StarStruck V Female Survivors admit that after the show they have become more conscious with their looks every time they go out in public. We're talking about Sarah Lahbati, Diva Montelaba, Nina Kodaka, Rox Montealagre, Princess Snell, Zeryl Lim, and Fianca Cruz.
The gals' fashion savvy was very evident when they visited the Summit Media offices recently. Everyone dressed up for their meeting with the magazine and website editors.
Ultimate Female Survivor Sarah Lahbati, 19, said that being part of show business means, "Of course, being an example na rin sa youth."
That's why she always grooms herself well whenever she steps out of her house. She explained, "Kung lalabas siya ako na ngarag-ngaragan ang buhok ko, siyempre, parang nakakahiya rin naman. Kasi, para sa akin I'm trying to be an example sa mga youth."
Princess Snell, 18, said that it has been a conscious effort for her to look beautiful because, "Hindi mo alam kung sino ang mami-meet mo. Like in our job, siyempre, everyday makakakita ka ng matataas na tao, kaya dapat ganun palagi. Pero, hindi naman ako OA na kailangang mag-makeup every day. Pero if ever may mga events or mga meeting na katulad nito, talagang sinisigurado ko na ako ang nagdadamit sa sarili ko."
StarStruck did not only make its Female Survivors become more conscious about the clothes they wear; the show also brought about some changes in their personal styles.
Diva Montelaba, 19, said, "Being an artista, sobrang opposite 'yong fashion sense ko. I like to wear rugged jeans with rubber shoes or sneakers. Wala lang, that's how I am, lalong-lalo na before StarStruck. I was really just an ordinary woman.
"I don't really mean that my fashion sense changed. But then, kailangan, e. During this kind of event, I really wear a dress. But if I'm really given the chance, I'd rather stick to my fashion style."
Fianca Cruz, 19, agreed, "Sobrang maraming nabago. 'Yong usual na hindi ko nasusuot na damit, nasusuot ko na. Nag-upgrade 'yong level ng fashion sense ko. So, ayon, sobrang nabago talaga, which is good for me, siyempre."
Zeryl Lim, 20, said that these changes have given her more self-confidence. "I'm starting to get used to wearing clothes that are a little more clothing-and-stuff just to boost my self-esteem, show that I am confident. Kasi, I wouldn't be where I am now, if they didn't see anything in me."
Filipino-Japanese Nina Kodaka, 20, had to make some adjustments too when she joined StarStruck.
She told PEP that her personal style was really inspired by Japanese Fashion. Nina added, "Hindi ko masabing sinusunod ang fashion style ng Japan totally dito kasi, talagang mawi-weirduhan sila sa fashion namin. Pero gustung-gusto ko ang fashion ng Japan."
Amid such changes and adjustments, Rox Montealegre, 19, always reminds herself not to lose her own identity. For her, "Fashion is seasonal, but style is eternal. I really think, you know, parang iba talaga 'yong uso pero I stick to myself, which is more of, like simple lang."
ON THEIR PERSONAL STYLES. As a group, according to Diva, they have their own stylist. But, of course, they still follow their own styles and wear what's comfortable for them.
She told PEP, "What's important is that you yourself know your fashion sense. Kasi, di ba, kapag dinadamitan ka ng iba 'tapos hindi ka comfortable. I think the best stylist you could have is yourself."
Fianca seconded, "Sa akin kasi, as long as comfortable ako. 'Tapos kung kaya mo naman dalhin, madadala mo naman 'yon kahit gaano pa siya kasimple, di ba? Huwag ka magpapadala sa damit na baka lalo kang magmukhang trash. Be simple and comfortable."
Rox always looks for quality and comfort above all when shopping for clothes. "For me, it's more of like what suits you than what you want. Kasi, sometimes it wouldn't really matter, e. Like ako, mahilig ako sa long dresses, but I don't look shorter that way. I think, find what you're comfortable in and look good in, not just kung ano ang uso."
Princess wasn't shy about her preference for clothing, which she described as "OA." She said, "Talagang 'yong tipong hindi ako puwedeng umalis nang hindi maganda ang damit ko. I don't know why. Kaya nga sabi nila, bongga daw ako, 'Lady Gaga' daw ako. Every time I go out, alam mo 'yon, hindi ako nagpapapansin but that's the way I am. Iba-iba kasi ang tao, 'yong iba, simple lang. Ako talaga, bongga."
Zeryl, who was pressured to lose weight since she entered showbiz, said she could spend more on shoes than on her clothes. "Kasi, I really, really, love shoes. For me, parang 'yon talaga ang nagdadala. I make it a point na talagang, I don't really splurge for myself. But there are times when I have to splurge on my shoes."
She added, "For my clothes naman, I make sure that I wear something that's flattering to my figure. Since medyo malapad ang balakang ko, I try to compensate for it by buying those jeans [like Jennifer Lopez's]."
Nina had to tone down her Japanese-inspired fashion style when she arrived in the country.
"Hindi ko masabing sinusunod ang fashion style ng Japan totally dito kasi, talagang mawi-weirduhan sila sa fashion namin," she said. "Sobrang laki ng difference dito. Kasi, dito, kapag naka-mini skirt ka, naka-backless or naka-shorts, sobrang parang ang sama-sama mong tao. Pero hindi ko na masyadong iniisip 'yon. Kahit nasa mall ako, naka-shorts ako, naka-skirt ako."
Above all the advice, Sarah said that every girl should always keep this in mind when shopping: "As long as matibay 'yong products, 'yon ang importante, matibay and maganda."