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Fashion 101: Over-manipulated magazine covers?

What constitutes a good cover girl? Based from my over-a-decade-old magazine collection, she has to be attractive. She doesn’t necessarily have to be pretty because everything can be enhanced with a swish of a brush. We’re lucky that over the years, not only have local magazines aided in the evolution of society’s common viewpoint for beauty, they also paved the way for non-model cover girls. Reviewing international fashion history, Anna Wintour made it okay for celebrities and non-zero body sizes to grace the cover of American Vogue. Who dares cross the most influential fashion magazine?

Our local leading fashion magazines started the year with controversial covers featuring very powerful women. International hit-maker Charice and pound-for-pound Manny Pacquiao’s first lady Jinkee grace the covers of Preview and Mega respectively. In the moment and well talked about, yes and yes. Emphasized cheekbones, noseline, jawline— check, check, check. The 2 magazines have been around for quite some time now. Both magazines continuously outwit each other when it comes to coming up with good editorials and features which is beneficial for us because we only get the best in each issue we bank on. They’ve created bonds with a lot of women; I’m pretty sure they know the standards for print manipulation.

I’m not quite sure why people are making a big fuss over the “Photoshopped” covers. Everyone does it, and I don’t see the overuse of the application in either of the photos. Sure, I didn’t recognize Jinkee right away but isn’t that how magazine covers almost always are? Sometimes I think people tend to overanalyze things especially when they’re not adept to a certain topic, just to have a “say”. Before you succumb to Twitter trends, it would be best to consider the following:

Photographer. Let’s not fully rely on Photoshop. Isn’t it possible that the photographers were well-trained? Think mad skills, man.

Lighting. Lighting is a big part of shoots. Strong light makes skin look flawless. It should do work, because it’s not easy being under it! Reflectors alone can help a lot in removing those dark eye circles and blemishes.

Makeup artistry. I’m a makeup artist. I know how hard and tricky concealing blemishes can get without looking like a freezing corpse. Contouring takes a lot of mad skills, too. It takes practice and even formal education. Take it from model-MUA Bianca Valerio, author of Face to Face. The book cover alone is a testimony that makeup does so much.

This is coming from a point of view of a concerned 20-year old Multimedia Arts student who reads a fashion magazine like it’s Physics, and has worked for many photo shoots as a photographer, makeup artist, stylist and even as an over-photoshopped model.

(c) Fashion Firewoman

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Fashion Epidemia: Good covers everywhere!

What is up with October? For some reason, everything looks fierce this month. We have a couple of multiple-covers (Rogue and Preview) and stunning beauties on two (Mega and Metro) while the rest are big time personalities. Our local pubs are on fire! Here are this month’s smokin’ hot local magazine covers. Which one’s your favorite? :)

(c) Fashion Firewoman

Photos sourced from each magazine’s site

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MEGA EIC Sari Yap Leads Search for the Quintessential Fashion Crew
MEGA Magazine, the Philippines’ best fashion magazine, was the pioneer for glossies in the country. It has shared with the public a lot of firsts that are all nothing short of inspiring. It was MEGA that pushed the envelope in actualizing the potentials of young fashion designers through the Young Designer’s Competition that gave rise to famous designers like Rajo Laurel, Veejay Floresca and Mich Dulce among many others. In 2010, the 18 year-old tradition was made more exciting by taking on a new format—MEGA conquered the boob tube with Generation Mega Season 1: The Young Designer’s Competition, a reality TV show that featured the 18 designers where Russell Villafuerte emerged victorious.
Sealing its glory as the standard for Filipino media excellence, MEGA returns with yet another offering that will make another history. Fashion Crew: Gen M Season 2 aims to discover five talented individuals whose skills are vital in putting together a fresh, forward and artistic fashion editorial for the magazine. As the brainchild of Mega Publishing Group’s president and CEO and MEGA Magazine’s editor-in-chief Sari V. Yap, the newest TV show is set to change the landscape of the fashion industry.
A pioneer in every sense of the word, Ms. Yap will be one of three resident judges who will determine who among 60 aspirants will be given the rare opportunity to be the next        big names in the fields of hair styling, makeup, fashion styling, modeling and photography. Ms. Yap has always been known to be a trailblazer and an advocate of world-class Filipino talent. It all began when she defied the odds and mounted the Philippines’ first glossy fashion magazine, which has since paved the way for the glossy magazine industry in the country. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work. Joining her are acclaimed fashion designer Avel Bacudio and top model Raya Mananquil, who were both part of Gen M’s first season.
Started his fashion career at a tender age of 17, Mr. Bacudio worked his way up, using his talent and his passion for the craft. He is now the executive creative director of a well-known garment company, where he focuses on fashion forecasts and product development, in the hopes of making fashion accessible to every Filipino. Currently, he is working on his own denim and underwear line, which he aims to launch this year.
Ms. Mananquil is among the most visible models today. Aside from gracing the spreads of top fashion magazines and being on countless billboards as an image model for different brands, she is also a lifestyle columnist for one of the leading broadsheets in the country. It is no wonder she has a lot going on as she was an honor student at the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has also been a radio DJ, a veteran PETA pal promoting vegetarianism, and she is also the first certified integral yoga instructor in the Philippines.
Apart from Yap, Bacudio, and Mananquil, a guest judge will come aboard the panel every week. Executive creative director Suki Salvador, deputy editor Meryll Yan,        Maybelline’s chief makeup artist Archie Tolentino, and noted hair stylist and TV host Borge Aloba will provide assistance to the hopefuls as mentors throughout the season.
With leaders at the helm, there is no doubt that the search will produce the industry’s next movers and shakers.
MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 airs every Saturday nights at 7:00pm, on ETC.  Catch the replays every Sunday at 10am. MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 is created for television by the MEGA Publishing Group.
Visit www.megastyle.ph and like MEGA on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/megamagazine or follow MEGA on twitter http://www.twitter.com/mega_magazine.www.megastyle.ph and like MEGA on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/megamagazine or follow MEGA on twitter http://www.twitter.com/mega_magazine.
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MEGA EIC Sari Yap Leads Search for the Quintessential Fashion Crew

MEGA Magazine, the Philippines’ best fashion magazine, was the pioneer for glossies in the country. It has shared with the public a lot of firsts that are all nothing short of inspiring. It was MEGA that pushed the envelope in actualizing the potentials of young fashion designers through the Young Designer’s Competition that gave rise to famous designers like Rajo Laurel, Veejay Floresca and Mich Dulce among many others. In 2010, the 18 year-old tradition was made more exciting by taking on a new format—MEGA conquered the boob tube with Generation Mega Season 1: The Young Designer’s Competition, a reality TV show that featured the 18 designers where Russell Villafuerte emerged victorious.

Sealing its glory as the standard for Filipino media excellence, MEGA returns with yet another offering that will make another history. Fashion Crew: Gen M Season 2 aims to discover five talented individuals whose skills are vital in putting together a fresh, forward and artistic fashion editorial for the magazine. As the brainchild of Mega Publishing Group’s president and CEO and MEGA Magazine’s editor-in-chief Sari V. Yap, the newest TV show is set to change the landscape of the fashion industry.

A pioneer in every sense of the word, Ms. Yap will be one of three resident judges who will determine who among 60 aspirants will be given the rare opportunity to be the next big names in the fields of hair styling, makeup, fashion styling, modeling and photography. Ms. Yap has always been known to be a trailblazer and an advocate of world-class Filipino talent. It all began when she defied the odds and mounted the Philippines’ first glossy fashion magazine, which has since paved the way for the glossy magazine industry in the country. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work. Joining her are acclaimed fashion designer Avel Bacudio and top model Raya Mananquil, who were both part of Gen M’s first season.

Started his fashion career at a tender age of 17, Mr. Bacudio worked his way up, using his talent and his passion for the craft. He is now the executive creative director of a well-known garment company, where he focuses on fashion forecasts and product development, in the hopes of making fashion accessible to every Filipino. Currently, he is working on his own denim and underwear line, which he aims to launch this year.

Ms. Mananquil is among the most visible models today. Aside from gracing the spreads of top fashion magazines and being on countless billboards as an image model for different brands, she is also a lifestyle columnist for one of the leading broadsheets in the country. It is no wonder she has a lot going on as she was an honor student at the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has also been a radio DJ, a veteran PETA pal promoting vegetarianism, and she is also the first certified integral yoga instructor in the Philippines.

Apart from Yap, Bacudio, and Mananquil, a guest judge will come aboard the panel every week. Executive creative director Suki Salvador, deputy editor Meryll Yan, Maybelline’s chief makeup artist Archie Tolentino, and noted hair stylist and TV host Borge Aloba will provide assistance to the hopefuls as mentors throughout the season.

With leaders at the helm, there is no doubt that the search will produce the industry’s next movers and shakers.

MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 airs every Saturday nights at 7:00pm, on ETC. Catch the replays every Sunday at 10am. MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 is created for television by the MEGA Publishing Group.

Visit www.megastyle.ph and like MEGA on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/megamagazine or follow MEGA on twitter http://www.twitter.com/mega_magazine.www.megastyle.ph and like MEGA on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/megamagazine or follow MEGA on twitter http://www.twitter.com/mega_magazine.

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Gen M Season 2: "Back stage is the new front stage" 
From the success of Mega Publishing Group’s initial venture into television comes yet another exciting offering called MEGA Fashion Crew. “Life here in MEGA has been a constant search for these people,” shares Sari Yap, editor in chief of MEGA magazine. Thus, in the same line, the show is dedicated to finding the individuals who will make it big in the fashion industry. With a total of 60 hopefuls, MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 aims to find the next top photographer, fashion stylist, make-up artist, hair stylist and female model. During each episode five members will be grouped as a fashion crew, and they will have to execute a fashion shoot. As Executive Group Creative Director Suki Salvador says, “Backstage is the new front stage” and this show aims to offer a unique peek into the fashion industry.
Experience the drama over 13 weeks as contestants go through a grueling series of shoots where MEGA Publishing Group’s executive creative director Suki Salvador and MEGA Magazine’s publisher and deputy editor Meryll Yan act as mentors for the season. To further the challenge, at the end of each show, fashion crews will be judged by top personalities in each discipline. Together with Ms. Yap, celebrity fashion designer Avel Bacudio and top model Raya Mananquil round up the resident panel. “Aside from fabulous items and cash prize of Php100,000 each, a promising career awaits the winning individuals. The five winners will also have the chance to work with the MEGA editorial team for a fashion editorial,” says Ms. Yan.
MEGA Magazine invites you to witness yet another milestone in the publishing-television industry. MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 airs every Saturday nights at 7:00pm, starting July 30, 2011 on ETC. Catch the replays every Sunday at 10am. MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 is created for television by the MEGA Publishing Group.
Visit www.megastyle.ph and like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/megamagazine and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mega_magazine.www.megastyle.ph and like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/megamagazine and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mega_magazine.

This is a press releasePhoto courtesy of MEGA Publishing

Gen M Season 2: "Back stage is the new front stage"

From the success of Mega Publishing Group’s initial venture into television comes yet another exciting offering called MEGA Fashion Crew. “Life here in MEGA has been a constant search for these people,” shares Sari Yap, editor in chief of MEGA magazine. Thus, in the same line, the show is dedicated to finding the individuals who will make it big in the fashion industry. With a total of 60 hopefuls, MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 aims to find the next top photographer, fashion stylist, make-up artist, hair stylist and female model. During each episode five members will be grouped as a fashion crew, and they will have to execute a fashion shoot. As Executive Group Creative Director Suki Salvador says, “Backstage is the new front stage” and this show aims to offer a unique peek into the fashion industry.

Experience the drama over 13 weeks as contestants go through a grueling series of shoots where MEGA Publishing Group’s executive creative director Suki Salvador and MEGA Magazine’s publisher and deputy editor Meryll Yan act as mentors for the season. To further the challenge, at the end of each show, fashion crews will be judged by top personalities in each discipline. Together with Ms. Yap, celebrity fashion designer Avel Bacudio and top model Raya Mananquil round up the resident panel. “Aside from fabulous items and cash prize of Php100,000 each, a promising career awaits the winning individuals. The five winners will also have the chance to work with the MEGA editorial team for a fashion editorial,” says Ms. Yan.

MEGA Magazine invites you to witness yet another milestone in the publishing-television industry. MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 airs every Saturday nights at 7:00pm, starting July 30, 2011 on ETC. Catch the replays every Sunday at 10am. MEGA Fashion Crew Gen M Season 2 is created for television by the MEGA Publishing Group.

Visit www.megastyle.ph and like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/megamagazine and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mega_magazine.www.megastyle.ph and like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/megamagazine and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mega_magazine.

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Photo courtesy of MEGA Publishing