Filipino-American singer Geoff Taylor has come a long way from being an aspiring model to a reality talent search show contestant.
Although Geoff failed to clinch the top plum in ABS-CBN's Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) in 2006, the Olongapo City-native bounced back strongly to win GMA-7's Are You The Next Big Star? honors alongside Frencheska Farr.
The victory opened windows of opportunity for Geoff not just in singing but also in acting. He is currently seen in Daisy Siete's "Adam or Eve" episode and Geoff's inclusion as a regular in the Sunday musical variety show Party Pilipinas earns him considerable exposure.
There's another reason for Geoff to smile nowadays: The 24-year-old singer is part of YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars for 2010.
At the launching held Tuesday, June 22, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Avenue in Quezon City, Geoff said that the recognition continues to be a total surprise.
"Kasi usually 'yong mga napapasama dito talagang mga big stars talaga and ako nagsisimula pa lang ako and hindi ko ine-expect. Sobrang thankful ako and tuwang-tuwa," Geoff told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the press conference.
Yesterday's event saw the public unveiling of the annual issue's cover. Aside from cover girl, Kim Chiu, the special occasion was attended by celebrities who also made it to the list: Kris Bernal, Aljur Abrenica, Chris Cayzer, Melissa Ricks, Jason Abalos, Jay-R, Bangs Garcia, Mercedes Cabral, Ron Morales, and Ogie Alcasid.
Sharing one table with all the stars mentioned made Geoff star-struck.
"Kasi before hindi ko talaga in-expect na mapapasok ako sa showbiz and heto nandito ako ngayon, hindi ko in-expect na makakasama ko 'tong mga big stars. Aaminin ko, medyo hindi pa ako sanay and naiilang pa ako kaya hindi ako masyadong nakikipag-usap sa kanila," said Geoff.
He specially mentioned Kim and Kris, describing the two stars "pretty" and "sweet-looking."
WORKING OUT FOR THE BIG NIGHT. Geoff will be part of the much-anticipated Bench fashion show this coming July. This event is known for featuring some of the hottest celebrities clad only in their underwear.
"Kahit na busy kami sa taping, pinipilit ko pa rin mag-gym," Geoff beamed proudly. "Actually, naghahabol na ako kasi ang body ko galing sa pagka-totoy, e. Matagal na 'kong hindi nakakapag-gym, so, kahit papaano pinipilit kong mag-work out."
Geoff said he's more excited than nervous for the upcoming event since it's his dream dating back to when he was starting out in the field of modeling: "Ito 'yong sobrang pinangarap ko nung nasa modeling pa lang ako. Before, iniisip ko, gusto ko lang magka-billboard for them 'tapos heto magkakaroon pa ng fashion show."
He smiled shyly when asked if he considers having a sexy image after the event.
"Kailangang mag-work out po muna para hindi nakakahiya," replied Geoff. "Basta maganda naman sa paningin ng tao and hindi naman nakakahiya, puwede naman po siguro."