It's not unusual to find majority of pre-adolescent girls fretting, fuming and fumbling endlessly as they search for the best fashion styles to fit their unique looks and personalities.
Tween actress Bea Binene counts herself lucky for having found hers at an early age.
At 14, the young Kapuso star already knows what she wants when it comes to fashion.
For the GMA Artist Center Ball, held on November 8 at the Shangri-La Hotel Makati, Bea sought the help of designer to the stars, Nat Manilag.
"I requested lang for a more tough peg, more tough image. And then Kuya Mat made me a gown," Bea told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the ball's red carpet.
"I requested lang for a gown na parang medyo dark, medyo tough."
Ideally, "tough" spells black and so this neutral color was used as the general motif of her gown.
Her figure-hugging serpentina dress is a mix of fabrics that created an illusion of a sexier form.
The bodice of the dress is of white satin with a black lace overlay. The bottom half is made of jet black thick satin.
A ruche of black chiffon is added to her small waist emphasizing her slim figure.
In addition to her color specification, Bea asked for another detail from her designer:
"Sinabi ko rin sana kahit papaano, ayoko ng tube kasi, so sana meron lang kahit nagho-hold [sa neckline]."
Bea admits that she is not very fond of the strapless style.
She explains why:
"Kasi po dati nung [shooting for] Tween Academy, naka-tube ako and [hassle] kasi angat ako ng angat even in public. Ayoko nang maulit yun.
"Buti naman nagawan ng paraan ni Kuya Nat."
The young actress generally liked the idea of the one-shoulder top: it's sexy but not annoying.
In fact, this cut is recommended for girls her age who are still too young to go bare-chested, but old enough to start exploring their assets.
The secured shoulder allows the wearer to be carefree without worrying about having a wardrobe malfunction.
Bea went to a party after all, so she deserved to enjoy the night without getting distracted by her outfit.