiration of many up-and-coming fashion and travel bloggers to date. She proves time and time again to her followers that she isn’t just a pretty face — she’s kind-hearted and simple, has had a background in photojournalism (which explains her eye for mobile photography), crafts amazing stories on her blog, is unapologetically K-Pop trash, and owes up to her past mistakes with humility and grace.
Mariel De Leon
After a certain beauty queen disappointed us by refusing to speak out against the current situation in the country, Mariel De Leon, Binibining Pilipinas International 2017, shone like a beacon in the night. She has constantly been vocal about social and political issues here and around the world and recently voiced out her concerns regarding the rampant extra-judicial killings, sparking heated discussions between opposing parties. She’s definitely earned a whole lot of respect for bravely speaking the truth online.
Gabbi Garcia is one of the youngest faces to watch out for, especially after gaining nationwide attention for her stint as Sang’gre Alena and as an international commercial model for Pantene. Despite only turning 18 and already bagging huge projects like Mega Magazine’s first ever Mega Style publication cover shoot, she’s learned to be mature about things relating to her job while remaining bright-eyed, humble and authentic.
Nadine Lustre has glowed up since her days in “Ang Diary ng Panget” and “On the Wings of Love,” and liberal-minded millennials now think of her as a queen. She has remained unapologetic about her decisions as a free-thinking adult despite receiving hate for allegedly getting wrist tattoos and living with James Reid. She also served us all the quote of the year: “Come on guys, it’s 2017.” Preach, girl!
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