No other summer night was better. The moon was up, and it was gorgeous. But however stunning it was, the real star was, still is Cara Fernandez.
Was there ever any doubt? By the time the shoot had ended, we all agreed there no was other star in the sky that shone brighter than her, at least in this moment and time.
It was a long time coming. She was shy and reserved at first, her movements safe and calculated, and possibly unlikely to satisfy any man’s appetite for sexy. She was still inside her cocoon, that much we could say.
So imagine our surprise, when halfway through the shoot, things just started clicking, clicking away. To what do we owe this sudden burst of energy, like a butterfly had just emerged from inside a hairy shell?
We could say it was all thanks to the photographer’s pesky persistence. To his credit, that was indeed a huge part.
But no factor could be bigger than Cara's decision to just let go, and shoot for the stars. We were there to witness it all, to see a silkworm let us in on a beautiful secret.
Unfortunately, “Shh don’t tell anyone,” is a command we’ve always had trouble following. And now, she’s here for all and one to see.
Howlers, howl away. Playful hands, keep at bay.
You were looking nervous before the shoot began. How are you feeling now?
Unang-una pagod. Hindi ko alam na nakakapagod din pala talaga mag-photoshoot. Kapag tumitingin ka ng mga pictures sa magazine parang akala mo madali lang pero hindi rin pala.
Akala ko basta magsusuot lang two-piece, tapos ok na. Eh eto may striptease pa, o ‘di ba? Ang init na nga, papainitin ko pa lalo.
Tapos siyempre ngayon kinakabahan pa rin, kasi wala naman talaga akong experience sa mga ganito. First time ko talaga, kaya yung kaba ko talaga ko nung simula sobra. As in wala talaga akong alam sa pag-pose ng sexy.
What spurred you on to take this challenge?
Basta sabi lang ng friend ko, grab the opportunity. You guys invited me, and hindi naman araw-araw na may mag-aaya sa iyo na mag-pose for FHM. So ayun, I took it.
What did you do to prepare for the shoot, then? Did you try to imagine the poses you were going to do?
Oo, inisip ko na talaga, a couple of days before the shoot pa. Pero nung nasa shoot na, parang hindi ko pa rin kaya. Iniisip ko kasi parang hindi bagay ‘yung mga poses na ganyan. I don’t even take pictures of myself using my cellphone. Haha.
Most pretty girls have that habit. Can we say that you’re simply not vain and you don’t enjoy looking at your own pictures as some girls do?
Hindi kasi maganda ang tingin ko sa sarili ko ‘eh…Cute lang! Siguro dati masasabi ko pa na talagang sexy ako, pero ngayon I’ve put on a couple of pounds. Haha.
Well, you don't look like you were feeling uncomfortable in the clothes the stylist made you wear.
Medyo kaya! Kasi feel ko medyo malaki yung mga suot kong underwear. Yun lang yung alinlangan ko.
INTERVIEW BY: GELO GONZALES
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: PAOLO RUIZ
MAKEUP BY: DIANA DE CASTRO
STYLING BY: DEB BERNALES
Clothes from Plains & Prints, Lingerie from Hotpink, Accessories from OLEIC
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