American Idol season 11 finalist Jessica Sanchez is the latest celebrity to join the roster of local clothing brand Bench’s international endorsers.
The American-Mexican singer with Filipino roots was formally introduced on September 25, through a press conference held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong.
That afternoon, she wore a yellow statement shirt that says “Music & Me”—a perfect description of how her passion for music turned her life around and become a new-age fashion icon.
JESSICA AND MUSIC. In her interview with program host Ginger Conejero, Jessica recalled her childhood and how she discovered a knack for singing at the age of two.
Among her favorite songs back then were hits by Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and the late Whitney Houston.
The 17-year-old said she felt glad about the opportunity to sing Whitney’s hit “I Will Always Love You” on American Idol.
That episode was aired live in the US, just days after the Grammy award-winning singer passed away on February 11.
It became one of Jessica’s most memorable performances on the show, along with her duet with Broadway legend Jennifer Holiday.
Together, they belted out the hit “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)” from the musical Dreamgirls on the show's final episode.
She also named her performance of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” as one of her one of her favorites.
Her talent in hitting powerful high notes became Jessica’s signature move, which made fans and critics tag her as the “next big diva.”
JESSICA AND FASHION. Of course, when people say diva—as in Whitney, Celine, and Mariah proportions—they’re not just talking about vocal prowess, but classy fashion sense as well.
Jessica admitted that prior to Idol, she never really had a liking for tasteful clothing.
She says she would go to her high school in Chula Vista, California wearing the most boring shirt she could find in her closet.
It was only when she finally got to meet professional stylists on the show that she began to discover her own style.
Her fashion mood board includes a lot of glam rock items—lots of black, some solid hues, glitter accents, leather, denim jeans, and spiky boots that are similar to what she was wore at the presscon.
At the recent American Idol Live Tour 2012 concert, held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on September 21, Jessica wore several sparkly outfits.
First, she donned a glittery black and gold asymmetrical dress with black tights and high heels.
For her next set, the black and gold dress was peeled to reveal a shimmering blue top and black skirt underneath.
On days when she would be performing mellow hits—as in the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C. on May 27, where she sang “Star Spangled Banner”—Jessica opts for floor length gowns that carefully trace her lean figure.
She’s also learned to appreciate designer pieces like the Donatella Versace dress she wore on June 12, when she also sang the American national anthem at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City for the opening ceremonies of the NBA Finals.
For casual outings, like her September 20 appearance in Eat Bulaga!, she wears comfortable stuff like loose tops, shorts or skinny jeans, and booties or high heels.
Jessica says, as time goes by, she is learning how to embrace her new identity—both as a rising singing star and a fashion icon to a younger set of Filipino women.