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Jinri Park Is In Control

FHM has played witness to the evolution of this unstoppable multi-hyphenate

by Ash Mahinay | Nov 5, 2018

We have to admit that the stage for Jinri Park’s latest (and possibly greatest) shoot with us is a little bit disingenuous—she’s no gym lover.

Well, not in the traditional vein of hitting the weights and machines, at least.


We know this because she told us with no pretense that she found the routine boring, because this version of Jinri is one that’s about going after what she loves and not being afraid to speak her mind—and we couldn’t be prouder to have her back talking (and looking) like she does right now.

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PHOTO: Paolo Pineda

“When I heard the news that you weren’t going to print any more magazines, I was really sad,” Jinri shares. “It was an end of an era, but there’s also a new online era coming and I’m excited for that as well.”


We here at FHM have always had an extra-soft spot for girls like Jinri, the ones who have been with us all the way from the now halcyon days of print to the modern churn of the internet. You know, the ones who don’t metaphorically hide their copies of FHM under the bed—we’ve always put our cover girls on pedestals, and it’s nice to see when they’re proud of what we’ve created together.

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In this transition shoot from magazine cover to digital Muse, while slaying us with what may be the fittest shape we’ve ever seen her in, Jinri remarks that, “modeling, for me, is the easiest among all the jobs that I have. It’s just natural. And I always say this in every interview with FHM, but I’m so grateful for you guys because you really started my career when I was a nobody, when I was just a newbie model you put me in the magazine and everything started from there. I think you guys are going in a more modern direction and that’s good.” We tell her a lot of it is also due to the fact that we also get to work with modern women like her, those who you can’t just downplay as the sexy girl.

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"People still know me as sexy, but I think I've ventured into a lot of other things"

“Exactly, I mean people still know me as sexy, but I think I’ve ventured into a lot of other things.”

PHOTO: Paolo Pineda

“I recently launched my YouTube channel,” Jinri shares. “I’ve always wanted to have one, it’s just that I was always so lazy about it and the years just built up.”

Well, you may have seen one of her videos by now, so obviously, she got over the hump, right? “Yes, I finally had the opportunity to work with a videographer, and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m just going to hire you!’ So I’m paying someone to do it for me so I won’t be lazy anymore.”


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Quite contrary to the DIY, something-from-nothing origin story that YouTubers like to stick to, Jinri going out there and admitting that she gets some (lucky) guy to shoot her videos was actually a refreshing dose of frankness in this era of doing it for the ‘gram—with varying levels of artificiality, of course.


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“The appeal of it is getting to be on camera because not a lot of people know me as my real self. They think I’m the sexy model who they see in the pictures or, you know, a snob. Baka I look snobbish, I don’t know. Maybe, I am a snob? Ha ha!”


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You do get to see her being kalog and playing it up for the camera as any good YouTuber would, but for Jinri, the video format is more for expressing herself rather than presenting a persona for a specific audience. “I just want to show my real self to people. I just want everyone to see through the videos that I will really be myself the entire time. My first video was a mukbang (eating video) and I wasn’t really acting out.”

PHOTO: Paolo Pineda

There’s often a point in life when you discover a new passion and it just changes everything. For some, it happens later rather than sooner. For Jinri, that passion turned out to be martial arts.

“A lot of people who do jiujitsu say this, but jiujitsu saved my life,” Jinri shares. “It changed my life because I used to hate working out. I would just go on extreme diets and it was not healthy. I would starve myself to look good in shoots.”

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Before her first FHM cover, she was actually starving and doing cleanses to prepare for what would be an epic debut. “I wasn’t happy about it—I was quite depressed actually. If you don’t eat how can you be happy, right? You’re always in a bad mood. After jiujitsu, losing weight was a lot easier and it became natural.” The endless learning experience that the discipline offered was what she needed—a far cry from the boring routine of the gym.

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“I’m a blue belt, second after white. I’ve won some medals here and there. I don’t want to be mayabang…but my neck is so heavy kasi daming medals, ha ha!” Jinri often looks for competitions to join even when traveling abroad because she’s addicted to the sport, hitting the mats four to five times a week if her schedule permits. “Even if I’m busy, I make time—today I woke up at 5AM just so I could train before our shoot.” She even swears that, when she has children, she wants them to learn martial arts. “But not yet! Soon! Sana. But with a husband please,” she jokes.

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There’s no hubby on the horizon just yet for our muse because Jinri is busy—after all, how many people do you know running an app? Wagtales is Jinri’s other big passion project that she launched last year. With services such as locating the nearest vet or groomer, an online shop, and adopt-a-dog in partnership with PAWS and CARA, Jinri built the app “to make dogs happy,” and it was quite the experience for someone with no business background. “I pitched it to a few investors, they became my partners, and we hired a tech company to develop it—I actually took a short course in business for it. I’ve tried other ventures before but not something this big. it was like owning a stall or a small franchise.”

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She admits that, “I didn’t know it would be this much of a headache! But I also enjoy it because its something I’m passionate about and I feel like its doing something better for the animals. It’s going to be a long way, but I feel like we’re moving forward.”

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It has a bit of a sad story behind it though. “When my dog died a few months back,” Jinri recounts, “it really changed me and made me think about my dog’s happiness. As owners, we think about our satisfaction: the dog comforts me, I need companionship. I never thought of it the other way around.” She recalls that her dog “was a Shetland Sheepdog and she was three. At that time, I was in PBB and I was really busy—so I was not there for a good few months. I think she got depressed and it really affected me because it was my responsibility.”

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PHOTO: Paolo Pineda

These days, Jinri has a lot on her plate, but the key difference for her is that they’re all pursuits of her own choosing. “Before, I would do things that I didn’t want to do. I would take on some things that were half-forced. But I’ve learned after becoming more mature that you have to do things you enjoy. If you don’t, you’re going to be miserable.”


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Our November Muse still has plans for showbiz, with action-related projects on the way born from her penchant for jiujitsu and muay thai. But in all her future endeavors, it’s her terms that are to be followed first and foremost. “As a modern-day woman, you have to choose your priorities. You have to be passionate about what you work for. Just stick with it even if it may not be working or earning as much as you want in the beginning. I say just follow it.”

Photography Paolo Pineda Interview Ash Mahinay Styling Matt Gozun Makeup Denise Go Ochoa Hair MJ Rone for Revlon Professional Produced by Khatrina Bonagua Shot on location at Anytime Fitness Maginhawa (99 Maginhawa, St, Teacher's Village East, Quezon City)

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