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INTERVIEW: ALLAN A. MADRILEJOS
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAOLO PINEDA
STYLING: MIKE DE GUZMAN AND GEORGE PALMINIANO (MGP)
MAKEUP: BARBI CHAN, ASSISTED BY HAZEL GO FOR MAYBELLINE NEW YORK
HAIR: JERRY JAVIER FOR L’OREAL PARIS


It was a surprise having your parents here. Sorry about the ice cream, though.
They’re just very supportive. Pero minsan my dad still feels hesitant because he believes na wala pa ring tatalo pag nakatapos ka sa pag-aaral. I’m a sophomore European Studies student. It has always been my dream to become an ambassador to the United Nations. I also want to be like Audrey Hepburn. But I took a leave of absence muna from school to concentrate on my career.

What was posing sexily in front of them like?
At first, it felt awkward. Pero as the hours passed, ayos na rin. It’s better that they’re here kasi there’s no reason to be ashamed of the pictures we took. Makikita rin naman kasi nila ito eventually. They really helped a lot. Like, remember my dad? Nag-style pa at inayus-ayos pa mga poses ko kanina.

We honestly thought your FHM cover wouldn’t happen this soon.
Why? Because I’m the shy, pa-tweetums type? Actually, I was super shocked that you asked. I never thought you’d consider me. This is such an honor. To be an FHM cover girl means you think I’m beautiful, sexy, hot. It’s a privilege.

Why the change of image?
My manager, tito Manny Valera, explained to us thoroughly that I’d be packaged as sexy, regal, and sophisticated. Yung hindi bastusin. I realized it’s a great time to do this right now. I want to feel sexy and take care of my body and well-being some more.

You had trouble doing that earlier, almost becoming the first FHM cover girl who fainted during a pictorial.
Ha ha! That’s because I was so nervous and excited at the same time. I didn’t have enough sleep last night. I only drank water. This is my first-ever magazine cover—and it’s for FHM pa. And I want to live up to your high standards.

Niña Jose - March 2008

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