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.

The poise, the strength, the focus–even when Rissa Mananquil-Trillo was president of PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines), you could always sense her training as a dancer. It wasn’t just in the confident, graceful way she always carried herself, but also in the focused way she took her experiences and infused them into whatever she did, from writing a beauty column (for the Philippine Star) to starting a beauty brand. These days, the multi-hyphenated achiever is busy caring for her family while expanding Happy Skin, the cult-favorite cosmetic brand she co-founded.  As she works to keep that delicate balance, you get the sense that Rissa has her eyes set on going beyond being comfortable, to being truly happy in her skin.

Blush skin-toned silk chiffon dress w/ lace, nude skin-toned & rose lace shift dress: Tippi Ocampo/   Model: Rissa Mananquil-Trillo/ Make-up: Model’s own (Happy Skin)/ Photos: Ito Ocampo


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