Top 10 Filipino Fashion Models

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There’s more to than ramp than meets the eye. Behind the glamour of fashionable outfits are long working hours and rigid maintenance of one’s physique. These are the10 queens of the ramp (and more!) in the Philippine and the international scene, paragons of excellent modeling career maintenance through the years.

Anna Bayle
Tagged as the first Asian supermodel, Anna Bayle was at the prime of her modeling career in the 80s and 70s. Important designers in the 80s all clamored to get her as a muse. She also left a legacy in numerous fashion books such as Chanel, Versace, Dior and Valentino. On top of that she also did calendars for Shiseido and Elite Models. Bayle is also a producer and writer.

Tetta Agustin

Agustin rose to meteoric modeling heights in the 70s. A size zero at the time, she was a perfect model even for Parisian modeling houses. She caught the heart of Hubert de Givenchy, and was later taken by Yves Saint Laurent. She remained to be YSL’s favorite Filipina model. Her career took a bit of a backseat when she got married to Christian Baverey in 1990.

Bessie Badilla
She recently hit the headlines again after her very courageous battle against cancer in 2007. But her glory days were in 1977-1985, where she was part of Paris-based House of Balenciaga.

Melanie Marquez

She won the 1979 Miss International crown , New York Face of the 80’s in 1985, and won two awards in 1986 – Most Glamorous Woman in Italy and Supermodel competition 1st runner up. She remains to be very much admired for all these achievement and is still active in the showbiz scene even as she pursues further studies.

Ping Federis

Ping Federis is 5’7” tall and svelte with her supermodel frame. She had her glory days in the 80s although she recently walked the ramp in a reunion with other fellow supermodels.

Jane Umali

Jane Umali is one of the supermodels who grace the ramps under the banner of the Hyatt fashion mafia.

Menchu Menchaca

Menchu is also part of the Hyatt fashion mafia, and one of the most respect ramp models in the 1980s.

Gina Leviste

Few models are frequently turned into metaphors for fashion statements, but Gina Leviste has that kind of following. She is known for her curly hair, alabaster skin and very prominent nose.

Wanda Louwallien

Now more prominently known as a businesswoman and fashion director, Wanda Louwallien was one of the modeling babies of Philippine society doyenne Chito Madrigal Collantes. She continues to be in the buzz by keeping in touch with friends from the modeling industry.

Charo Ronquillo
Touted to be the next Anna Bayle, Charo Ronquillo is the latest Filipina model to have made waves at catwalks around the world. Possesing what Bill Ford said as “unique look from the Philippines,” Ronquillo was discovered playing at an arcade in Robinson's mall in Laguna by a local agent.




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