There are more sides to fashion, and many, many more sides to the people in fashion, than meet the collective eye. Beyond the shows and catwalks, we discover people with a myriad of interests and dreams who aren’t just fashionistas, they’re passion-istas.

When it comes to larger-than-life personas on the runway, Marina Benipayo works it like few models can. A longtime fashion show favorite, she is as down-to-earth and hilarious off the catwalk as she is poised and glamorous on. But her true passion these days (aside from her family) lies in acting, and with her bottomless reserve of real life experiences that are as dramatic/action packed/romantic/comedic as anything on screen, there is never a dull moment with her around. From one theatrical flourish to the next, Marina makes it all look fabulously effortless.






DSC_4030Black basket weave top & silk chiffon skirt, nude lace & salmon jersey ‘Maria Clara’ gown: Tippi Ocampo/ Model: Marina Benipayo/ Make-up: Iya Yujuico/ Photos: Ito Ocampo

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