Saturday, July 16, 2011

Paul Drake

Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 6'0"
Chest: 40"
Waist: 32"
Hips: 38"
Shoe size: 10.5"
Body Type: Toned

20-year old model Paul Drake grew up in Wayne, New Jersey with his Filipina mother and American father. He moved to the Philippines over a year ago to rediscover his roots and to pursue a modeling career in the country. Currently, he is based in Antipolo City and is a student at the University of the Philippines - Diliman.

Paul was still in the US when a family friend convinced him to try his luck in Manila as a model.  His first venture was via a personality search - Mr. & Ms. Philippine Youth 2011.  Although he was not able to bag the grand prize in the pageant, he was awarded the next best thing - the title of Mr. Philippine Youth Tourism 2011. Modeling jobs came his way after that experience. One of the highlights of his modeling career was his being able to walk the ramp at Philippine Fashion Week last May.

During our photoshoot, Paul explained that his body wasn't always as toned as it is right now. He was a bit overweight while he was growing up. He got into sports to deal with his weight problem and this got him into American football. However, this sport required its players to be big and burly so they can take on the impact of the tackles. He might not have achieved his goal of losing weight, but he definitely enjoyed playing football for Wayne Hills Highschool.  He only decided to shed off the extra pounds when he became fully bent on pursuing modeling.

When asked about his tattoos, Paul says that he considers his body as a canvas. Each tattoo on his body represents an image of a person, place or thing which has had a significant influence in his life. On the dextral side of his torso is the map of the Philippines and the image of the three stars and a sun similar to that found in the Philippine flag representing his Filipino roots.  Around his right bicep beside the abstract images is "Drake", his last name; while on his back are the images of his father and mother side-by-side signifying the major importance of his parents in his life.

At present, Paul enjoys going to castings and go sees in his pursuit of becoming a popular male model in Manila.  He has plans of going into acting too.  So, he's trying to polish his Filipino-speaking skills in the hopes of landing that one big acting break.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Joe Rivera

Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 6'1"
Chest: 39"
Waist: 32"
Hips: 38"
Shoe size: 11.5"
Body Type: Toned

Joseph Rivera is a 25-year old model who was born and raised in the city of New York. Currently, he owns an automotive supply business in San Francisco. He spends most of his time traveling between his hometowns. However, recently, he decided to move to Makati to focus on his new found modeling career and devote more time to the opportunities it presents. Still surprised by all the job requests, Joe, nevertheless, wants to “strike while the iron is hot.”

Joe got started in modeling when a photographer friend of his requested for him to come over to do a special favor. Sensing its urgency, Joe went there right away. It turned out that his friend needed a model and “tricked” Joe into it. Although apprehensive about the idea, like a real trooper, he stepped in front of the camera – with astonishing results.

Modeling was not a burning ambition for Joe since his family always emphasized the value of education. He pursued a degree in Biology and Psychology at Hunter College in New York. After graduation, Joe established his own company. Four years later, he has seen his company grow exponentially. All his hard work in school, coupled with his innate entrepreneurial skill, paid off. Now, he can fully invest his time into a new passion – modeling.

As with anything he does, he wants to make his family proud. So, Joe treats his new found profession seriously. Modeling requires him to stay in shape - to always show his best form. So, Joe frequents the gym and tries his best to eat healthy.

With only a few modeling experiences up his sleeve to date, Joe considers himself as a newbie in the industry. He admits that this craft is a continuous learning experience for him and he is willing to take in as much as he can through every opportunity given to him.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Bernhard Ashauer: Carpe Diem

Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5'8"
Chest: 36"
Waist: 30"
Hips: 38"
Shoe size: 8.5"
Body Type: Toned

"Standing in front of the camera puts me on the spot - like how I like to take on life.  Starting out, it put me in an awkward position, not knowing how to satisfy what the photographer needs; though instinctively, I saw this as a challenge and I owned the situation.  Exuding both power and elegance are in the basics of my day. And for modeling, I always just have to show the perfect balance."

- Bernhard Ashauer

That is how 19-year old Filipino-German model Bernhard Marc Ashauer III described his experiences in modeling.  During the shoot, he explained that he got started in modeling when he was invited by a friend who needed someone to fill a spot for a photo shoot. And as a person who loves new challenges, he seized the opportunity.  He enjoyed the experience and decided to continue it as a hobby and as a way to meet new people.

Bernhard, who just recently obtained his International Baccalaureate Diploma from the European International School-Manila, is leaving the Philippines soon to pursue his studies of Management and Engineering in Germany. However, he promises to come back every so often to Manila to do some modeling work.