Of dreams and stepping stonesBy Maureen Manuel
Philippine Daily Inquirer
“Whoever believes in dreams also knows how to interpret them” is one of my favorite lines from Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.”
During our childhood days, we all wanted to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and, for some young girls, models. Only a handful of girls are brave enough to follow that dream, no matter how ridiculous it might sound to some people or how hard it is to enter the modeling realm.
Fortunately, SM Ladies Fashion Management knows how to turn that dream into reality. SM GTW’s Redhead Model Search 2012 is a stepping stone for young Pinay girls, nationwide!
The Redhead Journey
Pinky Yang, merchandise manager of SM GTW, shared the success story of the Redhead brand. Redhead is an exclusive brand for SM Department Store. It started in 2001, and has evolved into a fashion brand that is fresh and trendy for young girls. It opened its search in 2011 to find three young ladies to represent the brand. Last year’s winners were Avonlea, Emerald and Arielle.
Opening the Redhead Model Search once again made every young girl happy for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Kate Samson of SM Ladies fashion told us that 2,000 Pinays joined the said search. Only 13 went on to the finals.
They were Ace Morales, Anna Crisostomo, Bencelle Banzonn, Idelweiss Omelig, Janine Barnendo, Kimberly Tolentino, Marie Grace Ramis, Nina Villanueva, Patricia Advincula, Pauline Quintas, Sirene Sutton, Soffia Sibug and Vanessa de los Reyes.
New faces of Redhead
After two days worth of challenges on makeup, runway and posing, the SM GTW team have filtered out the three top young model aspirants. The three are Sirene Sutton, Kimberly Tolentino and Nina Villanueva. They will receive a one-year modeling contract from Elite Modeling Agency, a cash prize and Redhead clothing allowance. The prizes are to-die-for, and the girls deserved it.
2bU: What have you guys learned about yourself after winning the Redhead Model Search?
Sirene: I learned to believe in myself. Redhead has taught me to bring out more of myself, to be confident.
Nina: I agree with Sirene. All of us just have to believe in ourselves, because when you believe in yourself, you make things happen for you.
Kimberly: I just want to add that joining Redhead taught me to make friends and be more confident when talking to others, and believing that they will be nice to you.
2bU: Where do you see yourself after five years?
Kimberly: I see myself still studying and in college. I think I’m still going to pursue modeling, and I’m thankful to Redhead for this opportunity.
Sirene: Still studying and working and pursuing modeling. I see myself on the runways and magazines.
Nina: Five years from now is quite a long time. I actually live day to day, rather than plan that long. I can see myself working. I still don’t know where, but of course the future is bright. I always look at the bright side. I try to be positive.