After weeks of speculation, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards were declared as YES! Magazine’s Most Beautiful Stars for 2016.
At the presscon held at Luxent Hotel today, July 11, Maine revealed that gracing the cover of YES! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful issue came as a huge surprise for her.
“Honestly, nagulat ako.
“Alam naman ng lahat na ang lagi kong ginagawa is lukutin yung mukha ko, magpapangit…
“And then, ibinalita sa akin na kami magko-cover ng 100 Most Beautiful.
“Pero siyempre, it’s an honor for us to grace the cover of 100 Most Beautiful,” said Maine who marked her first year in showbiz last week.
Alden, for his part, admitted that it was his longtime dream to land the much-coveted cover of YES! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars.
“I’ve been in YES! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful for six years since I started [in showbiz]. Six years na.
“Palagi ko sinasabi sa YES! Magazine staff, kina Ms. Jo-Ann Maglipon [YES! and PEP editor-in-chief], ‘Dream ko makapag-cover. Cover naman.’
“Parang this is the perfect time to cover since Maine and I met.
“This is the perfect time to be the cover of 100 Most Beautiful. Nagkatotoo na [yung dream ko].”
EFFORTLESS. Maine, however, was still hesitant to answer questions about how she stays beautiful, saying, “Am I even beautiful in the first place? Huy, hindi.”
She further explained, “Well, kasi honestly, ako kasi, siguro if yung basehan ko ng beautiful ang pagbabasehan ko, I would say na I’m confidently beautiful.
“Kasi medyo mahirap pa ako ma-convince sa physical appearance ko, e, na maganda ako.
“Ewan ko, nasa akin na talaga, hindi mawawala sa akin [yung ganung thinking].”
The Dubsmash Queen further said that she doesn’t mind doing comic faces for TV projects or endorsements even now that bigger opportunities are lined up for her.
“Hanggang ngayon, ginagawa ko pa rin.
“Actually, yung ibang endorsements, ang gusto nila [nagpapapangit ng mukha] kasi dun ako nakilala ng tao.
“Kaya eto talaga [YES! Magazine Most Beautiful tag]… ewan ko,” said Maine.
When told that only she can pull off such comic faces while remaining beautiful at the same time, the Dubsmash Queen humbly reiterated, “Sa akin kasi nababagay yung pagpapangit. Effortless po sa akin yung pagpapapangit.”
What’s more interesting is that Maine’s talent for Dubsmash endeared her not only to the millions of fans of her tandem with Alden, but even to the Pambansang Bae himself.
“Nakakahawa po siya,” Alden pointed out during the presscon.
“Pero minsan lang naman namin gawin together [comic faces]. Mostly, serious kaming dalawa kapag magkasama.
“Pero yun na yung natural ni Maine, e—to do those kind of faces, kaya minsan nakakahawa.”
BEING BEAUTIFUL. In spite of the phenomenal success of their love team, both Maine and Alden have clearly kept their feet on the ground with the way they defined what really makes a person beautiful.
Maine said, “For me being beautiful is not about the physical appearance at all.
“It’s more on what is inside. If you are a good person, if you are a genuine person, if you have good intentions—yun po yung definition ng beautiful for me.
“Siguro secondary na lang yung physical attributes. But it’s all about the kind of person you are.”
In the same vein, Alden shared that being beautiful means cultivating meaningful relationships with the people around him.
The Kapuso actor added, “Kasi for them—your friends and the ones you meet every day—ang maaalala lang naman nila sa iyo, at the end of the day, are the things you’ve done na mabubuti.
“You’re a beautiful person if you are able to establish relationships that are worth your while.”