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Aug 1, 2012
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Her stunning looks comes with an air of innocence. It’s an intriguing combination: a body that’s the stuff of many a man’s dreams, a face of a girl-next-door. A full-time model—a Premiere Vixen at that!— who likes to stay home. Gentlemen, Monica Mendoza.

 

Well, hello there Monica. First stop, are you still in school?
Hindi na ako nag sch-school, I’m now doing modelling full time.

Wow, is that what you've always wanted to be?
Gusto ko maging flight stewardess sana! Ha ha!

We’d be lucky to catch you in a flight! Anyway, we heard you’re part of Premiere Vixens?
Yes, Premiere Vixen ako but I first graced FHM magazine nung kinontak ako ni Aaron Ebio [photographer] sa Facebook at tinanong niya ako kung willing ako magshoot for FHM at sabi ko “why not?” Haha!

Thanks for Facebook! How long ago was this?
Last year lang.

Can you still recall your first shoot?
Okay naman siya, medyo nakakanerbyos kasi siyempre conscious sa katawan pero ok naman kasi professional naman ang pagkagawa.

Do you pattern yourself to a particular celebrity especially when you do your poses? An idol maybe?
Wala naman in particular. Siguro Victoria’s Secret models.(Chuckles)

We've just done a pretty daring shoot. Are you also this daring in real life?
Hindi ako masyadong ganon. Usually, when I dress up normally, usually hindi masyadong hubad, parang, ganito na may dress. Ha ha ha!

How do you react when you see your photos posted in the internet?
Siyempre kung sa website ng FHM happy ako. As long as wala akong nakikitang masama na dapat ma-concern ako.

Do you have a special regimen when preparing for a shoot? A particular routine?
Hindi ako kumakain ng rice totally, kahit siguro walang shoot. (Laughs)

Any form of exercise?
Wala, ganyan lang talaga siya. Ha ha!

What do you usually do in your free time? Hobbies, perhaps?
Wala naman masyado, kasama ko lang ang mom ko, pumupunta ng coffee shop, ganun, tambay lang pero yung gimik hindi masyado.

You seem very close to your mom.
Super, actually sinamahan nya talaga ako sa first shoot ko kasi hindi naman  talaga ako sanay [sa shoots] tapos iniisip nya suportahan ako kasi ganito yung gagawin. Ayun, mas comfortable ako pag nandoon ang mom ko sa shoot kasi hindi na siya magugulat.

How about night outs? Gimiks?
Before nung bata pa ako siyempre medyo excited pa ako gumimik ganyan pero ngayon hindi na talaga.

With you being such a looker and having thousands of followers in your Facebook, do you have any experience with stalkers?
Meron na once, hindi naman masyado nakakabastos pero medyo bastos kaya I blocked him sa Facebook.

So, you’re active in social-networking?
Actually hindi masyado, nagrereklamo na nga yung mga co-models ko na parang “hindi ka nago-online,” mga ganyan!

Let’s go back to the stalker. Tell us more about that.
Kasi binigyan nya ako ng friend request sa Facebook tapos in-accept ko siya kasi mukhang mabait naman tapos nagmessage siya sa akin ng medyo foul. Well, hindi naman sobrang foul pero medyo off talaga. Ayun, kaya block ko na lang siya kesa sa magkaroon ng war hahaha!

As a model, how do you want to be seen?
Hmm… siguro stylish.

Is there a special someone waiting for you outside? Are you in a relationship right now?
Wala naman.

Hooray! Has anyone told you that you looked like a certain celebrity?
Meron, yung mama ko, sabi nya kamukha ko daw si Cristine Reyes pero malayo naman yata. Ha ha!

How about male crushes?
Orlando Bloom, sa local naman, si Xian Lim. Medyo malayo ung similarity nila Ha ha!

Adding to that, what do you first notice on a guy?
Pag nakita ko sa lalaki na lean ung katawan nya, ganun, basta lean lang, hindi sobrang muscular, hindi buff.

What else can a guy offer you to get your attention?
Siguro kung ano, basta wag lang siyang mabola, kasi lahat yata ng lalaki ay mabola. Ha ha!

Ouch! If you’re feeling a bit naughty, what do you to do get yourself in the mood?
Nothing much haha siguro go with the flow lang?       

Since it’s 2012, if tomorrow’s the end of the world, what will you do tonight?
Siguro photoshoot with my mom… ng naked! Hahaha!

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INTERVIEW: NEPS FIRMALAN
PHOTOGRAPHY: JAY TABLANTE
STYLING: GERALDINE NUQUI
MAKEUP: WINN RAMOS OF LANEIGE
HAIR: ROMAN OSTAN
Clothes and Shoes from The Ramp Crossings
Lingerie from Velvet Rose and Inner Poise; Accessories from A'postrophe
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