|Birth name||Anna Bayle|
|Date of birth||1959|
|Place of birth||Manila, Philippines|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|[Anna Bayle Official web site]|
Anna Bayle is a Filipina model and regarded as the first Asian supermodel. Dubbed as "the Model of the 1980s," she ranked third among the top ten models of the world during the 1980s, joining the likes of Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista. She was able to model for world renowned fashion designers and photographers, and was one of the highest paid models of the time. Bayle was also consistently featured in various local and international fashion magazines during the same decade.
Introduction to modeling
Bayle was a scholar at the Philippine Science High School where she finished her secondary education. She then obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She was a college varsity basketball player when her teammates convinced her to join the Miss Republic of the Philippines beauty pageant in 1975. Although she didn't win the title, Bayle caught the attention of Filipino fashion designer, Auggie Cordero, who became her mentor when she started modeling at the age of 16. Cordero saw Bayle's potential as a fashion model and encouraged her to dream big.
It was in Hong Kong where Bayle first gained prominence in the international fashion scene when she replaced model Billie Blair in the Hong Kong Trade Fashion Show. She then flew to New York and Paris to pursue an international modeling career. She did not only succeed but she also elevated the image of the Filipina in the glamorous world of fashion.
As a model, Bayle was described as confident, hardworking, and very disciplined; her dedication and professionalism characterized the 25 years that she had spent modeling. Proof of such characteristics was the working pace that Bayle took in the course of her career; she used to model an average of nine shows a day while other models did only one or two. Bayle is also best remembered for her unique tiptoe walk which became her signature move on the runway.
In the course of her modeling career, Bayle was able to work with some of the top fashion designers of the world. Among them were Thierre Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Chanel, Gianni Versace, and Givenchy. She also became a design consultant to some of the world's established fashion-related companies and organizations, including the Elite Modeling Agency and Shiseido Cosmetics.
Bayle was also constantly featured in various fashion magazines such as Mugler, Chanel, Scaasi, Valentino, Versace, YSL, and Dior. Vogue Magazine once featured her on the cover, highlighting her long-black hair, which achieved legendary status in terms of hairstyle. The Wall Street Journal also did a feature article on Bayle, calling her the first Asian supermodel. In the course of these print appearances, she became a favorite of the world's top fashion photographers, including Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, Sante D' Orazio, Peter Beard, David Seidner, Olivero Toscani, Arthur Elgort, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Skrebneski, Alex Chatelain, and Paolo Roversi.
Life after modeling
After retiring in 1994, Bayle took on other professional challenges, mostly related to fashion. She became a beauty editor for lookonline.com, an online fashion newspaper; a blog writer, and a television host. She also ventured into business as she has her own line of lipstick. Bayle also established a modeling institution to train aspiring Filipina models.
- Manila Standard Feature Article on Anna Bayle, January 5, 2006 (accessed Sept. 10, 2007)
- Anna Bayle
- The New face of a Supermodel article