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Meet the "It Girls" of Manila Through the Years

Defining generations, these women had the staying power.
Meet the "It Girls" of Manila Through the Years
Defining generations, these women had the staying power.

Every so often, a woman manages to captivate society with her beauty, style, and that elusive X-factor. It is then that an "It girl" is born. And more often than not, she captures the attention of everyone in her orbit.

The term "It girl" has been used loosely in recent years, so to put things in perspective, here is a list of women who owned the "It girl" status at some point or another, and proved their staying power in social circles.


Chona Recto-Kasten

Chona Kasten was born Maria Priscilla Recto to statesman Claro M. Recto and wife Angelina Silos. Her beginnings as Manila’s "It girl" started when she finished schooling at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. Returning to the Philippines, she married business scion Johnny Ysmael. Chona quickly became part of Manila’s glitterati—attending parties, endorsing beauty products, and becoming muses of top fashion designers such as Ramon Valera, Salvacion Lim Higgins, and Ben Farrales.

Where is she now?

Chona, or “La Divina” as she was called, passed away on April 4, 1987.

Lily de las Alas-Padilla

She is the daughter of Don Antonio de las Alas, the finance secretary of President Manuel L. Quezon. She married Ambrosio “Paddy” Padilla, legislator of the Philippines from 1957 to 1972. Together, the couple have 10 children: 6 boys and 4 girls.

Susan Magalona

A legendary beauty, Magalona was the Philippines’ answer to Helen of Troy. She didn’t have any beauty titles but she was admired by everyone. In one instance, a suitor asked the great beauty what she wished most and she reportedly said, “a fast sports car.” The suitor ended up ordering a 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster just for her. The suitor didn’t succeed and Susan ended up marrying Charlie Ledesma and then Federico Elizalde.


Elvira Manahan

The beautiful and elegant Elvira Manahan was both a society and media maven. Manahan defied high society’s unspoken rule and entered show business. She appeared in films Ang Pulubi, Pagdating sa Dulo, Burgis, and Bagong Hari. Years later, the socialite hosted the late night television show, Two for the Road, keeping Manileños glued to the screen with her witty remarks and fashion-forward clothing choices.


Where is she now?

Elvira was tragically murdered in October 1986.

Toni Parsons

Toni Serrano was one of the society models in the '60s and throughout the '70s. She traveled to fashion capitals such as Tokyo and Paris, modeling for Pitoy Moreno. She later married Filipino American Patrick Parsons.

Where is she now?

Post-modeling, Toni took to floristry, gaining fans within Manila’s society—eventually earning the title of Grand Dame of Philippine Floral Design. Parsons has since retired from floristry, wanting to give the new breed a chance.

Josine Elizalde

Born as Josine Pardo de Tavera Loinaz, Josine is a descendant of Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera, belonging to the Spanish mestizo Pardo de Tavera and Basque mestizo Loinaz clans. Josine reached "It girl" status after becoming Binibining Maynila of 1966. She was once married to Fred Elizalde of the Manila Broadcasting Company.

Where is she now?

She has kept herself busy and productive over the years with various charity projects.

Nedy Tantoco

Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco is the daughter of Rustan’s chair emeritus Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco and Gliceria Rustia-Tantoco. With the best of fashion and beauty at her fingertips, it was only a matter of time before Nedy became one of Manila’s "It girls" in the '60s.

Where is she now?

Still at the head of retail, Nedy is the chairman and CEO of the SSI Group.

Gretchen Oppen-Cojuangco

Oppen was an heiress to a sugar magnate from Negros Occidental. She is widely considered as Manila’s premiere "It girl" because of her style and grace.

Where is she now?

She is the wife of Danding Cojuangco and mother of four children.

Rory Cojuangco-Lagdameo

Rory is the daughter of former Tarlac governor Eduardo Chichioco Cojuangco, Sr. and former Miss Baguio finalist Josephine “Nene” Murphy-Cojuangco. With Chinese, Filipino, Spanish and American ancestry, Rory’s Eurasian features and personality catapulted her to "It girl" territory.


Where is she now?

Aurora Cojuangco-Lagdameo is married to Ernesto R. Lagdameo. They have nine children.

Mercy Arrastia-Tuason

Born in Lubao, Pampanga, Maria Mercedes Reinares y Arrastia-Tuason was a Philippine diplomat and ambassador to the Holy See. She married businessman Jose Ramon Del Rosario Tuason. Together they had Jose, Ramon, Iñaki, Rosanna, Karen, Paolo, and Jingy.

Where is she now?

Tuason is a religious advocate and activist. She began the Tuason Community Center Foundation.

Ingrid Sala-Santamaria

Born in Cebu City, Ingrid grew up to be a pianist. She finished further studies at the Julliard School in New York City. Ingrid has received a number of honors, including a Hall of Fame award from the Performing Arts League in Crestwood, Florida, USA; "One of the 100 Most Notable Cebuanos of the Century" award; and from the French government; Chevalier, Ordre des Palmas Academiques; and Chevalier, Ordre du Merite Nationale.

Where is she now?

In 2014, the pianist released a coffee table book, My Four Seasons, consisting of decades of articles written about her. She then followed up with a release her memoir titled Romantic Piano Concerto Journey Tours, featuring more articles as well as photographs.

Sylvia Younge Montemayor-de Leon

Sylvia’s family had roots in San Fernando, La Union. Her grandparents were American physician Jewel Younge and Carmen Baltazar Almeida and parents Marceliano Ruiz Montemayor and Esther Montemayor.

Where is she now?

She passed away on March 9, 1995.

Rosemarie Gil

Rosemarie was born to parents Carlos Gil, Jr. and Maria Dolores Castellvi. She was one of the top actresses through the '60s and the '80s with 214 acting credits under her name.

Where is she now?

Rosemarie married her loveteam partner, Eddie Mesa. She is the mother of actors Michael De Mesa, Mark Gil, and Cherie Gil.

Tingting Cojuangco

Before Tingting Cojuangco was a politician, she was an "It girl." Born Margarita Manzano de los Reyes on April 29, 1944, Tingting, as many call her, is the epitome of elegance and substance. Tingting’s educational background starts at the University of Santo Tomas; she then finished her masters at the National Defense College. She holds doctorate degrees in both Philippine History and Criminology.


Where is she now?

 Tingting married Jose Sumulong Cojuangco, Jr., former Tarlac Representative, and bore five children including Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.

Chona Mejia-Lopez

Chona descended from the prominent Lazatin clan of Pampanga. Chona married former Iloilo Rep. Albertito Lopez, together they have two daughters Bettina Lopez-Osmeña and Melissa Lopez.

Where is she now?

She moved to California and worked in finance at some point, before moving back to Manila for good. 


Diana Jean Barnes Lopez

Diana Jean Barnes, or “DJ” as many call her, is a legendary society beauty. She is the daughter of Enrique Solis Lopez of Balayan, Batangas and English-French mother Wendy Payne Barnes.

Where is she now?

Diana is mother to "It girl" Claudia Bermudez.

Tina Revilla

The daughter of Armando Goyena and Paquita Roces, Tina and her sisters were known Manila beauties during their time. In the '70s throughout the '80s, Tina broke into show business by acting and hosting.

Where is she now?

Tina married Serge Valencia. They have two kids, Jana and Julio. She occasionally appears on television.

Maritess Revilla

Like her mother, Paquita Roces, the first Camay girl, Maritess also became the brand’s endorser. Along with her sister Tina, Maritess joined the world of showbusiness.

Where is she now?

Maritess married Iking Araneta. Their daughter is "It girl" Bianca Araneta-Elizalde.

Carol Masibay Garcia

Carol was a model and a beauty queen, winning the 1971 Mutya ng Pilipinas. She went on to become one of Pitoy Moreno’s muses in the '70s.

Where is she now?

The former beauty queen remains one of Manila society’s most glamorous women.

Tetet Limjap

Appearing in the early '70s, Tetet starred in a very memorable Close-up commercial.

Where is she now?

Tetet has two sons: JP and Jeric Crisol, a commercial model.


Katrina Ponce Enrile

The only daughter of Filipino politician Juan Ponce Enrile and Christina Castañer, Katrina was one of Manila’s pretty young things inheriting some of her mother’s European features.

Where is she now?

Katrina is a socialite and businesswoman. She has four children with husband James Kocher, namely JR, Kara, Kristen, and Kristiana.

Frannie Aguinaldo-Jacinto

Frannie was born to Francisco del Rosario Aguinaldo and Natividad Aguinaldo. She is known for her sophisticated way of dressing and her charming nature. She works as a columnist and engages in philanthropy.

Where is she now?

She is married to musician, radio jockey, television host, and entrepreneur Ramon Jacinto.

Cristina Valdes

After a chance encounter, Cristina modeled for prominent designer Ben Farrales. This launched her into being one of the '70s "It girls." The party girl even made jaunts to the iconic Studio 54.

Where is she now?

Cristina resides in New York City. 

Doris Ho

Doris is the daughter of businessman Robert Ho and award-winning artist Anita Magsaysay. A shipping heiress, Doris has ties with both Magsaysay Maritime Corporation and Lorenzo Shipping Corporation.

Where is she now?

Doris is President and CEO of A. Magsaysay, Inc. A few years ago she was recognized as the Global Filipino Executive of the Year at the Asia CEO Awards. 

Amy Gustilo-Lopez

Amy Gustilo of Bacolod was crowned Miss Caltex of 1969, and it was then that she turned into one of the "It girl"s of the '70s. Post-win, she traveled around the Philippines as a Goodwill Ambassadress to Caltex. Appearing in Manila’s top social events, she was a fashion show and fund raiser regular.

Where is she now?

Amy is a widow and a mother of two, Angela and Louise. She is a philanthropist.

Viol Delgado-Cojuangco

Violeta “Viol” Delgado-Cojuangco was considered one of the most beautiful women of her time as well as an "It girl."


Where is she now?

Viol married Henry Cojuangco. She serves as President and administrator at Dr. Jesus C. Delgado Memorial Hospital.

Maita Gomez

With beauty and substance, Maita won Miss Philippines–World beauty pageant in 1967. She went on to represent the Philippines in Miss World. During the Marcos years, Maita was an activist, fighting for political, economic and women’s right’s advocacies.

Where is she now?

Maita co-founded GABRIELA, a women’s rights group. She passed away on July 12, 2012.

Gemma Cruz-Araneta

Winning Miss International 1964 not only made Gemma an "It girl" but it also opened a world of possibilities. In the '80s, Gemma entered public service, starting as Director of the National Museum then was Secretary of Tourism under the Erap administration.

Where is she now?

Gemma was bestowed an "Outstanding Manileña" and a "Golden Heart" decoration by President Diosdado Macapagal. She has co-authored six books on Philippine History.

Margie Moran-Floirendo

Margie is best known as the second Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown in 1973. She has descended from Manuel Roxas, the fifth president of the Philippines.

Where is she now?

She married congressman Antonio R. Floirendo, Jr. of Davao Del Norte with whom she has two daughters with, Monica and Danielle.


Tessa Mendoza

Starting as a model in the '80s, Tessa was known for her work with brand Anne Klein. After marrying Chef Sandy Daza, Tessa moved to British Columbia and focused on family life. 

Where is she now?

A self-taught artist, Tessa decided to reignite her passion for art. Due to her outstanding work, Tessa was made a member of Société des Artistes Canadiens and North Vancouver Community Arts Council. Occasionally, she stages art exhibits for her paintings.

Claudia Bermudez

Claudia was born in New Orleans with Colombian, English, and Filipino roots. At 5’8", Claudia could have modeled but prefered to be under-the-radar. She focused on her studies and went to Switzerland. After a few years, Claudia married Singapore businessman Hogi Hyun. She then moved to Singapore to raise son Matias.


Where is she now?

Claudia managed the franchise of Ascot Chang in Makati Shangri-La Hotel and previously worked as a magazine editor.

Margarita Forés

When one hears Margarita Forés’ name, great Italian food comes to mind. Like most "It girls", Forés pursued a career in fashion but then she realized her love for Italian cuisine was greater. After an excursion in Italy, Forés started Cibo with her siblings. Today, Forés has expanded to bars, multiple restaurants, and floral centerpieces.

Where is she now?

Margarita has gotten accolades for her cooking: In 2016, she was named Asia's Best Female Chef and the previous year she accepted the Marietta Ad Honorem Award in Italy.

Ina Ayala

Ina is a shoe and accessories designer and equestrienne. In 2015, she represented the Philippines in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

Where is she now?

Ina is married to CEO of Ayala LiveIt Investment’s Fred Ayala, and together they have two sons.

Nikki Prieto-Teodoro

Nikki was born Monica Louise Prieto. She started as a model for Procter & Gamble and BPI. After graduating from a marketing course in Switzerland’s Webster University Geneva, she went home to pursue a career in real estate.

Where is she now?

Nikki is married to former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro. She was formerly the Representative of the 1st district of Tarlac.

Menchu Lauchengco

Menchu is one of the most accomplished theater performers in the country as well as being an "It girl." Starting her career through Repertory Philippines, Menchu has appeared in a number of successful musicals like Camelot, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Hairspray, Baby, Nine, and The King & I.

Where is she now?

Menchu is considered the First Lady of Philippine Musical Theater. She has been awarded Best Actress in a Musical by ALIW.


Maricris Cardenas-Zobel

An ageless beauty, Maricris Zobel was a model in her prime. She had numerous endorsements under her belt, the most notable ones being Johnson’s baby lotion and becoming the face of Palmolive.

Where is she now?

Maricris married Inigo Zobel of the Zobel de Ayala clan and is a mother to their five children. She is currently an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Gina Tambunting-Roxas

Gina belongs to the prominent Tambunting family. Her grandmother was Conchita Zaldarriaga Arnaiz, a Carnival Queen, the predecessor of Manila’s Binibining Pilipinas.

Where is she now?

Gina is married to business Pedro Roxas; together they have three children. She is an active philanthropist.

Crispy Santamaria-Laurel

Crispy is the child of Joe and Ingrid Santamaria, another "It girl." A top model back in the day, Crispy was once the face of Camay.

Where is she now?

She is married and has five kids with Arsenic Laurel.

Loli Imperial

One of Pitoy Moreno’s muses, Loli traveled to Paris, Rome and New York to model Moreno’s creations.

Where is she now?

Loli Imperial is the wife of Mitchell Gumabao; together have seven children.

Vicky Pimentel

The chef and food innovator Vicky Pimentel was once a designer for Rustan’s until she put up her restaurant Cucina Victoria. After much success, it finally branched out to Aruga Café and Victoria Pimentel Catering.

Where is she now?

Vicky has been with Emmanuel Lagdameo, the son of fellow 'It' girl Rory Lagdameo, for 20 years. She has two children named Rissa and Enzo. Vicky runs a catering company and a café in Rockwell’s Aruga.

Bing Pimentel

Bing is a former actress and model. In the '80s, she appeared in a series of films. After marrying, she decided to focus on homemaking.

Where is she now?

Bing has two children, Sid and Maxine, with Ralph Eigenmann. She has continued her acting career, with 31 acting credits under her name.


Menchu Menchaca

This "It girl"’s prime was in the '80s as a model with runway as her expertise. After meeting her husband-to-be, she settled down and focused on raising their children.

Where is she now?

Menchu married into the prominent Soriano family. She has three children.

Bambi Arambulo

A beauty pageant regular, Bambi collected titles such as 1976 Maid of Cotton and Binibining Pilipinas-Maja. She went on to star in a series of films in the '80s, most notably Temptation Island.

Where is she now?

Bambi married Dodie Torres; together they are based in California.

Isabel Preysler

Her parents were Carlos Preysler y Pérez de Tagle, executive director of Philippine Airlines and María Beatriz Arrastia y Reynares, owner of a real estate company. Preysler was a model in her heyday, participating in beauty pageants and charity functions. She migrated to Spain to study, where she met future husband, singer Julio Iglesias.

Where is she now?

Isabel is a Spanish socialite, regularly recognized for her style and grace. Her son is internationally acclaimed popstar Enrique Iglesias.


Lucy Torres

Torres was catapulted into the spotlight after she starred in a shampoo commercial with actor Richard Gomez in 1994. Known for her fair complexion, Torres was impossible to miss in the '90s. Four years after that fated commercial, Torres married Gomez in 1998. The model turned actress appeared in many shows with her husband and ventured into hosting.

Where is she now?

Her marriage to Gomez gave them a daughter, Julianna. In 2010, Torres entered politics and was elected representative of the 4th District of Leyte, a position she has held since.

Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski

Born as Mikaela María Antonia de los Reyes Cojuangco to parents Jose Cojuangco, Jr. and Tingting Cojuangco, Mikee is related to the Cojuangcos of Tarlac and the political Aquino family through former President Cory Cojuangco-Aquino. Mikee first gained prominence after appearing in a Swatch commercial. She then pursued a career in acting and modeling while joining international competitions as an equestrienne. In the 2002 Asian Games in South Korea, Mikee achieved a momentous victory by winning a gold medal in the individual jumping event.


Where is she now?

Mikee is married to Pasig Congressman Robert Jaworski Jr.; together they have three sons. She sporadically appears on local television.

Tweetie De Leon

De Leon first appeared in a Royal Tru Orange commercial when she was 14. Afterward, she got her big break when she became the first Filipina to win the Ford Supermodel of the World in 1987. She went on to become one of the Philippines’ supermodels, becoming the face of Anne Klein and walking for iconic fashion designers such as Louie Mameno, Larry Silva, and Christian Espiritu.

Where is she now?

She is married to Jose Ramon Gonzalez and they have four children together. She divides her time between hosting, modeling, and managing her jewelry business.

Samantha Eduque

The grandchild of Dr. Constantino and Elvira Manahan would eventually captivate Manila like her mother did before her.

Where is she now?

Eduque works as a bridal consultant with Rosa Clara Philippines and Vera Wang Manila.

Liana Romulo

Liana is the granddaughter of Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist and Filipino diplomat Carlos P. Romulo. Her father Roberto Romulo was a former foreign minister and Philippines ambassador to the European community. She is a graduate of Barnard College in New York City.

Where is she now?

She is an accomplished children’s book writer, with notable titles such as Filipino Friends, My First Book of Tagalog Words, and Filipino Children's Favorite Stories, which was a national bestseller in the Philippines. She has been a yoga practitioner since 2004, and is currently busy running the Romulo Peace Center, which "offers classes in breathwork, yoga, and other activities that help people discover the best parts of themselves." In addition to simple yoga and breathing exercises, the volunteers of the center practice a body-based technique called TRE (tension, stress, and trauma releasing exercise). The center's volunteers help provide substantial psycho-emotional support and trauma intervention to areas in the Philippines hardest hit by disasters and natural calamities, from Tacloban and hopefully to Marawi. 


Risa Tapales

Risa was born to Ramon Nakpil Tapales, Jr. and Barbara “Tweetums” Gonzalez. She has two sisters, Sarri and Panjee.

Where is she now?

Risa is in the interior design industry.

Tootsy Echauz-Angara

Tootsy is the daughter of former model Baboo Mondoñedo. She is wife to Sen. Sonny Angara with whom she has three children.

Where is she now?

A successful working mom, Tootsy is ABS-CBN’s cluster head for advertising and sales for entertainment, sports, and cable assets.


Amanda Griffin Jacob

Born to an English father and Filipino mother, Griffin spent her childhood traveling around in countries Britain, United States, and Australia. While in the Philippines, she pursued a career in modeling that eventually turned into hosting, with projects such as a lifestyle show as well as a travel show.

Where is she now?

She married businessman David Jacob and is currently a mother of three. These days, Griffin splits her time between the Philippines and Singapore as a green living advocate.

Anna Rufino

The face of Ivory soap during the late '90s, Rufino credits her porcelain skin to her dermatologist parents. Of her foray to modeling, she recounts in the February 2016 issue of Town & Country Philippines: “It so happened that [the family] had the esteemed photographer Wig Tysmans as a family friend. Having lunch one day at their home, he had an idea. “I was around 11 at the time. He looked at me and said, ‘I have a shoot later today. Want to come with me?’ My mom said it was okay. So I tagged along with him, and he asked the owners of the store he was shooting for if they wanted to use me as the model, and they said sure!”

Where is she now?

Shifting from the limelight to behind-the-scenes, Rufino entered medical school. Today, Rufino is a practicing dermatologist just like her parents. Moving on from endorsing to advising, Rufino acts as Pond's resident skin care expert. She is married to Raymond Rufino, with whom she has three boys. 


Bianca Araneta-Elizalde

A multi-hyphenate in the fashion industry with a family background to match, it's clear Bianca Elizalde was born to be an "It girl." Starting off as a commercial model, Bianca’s face was inescapable in the '90s. Every magazine, commercial, and newspaper featured Bianca at some point. Her most well-known project would have to be the Ivory commercial that made her an overnight sensation.

Where is she now?

Bianca married Manila Broadcasting Company heir Juan Elizalde and currently has two daughters. She founded Little Miracles, a foundation catering to less fortunate children. Bianca also owns The Wholesome Table, an organic restaurant that promotes green living and health.

Mandy de la Rama

Always effortless, Mandy de la Rama fashionably personifies the uncaring attitude of the French when it comes to dressing. Mandy rose to fame for exactly that, her fashion sense plus her witty remarks. A usual suspect on Best Dressed Lists, Mandy is also a muse to fashion designers Inno Sotto and Rajo Laurel.

Where is she now?

Mandy manages her time by designing for her own children’s line Tarte Tatin and for Rustan’s children’s line Kiddos.

Wendy Puyat

Wendy’s rise to society was a quiet one as the socialite typically likes to keep a low-profile. Wendy is the daughter of businessman Aristeo Puyat. Previously, she was married to Hong Kong-based Taipan heir Anthony Hotung.

Where is she now?

Wendy Puyat currently designs for her swimwear and resortwear line Por do Sol.

Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi

Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi is the youngest daughter of Bukidnon Vice Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr. Like most socialites before her, Stephanie appeared in Pond’s ads that made her even more popular. Aside from her beauty, she is a chef, writer, entrepreneur, and a television host.

Where is she now?


She married Jonathan Crespi a few years ago. Currently, she’s a mom to Sebastian and Maximilian. In addition to that, she’s a regular columnist for the Philippine Star and she maintains a blog where she shares stories of her life.

Celine Lopez

Just a mention of Celine’s name brings people back to the time of flip phones and velour tracksuits. Celine was the undisputed queen of the noughties, often spotted at the hippest clubs with her signature pixie haircut and impossibly chic wardrobe. Outside of that, the socialite took a hand at movie producing with film Metro Manila, which won the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Where is she now?

These days, Celine keeps a low profile, choosing to focus on chronicling her travels on Instagram.

Amina Aranaz-Alunan

Amina’s timeless beauty and successful career in fashion are what put her on the radar. The fashion maven runs eponymous bag brand Aranàz with her mother Becky and sister Rosanna. The brand’s designs have been featured in magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire, and Harper’s BAZAAR.

Where is she now?

Still a notable bag designer, Amina splits her time between being a mom of three and managing the fashion school she co-founded, SoFA.

Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez

Mikaela started her modeling career at the tender age of 16. She then married Chucho Martinez but not before establishing herself. The "It girl" told Town & Country Philippines, “When I got married and had kids, I was already an entrepreneur. I had a clothing line and a modeling agency, and I was very active in the modeling industry. So I had always managed my own time while being a hands-on mom. I moved on to having a magazine of my own and a food business.”

Where is she now?

After years of doing fashion shows, television commercials and magazine editorials, Mikaela has transitioned to being behind-the-scenes in retail and various business endeavors.


Rosanne Prieto

Rosanne is the granddaughter of Leo Prieto, a famed Philippine sportsmanand PBA founder. While usually under the radar, Rosanne occasionally appears in local magazines and most beautiful lists.

Where is she now?

Rosanne is married to basketball player Danny Siegle.

Bea Valdes

Born Beatrice Panlilio Valdes, Bea comes from a family with a deep history in jewelry making. It was only natural for her to turn out to be an accessories designer. Bea’s designs have been featured on international titles such as Marie Claire, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Where is she now?

Bea is a member of Accessories Council of America. Her intricately beaded accessories continue to be fashion favorites.


Georgina Wilson

Most well-known for her leggy frame, Georgina Wilson shot to fame after she finished secondary school at Assumption College. Bagging tons of endorsements and a slew of famous friends as well as boyfriends, Georgina's career showed no signs of stopping. And she's come so far since then, having hosted Asia's Next Top Model, becoming the face of Maybelline, and much more—she's done it all.

Where is she now?

Georgina married Arthur Burnand in a much publicized event, eventually giving birth to son Archie. The new mom co-heads Sunnies Studios and last appeared on E! reality series It Girls.

Solenn Heussaff

Solenn was always part of Manila's society but never in the public's view. It's ironic considering how high-profile she is now as a television and film star. The French Filipina actress was boosted to fame after appearing in Rogue Magazine's debut issue. Soon after, Solenn became a coveted endorser and eventually signed on to one of the biggest television networks in the country.

Where is she now?

Solenn married Nico Bolzico on May 2016 in the scenic town of Combourg, France. Solenn continues to act and is a social media sensation along with her husband.


Liz Uy

As with many "It girls," Liz got her footing in fashion. She started in fashion publishing, working as Preview's fashion assistant and then becoming its fashion director, where she explored and forayed into fashion styling. With her styling company StyLIZed, she transforms the top celebrities of today into iconic style stars.

Where is she now?

 Liz's work can still be seen through the many celebrity clients she holds. She doubles as a fashion influencer, represented by The Society Management. Liz frequently attends New York, Paris, and Milan fashion week and appears on many street style blogs and big name fashion sites.

Isabelle Daza

She is the daughter of Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz of the Diaz clan, famous for their exceptional beauty. Her rise started when her group of close friends–comprising of Georgina, Solenn, Liz and Anne–became collectively labeled as ‘It Girls.’ This led to endless magazine features, product endorsements, and a television show with entertainment television channel E!

Where is she now?

The 'It girl' married long-time French beau Adrien Semblat at a beautiful church in Lucignano in Tuscany, Italy. She is known as the travel and fitness enthusiast of the ‘It Girls.’ She also displays her playful nature through her YouTube channel.

Anne Curtis

One of, if not the biggest celebrity of the 21st century, Anne Curtis has taken the entertainment industry by storm. The Filipina-Australian has constantly been on magazine covers and endorsed countless products, becoming a household name in the process.

Where is she now?

 Anne recently got engaged to longtime boyfriend, restaurateur, and food influencer Erwan Heussaff.

Katrina Razon

Katrina Razon is the daughter of tycoon Enrique Razon and Lizzy Santos Razon. Well-educated and fashionable, Katrina has a deep interest in music. She's a managing partner at Third Culture Music and Media and boasts 10 years of experience as a DJ.


Where is she now?

Katrina currently works on Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand, a sustainable music and wellness event.

Stephanie Kienle

Swiss Filipino Stephanie is an entrepreneur and social media maven. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College New York, Sciences Politiques Paris, and the London School of Economics, she has training in both fashion and interior design. After coming back from college, Stephanie graced many magazine covers all while managing the family business.

Where is she now?

Stephanie is currently the vice president of sales and business development of her parents' Max and Zelda Kienle's furniture brand Philux. She is married to Christian Razon Gonzalez with whom she has two daughters.

Jessica Kienle

Following her sister's footsteps, Jess is a constant cover star on Manila's society magazines. This "It girl" took up interior design at Ecole Superieure des Arts et des Techniques in Paris, France. She then completed her further studies at Parsons School of Design in New York City. In September 2012, she moved back to Manila to help with the family business.

Where is she now?

Jess is married to Jesse Ho-Maxwell. The couple gave birth to their son early this year. She works as Philux's head designer and visual merchandiser.

Kim Jones

It's not exactly known how Kim Jones became the "It girl" of fashion. One day she was a television host, the next she was being flown by Louis Vuitton as a guest on their fashion show. Kim is the new breed of "It girl," one that's using social media to her advantage.

Where is she now?

Kim Jones is married to actor Jericho Rosales. She documents her chic outfits and extensive travels on Instagram.

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