City life could be tough. It's eat or be eaten. It's either you win or you die. For someone as petite as this month's hottie, Arra Pascual, that harsh reality couldn't be any more pronounced. Little girl in a big city. It's the perfect premise for for some Hollywood movie about chasing dreams amidst a sea of real nightmares.
Consider ourselves blessed then to have a protagonist who's gifted with ambition and drive. She's going to make it, she tells us. And just by looking at her eyes, we could tell that her words are true and pure.
Flashback to Arra's childhood. Coming from a family of lawyers, this beauty from Zamboanga del Norte notes that her upbringing was very conservative. For a free soul such as her, naturally, her rebellious spirit takes over. She decides to follow her dream, which,in her own words, is to become a public figure. It's a goal that she has party fulfilled, seeing as she's now in our pages, and also, a DJ on-the-rise.
Yet, Arra remains hungry. At one point in our conversation with her, we tell her, "You seem pretty feisty." She considers it a big compliment, and thanks us. Yet, she doesn't believe it. She can be tougher, she says. Life still has a lot to teach her, and by her body language and tone, we could tell that she's more than willing to learn. That is where we truly realized that this lady is really something. She's stunning, intoxicating in more ways than one, but what we found sexiest about her is that she's bold enough to continue taking forward steps toward her goal. Will she succeed? She says to check back in 5 years. Odds are though our protagonist won't be one to sink.
We've known you to be naturally daring, but you seemed a little uncomfortable in the start.
Maybe because I was expecting another model to be here. I think it’s fine if there are two of us, two naked girls walking around. It’s pretty much normal. But if it’s only you walking around naked in a room full of guys, medyo intimidating siya for a girl. Especially ang liit liit ko pa, tapos kayo ang laki nyo pa.
So you’d be more comfortable if there was another girl naked? Does this imply that you have lesbian tendencies.
Yeah, I’m bi.
Ah talaga? That’s cool.
It’s really normal if you come from an all-girls school.
It’s not common for us to have a model readily tell us that they’re bi.
Really? Are you going to tell my parents? Are they going to read this ba? Are you going to publish? Oh, should we not?Ha ha, it’s ok. What the hell, right?
When did you find out that you were attracted to girls?
In high school, I felt it already. But it was in college that I really became aware that uy this is happening pala. I don’t have to hide in the closet, and that it’s ok, because so many other girls are just like me too.
How did it feel when you got into college, and that you found out it was ok to be bi?
It felt like an explosion. When you’re very protected, and everyone around you, growing up, is so conservative, you just explode.
So your upbringing was really conservative?
Yeah, my father and grandfather are lawyers, and everyone in the family expects me to be like them. So, it was tough for me. Maybe that’s why I did a lot of rebelling in my teen years.
How rebellious were you?
Wow! Ha ha, are we gonna go there? Hmm, I’ll give you an example. Back then, I liked sneaking out with whoever my boyfriend was at the time. And I never got caught!
Is your tattoo part of your rebellion too?
Sort of, but I just kind of thought that it would be cool to have a tat. My dad found out about it a year after I got it. He didn’t really react to it anymore because I got it when I was already 19. It was pretty much legal then.
So your folks loosened up when you turned 18?
Well, not really. Not 100%. But from how they were when I was a minor, I could say they’ve changed by around 50%. Ha ha.
You come from a strict family, a family of lawyers, and now you’re in a field that involves creative expression and freedom. How did that come about?
My grandpa, I know that he was very artistic, and he’s actually a musician at heart. Every Sunday, he would have his entire day for music. And that was his way of you know, expressing himself. Kasi, in the real world, he’s all work. For me siguro, in our generation, we’re all about freedom. We don’t really care what other people will say as long as it makes us happy. That’s simply the generation we’re living in right now. My grandpa would probably do the same if he’s in our generation. Maybe they think that I don’t have a future, but I know I’m going to be somewhere—even if it’s not the path they want for me.
Where do you see yourself a couple of years from now?
I want to be a public figure. I don’t know what it is yet. I don’t know if I’m going to be a singer, an actress or a DJ. All I know is I’m going to be in the field of entertainment. It’s either I’m a bum or an entertainer. If I could choose what to do forever, I’d choose to be a performer.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: JERICO MONTEMAYOR
STYLING: JOYCE CUSTODIO
MAKEUP: RHINA MONTEMAYOR
HAIR: KLICKS VICTORIA
SPECIAL THANKS TO MASH MOJICA AND CARLO LAZARO