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.