Also known as the “black” issue, this month’s ZONE features supermodels Brent Chua and Charlene Almarvez, internationally renowned designer Michael Cinco, models Eric Alessi and Hannes Oberbichler, works of Enzo Mondejar, Rxandy Capinpin, Koji Arboleda, Cebu's Paolo Crodua, Sylwia Makris, You Bin, Brent Chua and so much more!
We have two covers for this issue. You can read the one with Ms.Almarvez on the cover here, and one with Mr.Chua here.
I got assigned to do the cover story about Ms. Chat. Honestly, I know too little about the glitz-and-glam world of catwalks and runways. Since one of the most important rules of writing is to never write something you don’t know (or in this case, don’t know much about), I did a little research before formulating the questions. In my whole interview with Ms.Chat, here’s my favorite bit:
Q: Most young girls nowadays are trying to achieve the “perfect figure,” taking Barbie-like actresses and models as their “thins-piration.” There is nothing wrong with wanting to be beautiful and sexy, but more often than not, they resort to habits like unhealthy dieting, voluntary anorexia, and bulimia. What advice can you give these girls?
A: It is okay to want and dream to become beautiful and sexy but there is such a thing as "too much," and anything excessive is dangerous. Being pressured may result to unhealthy eating habits. I advice them to have proper diet—eat healthy like vegetables, fruits, proteins; proper exercise is a must. You will be healthy inside and out. Today, society dictates that you must be skinny to be considered beautiful but that is superdupermegaultra wrong! Be confident no matter what shape you are. Confidence is sexy.
I’ve always wanted to ask a model about this issue! I haven’t really listed that on my official bucket list, but still I’d say…cross it out on my bucket list’s draft! :p
Moving on, my book review for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was published in this issue. I couldn’t find anything in my archives that fits perfectly with the theme, and choosing a book written by Holly Black or just something with the word “black” in the title sounds like something a lazy contributor would do. Since the color in question is often associated with deaths and other paranormal stuff, I thought of Riggs’ 2011 novel. The misleading cover just screams horror, and I think all the photos interspersed throughout the tome are eerie enough to render any reader awestruck or just a tad creeped out.
Hurrah for the deceptive title! Haha!
This month’s issue is remarkable because they appointed me as a managing editor. All I wanted to be is a contributor, but they boosted me up the editorial board when I did a helluva lot more editing than usual. :) I also helped in writing the article for Michael Cinco (which of course meant more research!). I think fashion can really be more interesting when you delve more deeply into it.
I’m looking forward to working with the team in the coming months! I’m loving it. :)