Between the release of Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the spotlight on Asian women has never shone as bright. Riding on the high of seeing someone just like us on the big screen, we wanted to shine the light on these Filipina women in publishing. May they inspire you and instill in you the belief that you can be anything you want.
Kathleen Suico is beauty assistant at Allure. Her perennially tan skin (she’ll never touch a skin-lightening cream according to her author bio) and almond eyes make a constant appearance in Allure’s social media assets. You’ve probably seen her testing out the best eyeliners for doing a severe cat-eye, swatching the latest eye shadow palette, or wading through the endless press packages from different beauty brands. If you love reading all the Best of Beauty lists on Allure, you’re probably reading Kat’s work.
Christine Centenera hangs with all the cool cats of fashion. She is after all the fashion director at Vogue Australia. She’s a constant front row fixture at Fashion Week and her outfits are chronicled by most street style photographers. The Fil-Aussie recently launched her own e-tail brand Wardrobe.NYC with Josh Goot. She has played stylist to top models like Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, and Hollywood big names like Cate Blanchett. Before heading to Vogue, she was fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar for a whole decade. She recently consulted with Virgil Abloh and styled his Spring/Summer 2019 menswear collection for Louis Vuitton. Um, have we mentioned she’s friends with the Kardashians?
Giselle Go planted her roots in publishing here in Manila. She was an editor at Summit Media, working in Candy, Preview, and Marie Claire. She was only 26 years old when she became editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. After four years, she moved to Mediacorp to work at STYLE:, STYLE: MEN, and High. She has recently launched DAMDAM, a thoughtfully-made natural skin care line developed in Japan with a Parisian chemist. Their products are sourced from local ingredients and created with no toxic chemicals. She still works as a multi-content specialist from Japan with bylines in South China Morning Post.
Kissa Castañeda-McDermott is editor in chief of Singapore Tatler and T.Dining by Singapore Tatler. She worked for Preview formerly as fashion assistant and lifestyle editor before joining Elle Decoration as its associate editor. You’ll see her constantly traveling, discovering new places and seeking interesting spaces all over the world.
Eunice Lucero is currently editor in chief of All Things Hair and The Numinous in New York. Her feed is an amalgamation of all things beauty, astrology, and of course, fabulous hair. Before pursuing a publishing career in the Big Apple, she was editor in chief of Sparkling Magazine and managing editor of Preview.ph. She also worked at Preview as associate editor and held positions at Sugarsugar and Pink magazine.
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