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
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.
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.
She reappeared with a hit song, "Pagdating ng Panahon" and
this time, Aiza came out in the open about her sexuality despite pressure from
people around her, telling her that "coming out" would be detrimental to her
career. She proved them wrong.
Nowadays Aiza is seen with her partner Chen Sarte, who is
said to be not only her girlfriend but also Aiza's career manager.
Rustom Padilla was marketed as a dramatic actor in the mold of Christopher de
Leon and Richard Gomez when he started his career in 1992. He also did action
movies, even starring at one time with younger brother Robin Padilla in the
Rustom dated actress Carmina Villarroel. Amidst rumors
questioning Rustom's gender, he and Carmina married in 1994. They separated in
After hosting the Philippine version of The Wheel of Fortune (1997) and starring in the action-fantasy TV
show Pintados (1999), Rustom flew to
the States to study filmmaking.
On his return to the Philippines in 2006, he entered the Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition
reality show and it was there that he admitted being gay.
After PBBCE, he
did the movie version of Zsa Zsa
Zaturnnah, for which he won the Best Actor Award from the Manunuri ng
Pelikulang Pilipino in Gawad Urian.
He signed up with GMA Network and did La Vendetta.
In a Startalk
episode where he was interviewed after winning his Best Actor award, he told
his mother, former movie actress Eva Carino, "Aminin niyo, Ma. Ako ang
pinakamaganda n'yong anak. Aminin niyo na iyan. Ako ang nagmana sa kagandahan
For the photos of these stars who changed their looks—and
their genders—click on the link at the caption box above.