Ever since posing for FHM Philippines Magazine in 2011, things have turned for the better for 24-year-old Korean model Jinri Park.
She was launched late last year as a radio jock for Monster Radio RX 93.1.
From midnight deejay, she now co-hosts the station's daily primetime show JinTomnia with DJ Tom Alvarez, plus a segment of the Hip26 Sunday block.
Also, from being an “FHM babe,” Jinri now writes a regular advice column for the publication.
And recently, she has teamed up with RAWR Books to launch the country’s first gravure book called The Jinri Park Experience.
WHAT IS GRAVURE? At the book launch, held July 29 at the Robinsons Galleria Mall in Ortigas, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Jinri what gravure—pronounced as grah-vyur—is all about.
“The gravure concept means to have an unknown model or sort of an unknown model—not a celebrity.
“She has to be East Asian-looking—meaning Korean, Japanese or Chinese—and [the styling] has to be all-natural, like it can’t be too made up.
“You can’t look like…you know what I mean? Like FHM. I like FHM, but gravure can’t be glamorous like that.
“It has to be teasing but, like, awkward poses, awkward lighting.”
This type of publication is reported to be famous among male readers in Japan.
Similar books feature female models wearing innocently sexy outfits, and posing in innocently seductive settings like getting out of bed or eating breakfast.
“I guess the concept worked for me because I’m not exactly a celebrity, so I fit that criteria.
“Also, I'm Korean, so definitely I’m East Asian-looking girl.
“And, you know, we just played around with lights, with just natural look, so that’s really how gravure is and how it came about,” Jinri added.