#IAMWHOIAM, a campaign that explores talent and style, empowering individuals to live vicariously and embracing what sets them apart. The campaign features profiles of dynamic and passionate individuals, each representing a theme they love—namely Art, Design, Motion, Music, Fashion, Film and Photography.
Born in Tokyo and raised in Australia, Mari Jasmine is an established model and TV host. Pursuing her ambitions, Mari has carved out her career under the spotlights on the runway in various cities. Often seen in relaxed silhouettes, her sense of style never fails to embody elegance and sophistication.
Growing up, you travelled around the world. How did you end up becoming a model and a host?
I was still modelling when I came to the Philippines, and my stay was meant to be a 3 month contract for me to test the waters, gain some experience as a host and to learn about a new culture. I really didn’t know much about the country and I was excited for a new adventure. I made some great friends and work was going well and before I knew it, I was based here.
What are some of the most challenging aspects about being both?
Job security. As with most self-employed people, you have weeks or months when you’re too busy and in need of a holiday! And other times you’re not as busy and looking for work.
Is there a particular outfit or style that you have yet to explore?
There’s so much more to experiment with. At the moment I feel most comfortable in ensembles that are minimalist, with clean lines and neutral colours. On casual days, you’ll see me in sports wear. I’m yet to really explore bright colours or prints, or big statement pieces. Who knows what’s next.
What are five things that will always be in your closet, whatever the season?
Good pair of jeans, a plain white T, leather boots, white sneakers & accessories to add a finishing touch to my outfit.
How do you stay true to your own style while working in an industry of trends and changing fashions?
I define style to be what I deem most comfortable, as our sense of self is ever-changing.
#IAMWHOIAM, I am Mari and I am Fashion
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Kiana Valenciano is a singer and fashion designer with a wide array of interests. Influenced by R&B, electronic music and the 80’s, Kiana sets herself apart as a free bohemian spirit, bold and experimental.
What was it like growing up in a musically inclined family and especially with a Dad who is a musical icon?
There was a lot of backstage time, touring and travelling, a lot of attention and pressure, but never from anyone at home. It was very fun as I had the opportunity to meet many different musicians from all over the world and learned from some of the best at a very young age. My parents have always supported my dreams and continue to push me to try and surpass them and for that I will always feel incredibly grateful.
What is the role of music in your life?
Music is a big part of who I am. It’s something I’m passionate about and it brings me so much joy.
Describe your music style.
I’m still experimenting but lately I’ve been drifting towards pop and R&B. My dad always encourage me to add my own touch to my music rendition and that’s when I started experimenting and learning what I could and couldn’t do with my voice.
How has travelling inspired your own fashion choices?
One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to people watch. I could sit in a cafe with a book or notebook, some tea, and just people watch for hours. It’s at those times that I’ve really noticed the differences in peoples’ personal style. You see someone wearing an outfit sometimes and you think to yourself “I would have never thought this and that could go together” and you take that with you and try it out for yourself. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s helped me kind of push myself to bend the rules once in a while and remember that overthinking it doesn’t help.
How does your personality reflect your style?
I’m very particular about the clothes and accessories I put on but my philosophy is simple – embrace what you know you look and feel good in. Do not hesitate to try on something that forces you to leave your comfort zone. I know what I like and I know what I don’t, but I will never run away from trying out to new things, especially those I know will help me grow.
#IAMWHOIAM, I am Kiana and I am Fashion
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Known for her sporty appeal, exuberant appreciation for fashion and down-to-earth attitude, Mika Reyes is no stranger on the volleyball court. Having won numerous volleyball accolades in her academic semesters, the motivated over-achiever continues to pursue her passion in the national volleyball team even after graduating. She shines brightly on and off the court, bringing along a fashion sense that mirrors her athletic persona closely.
What encouraged you to take up volleyball?
I took up volleyball when we had to choose clubs in high school. Admittedly, it was my second choice of club.
What has volleyball taught you?
It has taught me that you have to work hard before you can earn something.
What is an unforgettable experience that you have playing volleyball?
Apart from clinching championships for some of our competitions, our losses are also memorable for me. Reflecting on those experiences have the helped team and I bounce back and rise from our defeat.
What is your go-to outfit apart from your volleyball attire?
My style is very simple and I usually wear caps and throw on a jacket to add a little twist to a comfortable everyday outfit.
Where do you get fashion inspiration?
Instagram is a huge source of inspiration for me. Occasionally, I will come across someone’s outfit that I like a lot on the explore page and I will draw inspiration from their ensemble.
#IAMWHOIAM, I am Mika and I am Motion
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