Maymay Entrata has bloomed right before our eyes since she won Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 in 2017.
Now, Maymay is the newest favorite celebrity muse, with renowned fashion designers—including Dubai-based Filipino couturier Furne One and top fashion designer Rajo Laurel—lining up to get her on their respective runway shows.
Helping the 21-year-old Kapamilya achieve her dream of becoming a model are her fairy godmother, aka stylists Rain Dagala and Em Millian.
In a recent interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Rain shared some of his thoughts on Maymay's style transformation after a year of working with her.
How did he end up being Maymay's stylist?
"May time nung PBB na lumabas sila from December, pinapabihisan na siya sa akin from time to time.
"'Tapos nung big night, ako yung nagbihis sa kanya nun.
"After they went out, nag-ikot-ikot muna siya and then two weeks after, pumunta na siya sa akin."
MAYMAY'S FASHION JOURNEY
Next thing Rain did was find the young star's signature look.
He told PEP.ph, "We started with looks na we feel the fans can relate to.
"And si Maymay, may preference siya to girly, feminine pieces.
"Lagi niya sinasabi, 'Sir, gusto ko, elegant lang ako.' So doon kami nag-umpisa."
At the moment, Rain and his style team are not experimenting on new looks for Maymay.
But, he added, "...we want to bring relatability into another place... a place na parang she personifies someone na na-achieve yung dreams niya.
"Siya yung nag-full circle na dati faney, nanalo sa reality show, naging artista, ngayon ganap na siya.
"So gusto ko mag-escalatae doon without losing her core na may hint ng pagka-simple."
The former magazine editor is just grateful for the trust Maymay has given him ever since they started working together.
"Pinagkakatiwala niya talaga lahat sa amin. Nagsasabi lang siya ng mga hindi niya gusto, like ayaw niya ng revealing masyado.
"Nothing more than that, the rest naman pinagkakatiwala niya sa akin.
"Ako naman, hindi ko yung inaabuso. I always make sure na pag may gusto akong mangyari, nira-run through ko sa kanya."
BEST FASHION MOMENTS
PEP.ph asked Rain to name three of Maymay's best fashion moments.
His most favorite look to date: The white Mark Bumgarner ball gown which she wore at the Star Magic Ball 2017.
He explained, "Ever since naman talaga nakikitaan siya ng potential pero parang feeling ko, yun yung nag-seal ng deal na she is someone you can transform.
"Ang goal namin dalawa na... Di ba usually pag first timer ka sa Star Magic Ball, you need to have your princess moment?
"Gusto namin ng princess moment, pero gusto namin siya ire-interpret na kung pano siya ngayong 2017, ganun dapat yung itsura niya."
Maymay's angel-inspired look for ABS-CBN Ball 2018 came in close second.
Her gown was designed by Furne One.
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ANGEL IN DISGUISE A year after, Maymay’s career has changed drastically – concerts, albums, movies, shows, endorsements. With this, she really wanted to offer this night to her fans, those that have helped bring her to where she is now, those she fondly calls her angels, those that give her wings. #MAYMAYENTRATA (@maymay) for the #ABSCBNBALL2018 Gown by FURNE AMATO (@amatoofficial) JOSH YUGEN (@josh_yugen) (@yugen_pr) Jewelry by JJ JIAO (@Jj_Jiao) Hair Accessories by BROADWAY GEMS (@broadwaygems) Custom Shoes by NEREKU (@nereku) Make up by OWEN SARMIENTO (@owensarmiento) Hair by JAYMAR LAHAYLAHAY (@jaymarlahaylahay) Styling by RAIN P. DAGALA (@rainierdagala) and EM MILLAN (@emmillan) Assisted by CHINO AGUILAR (@chinobrownleeaguilar), REGINE ALDABA (@reginealdaba), JOHN DONOR (@johndonor_), TRIXIE PLATON (@trixieplaton) and SOFIA BRAVO (@s.pbravo) Photo and Video Production Team Photography by CALIBER KING (@caliberking) and PAT DY (@patdy11) Creative Direction by MERLITO PABATAO (@merlitopabatao) Videography by BOBBY MADATU (@bobbymadd) Special thanks to STARMAGIC (@starmagicphils), LOVE CAPULONG (@lovecapulong), SMILE MAGBOO (@smileydood), and NIK GONZALES (@nik.gonzales)
Last but definitely not the least, Rain picked Maymay's pink ball gown which she wore during the Big Night of Pinoy Big Brother.
The stylist recalled the last few moments before Maymay was named the season's Big Winner, "Nung binihisan ko siya sa 'Big Night,' nagkulong kaming dalawa for thirty minutes.
"Hindi kami puwedeng labas-pasok lang kasi technically, they're still locked pa sa outside world.
"Nakulong kami sa room, nag-usap kaming dalawa. Ang tagal namin nag-fitting.
"Nung pag-zipper ko talaga sa kanya, iba talaga yung feeling ko parang, 'Ito talaga yung mananalo.'
"Lahat kami, maganda yung experience ko nung inikot ko silang apat, pero yung kay Maymay, meron talaga siyang air of someone who is hungry but very, very rooted.
"Nakatapak yung paa niya sa lupa pero gustung-gusto niya yung nangyayari sa kanya."