As their popularity grows, celebrities feel the need to improve their looks. After all, looking good is a requirement in show business. But what if they not only change their looks but also their gender?
Read about who we have in this second Showbiz Transformations list and get to know two of the celebs who reinvented themselves—as in making a total change in image.
POPS GOES THE WORLD. Maria Cielito "Pops" Lukban Fernandez had a nip of showbiz life in 1979 when her godfather Tito Sotto exposed her to Eat...Bulaga!, Tito's show with brother Vic and friend Joey de Leon. But it was in 1982 that the International School alumna broke through the local music scene with her first hit, "Dito."
Hairdo with spray net and face fully made up, the sweet-looking 16-year-old daughter of the 60's action star Eddie Fernandez and actress Dulce Lukban, sang in Eat...Bulaga! and captured the hearts of Pinoys ever since.
She made the short-cropped hairstyle looked cool for girls. Large dangling earrings, padded shoulder blouse, and tight pants with leg-warmers were the rage among teenage girls who emulate her teenybopper fashion style. And the way she sang—mic hand's fingers tapping the microphone handle while singing—was the benchmark of those who were inspired by her performances. The bedimpled Pops was so adored by her fans during the early days of her career, and drawing large crowds to her concerts, that the press gave her the title "Concert Queen."
Years after all the hit songs, movies, TV shows, and surviving her failed marriage with Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez has gone through numerous transformations. From her teenybopper look, to her glamorous diva phase, through her fashionably sophisticated present self. She even had a sexy image phase that landed her on the cover of the country's leading men's magazine FHM Philippines.
Now, obviously happy and content with her personal life and career, Pops continues to look fabulous as she ages gracefully.
FROM MAMA MARIAN TO HOT MARIMAR. Marian Rivera began her showbiz career after being discovered in a biscuit commercial by TAPE, Inc. head Tony Tuviera. She first starred in the GMA-7 afternoon soap Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako, then in Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat, and finally in Pinakamamahal with Oyo Sotto. GMA then cast her in mother roles in the Philippine-Malaysian drama Muli and in the primetime telefantasya Super Twins. During those times, hair neatly tied to a pony tail, no makeup and simple clothes were always the required look for Marian to project the conservative wholesome mother-look.
It was after her audition for the lead role in the GMA-7 adaptation of the Mexican telenovela MariMar that Marian's transformation began. From being an almost irrelevant character, this De La Salle University-Dasmariñas A.B. Psychology graduate became the hottest TV personality in local showbiz today.
Marian's status as being the Kapuso Network's hottest star continues as she leads the network's top-rating telefantasya Dyesebel. Men were so affected by her incredible sex appeal, that she is even considered to be one of the leading contenders for this year's FHM Philippines' Sexiest Woman title, despite the fact that she have not even posed for the magazine yet.
CHANGING JONALYN. Jonalyn Viray joined GMA Network's singing search Pinoy Pop Superstar and became its first grand champion.
After winning, she took advantage of one part of her winnings to improve her looks. She used her P100,000 gift certificate from the Belo Medical Group and underwent rhinoplasty to improve her marketability. Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure of correcting or altering the shape of the nose. In one TV interview—although not specifying what part of her body she had done by the Belo Medical Group—she admitted she indeed went under the knife to improve her looks and to boost further her confidence in facing people.
Today, aside from getting rave reviews for her performances, Jonalyn continues to shine as one of the country's top singers and a source of the country's pride when she won the the title Industry Award Female Vocal solo for winning five gold medals in the 2006 World Championships of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, U.S.A.
COMING OUT. Aiza Seguerra became one of local show business's most popular child star after winning a place in Eat...Bulaga!'s Little Miss Philippines 1987 contest.
She made her mark in showbiz with a string of hit movies before her appeal as a child star lessened. As she grew up, it was obvious she wanted to be different. There were attempts to drum up a love team between her and Streetboys member Spencer Reyes, but all these failed and Aiza chose to take a break from show business.