Sunday, 18 December 2016

Jesi Max

Beauty and her Bag: Kylie

I had no idea what to expect from Kylie going in for our interview. But mostly, a part of me feels like she’s a Regina George ala Mean Girls with her flawless complexion, striking stare, wavy long locks and overall outer appearance (first impressions lang since of course, I don’t know anything about her yet). I felt intrigued and more excited to be able to pick her brain on the seemingly mundane topic of beauty. Her love for beauty things, though, is no secret. Among the four Encantadia ladies, she’s most known for her compulsive ‘makeup hoarding‘. But throughout the interview, I learned a lot about Kylie – from both the things she did and did not say. One thing’s for sure though, she ain’t no Regina George in the inside. The day of the interview, Kylie came in flashing her high-wattage smile but seemed less enthused than I was expecting. Turns out, as one of her managers told me – she had been filming for almost 24 hours already – with a few breaks in between.

I later learned that they even shot some high-intensity fighting scenes during that day so I could not imagine the tiredness she must’ve felt. I wanted to beg off when I found out she was resting for a while before the interview (just so she could sleep some more) but I was told Kylie will push through with the interview still. If she were even a tiny bit of Regina George, I think she could’ve cancelled that interview in a snap of her finger. ‘Cos hello, let’s face it, I’m not even anyone important in the press or showbiz world that she has to oblige to. Truth bomb number one: this girl is no diva. It’s such a breath of fresh air to talk to celebrities like Kylie whose feet remain planted in the ground but have wings that soar high up and above when needed. Her character in Encantadia, Amihan the Keeper of Air, is a fearless, independent woman who values her family above all – which is why she was chosen to be crowned the next Queen of her kingdom instead of Pirena. In real life, I truly felt this vibe from Kylie. She is fearless, oh yes – she isn’t the typical showbiz celebrity to play coy and be ‘plastic‘ with you. In plain speak, she’s very palaban – even wrote an open letter to a writer who supposedly said mean things about her. Like her onscreen character, Kylie will also defend her family no matter what circumstances. Much much respect to this woman. Despite being the daughter of Robin Padilla, she has no sense of entitlement whatsoever. She doesn’t sit on her laurels and wait for things to be handed to her. She auditioned for Encantadia ready and roaring to take on any character. Her Muay Thai training with her dad since she was just a little girl helped her strongly for the role as a warrior – where they all have to perform arnis and other martial arts mixed in. In the words of her dad, “She’s the real deal Sang’gre. She really knows how to fight.”

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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