Having worked with a good number of car show models in the past few years, we’ve come to comprehend that babes in the said profession usually have it best upon landing in our pages – beautiful faces, appealing personalities, and a very solid fan base.
Take Gwyneth Ceridwen for instance, now an even bigger attraction than the vrooms she’s anchoring on auto shows. So do Angel Smith, Karen Anne Tuazon, and Christine Marquez, all certified booth-fillers.
Such is the case, too, for 23-year old car show model and this month’s FHM Online Babe, Aiko Baniqued.
But one notable mania separating Aiko here from the others: Girl also happens to be the head honcho of a jointly-owned BPO company, one that has been smoothly running for a few months now. So we guess we find it amazing that she’s still doing car shows, even more so join this year’s batch of Premiere Vixens.
And if her kismet works for the better, Aiko could simply follow Paulene So – herself an entrepreneur – in becoming the next queen of the babe heap. Pictures such as the ones we're about to see can only help this babe in her ongoing cause. And only by becoming so can Aiko openly declare that she had it best among the others.
All the same, seeing and describing these car show models, we're the ones truly having it best.
Judging from your looks and demeanor, we presuppose you have a foreign mix?
I have Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish blood. My name Aiko is Chinese – it means lovely child.
So were you a lovely child growing up?
Yes, until now naman. I was always the shy type dati. Before kasi medyo boyish ako at mas mahilig ako sa mga guy stuff. I liked wearing rubber shoes and big t-shirts.
Why wear big tees when you can easily flaunt your curves?
Actually nung high school ako, sa klase namin ako yung may pinaka-malaking boobs. So lagi ko siyang ginagawan ng paraan para matakpan siya. Kasi sabi sa amin dati kapag malaki daw ang boobs mo, ibig sabihin hindi ka na daw virgin, ha-ha!
Do these malicious stories offend you?
Yes, tsaka alam mo naman dito maraming pamahiin so sa school namin parang ganun. Kapag fully developed ka pinag-uusapan ka.
Well you’re a model now, which means all is well in the end. How was the shoot?
Dito mas comfortable ako kasi medyo mas sanay na ako. Dati bago mag-shoot kailangan may iniinom muna ako para di ako mahiya. Ngayon I didn’t need that na, hindi ko na kailangan ng pampakalma tulad ng alak.
How do you usually prepare for a shoot such as this?
Before, two days ako hindi kakain. Ngayon, diet na lang for the shooting day itself.
Do you still mind being ogled by random spectators?
Sanay na kasi ako eh, kasi kapag mga car shows andaming mga tao na nagpa-pakuha ng mga pictures. So kahit na nakapalibot pa sa akin lahat ng camera sanay na talaga ako. Doon ako nahasa, sa car shows and fashion shows.
What are the advantages of being a car show model?
Car shows have trained me to be comfortable. Kapag car show model kasi, nakatayo kami sa mga sasakyan so hinahanap talaga kami ng mga photographers. At hindi kailangan mag-pose, minsan kahit wacky pwede din. One time magkasama kami ni Angel Smith, we decided to dance instead of pose for the photographers. And then nakita na lang namin siya sa Facebook, ha-ha!
PHOTOGRAPHY: BORJ MENESES OF MIRACLE STUDIOWORKS
STYLIST: DEBRA BERNALES
MAKE-UP: RASCHELLA VELAYO
HAIR: KIM PELAYO