This was how Charo Ronquillo was when I first met her: barefoot, having her photos taken with the staff backstage after closing out Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2017.
She agreed to have her photo with every person who asked. Even just before she entered the backstage once again to change out of the final piece Amir Sali presented for his show, someone called out her name. She turned around and pretended to look annoyed. “What?” she said and then smiled. One last photo before she called it a night.
Her energy didn’t die down there. When I asked her for an interview, she snatched the phone out of my hands so she could talk directly into the voice recorder. She ran around to say good-bye to her fellow models.
And that’s how I really found out that this woman got to where she is: 2006 Ford Supermodels of the World finalist, hitting up New York Fashion Week, appearing in magazines like Cosmopolitan, C Heads, and Glamour, and walking for Lacoste, Kenneth Cole, and Tory Burch.
A lot. The whole industry, the people, the designers, everything. Everything is all upscale right now. Young designers are popping out like Mixy Dy.
My friends. It’s fun backstage. It’s not that hectic.
All of them, I love all of them. No favorites.
Wash your face.
Kinda nude tone.
A [floral] dress like this one. It’s from Zara.
I’m going back to New York on Tuesday.
That [independence] and fast-paced life. ‘Cause it’s all go, go, go.
I have no idea. Maybe you should just ask people? [Laughs]
My heels, eye makeup, phone, and wallet.
A little bit of everything. I don’t have a specific one.
Photo by Chola Tolentino