Just in time for the holidays, local brand ForMe has announced its freshest new face: Adela-Mae Marshall of Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 6! Here, get cozy with the rising star during her very first shoot with the label.
“A lot of girls probably go through that thing where they would see Victoria’s Secret and think [how] it would be so cool to be a model, but not me,” Adela shared, revealing that modeling was never even in her long-term plan. "I was scouted in England when I was fifteen years old and it’s just not what I wanted to do. I am very self-conscious and very shy,” she added.
“When I moved to thePhilippines, we met up with my mom’s old agent and she casually told me ‘Oh, I have a casting, do you want to go?’ and because I had no friends, I thought that if I went to a casting at least I’d meet people, and even if I didn’t book the job, it’ll be a great way to make some new friends,” Adela revealed with a laugh. But she did get the job and everything picked up from there.
Adela joined Philippines’ Next Top Model back in 2017 and came in second. “I felt like [the competition] will be the thing that changes my career, but it didn’t. Even though I felt like I did well, coming in second,” Adela said. So when her agent opened the conversation about Asia’s Next Top Model, she had reservations.“I was hesitant at first because it’s obviously bigger and harder than Philippines’ Next Top Model. [Plus,] with all the girls [coming] from different countries,” Adela said. “But I thought that it would be a shame not to try out even if I don’t win. I [didn’t] want to look back and be like ‘Oh, what if I gave it a shot?’ At least I tried.”
Joining an international competition meant more challenges, from the difficult to the downright terrifying. “On the very first week, we were asked to pose with reptiles and I got an iguana. My biggest fear is lizards [and] I told them I don’t like lizards, even little geckos,” Adela exclaimed. “I was so terrified the entire time and they were telling me that I was shaking when the iguana crawled down the side of my neck and its tail hit my eye. [The crew] were telling me to use the pain to make my photo beautiful,which I tried to do while tears were streaming down my eyes.” Her most professional moment to date, Adela claims.
Today, Adela is a top model on the rise, but to her, finding one’s center is the secret to acing this industry.“When I joined Asia’s Next Top Model, I prepared myself for the worst. Having watched previous cycles ofthe show I was prepared for the catfights and the drama,” she revealed. “I [was there] to compete, but it didn’t mean that I [had] to be rude to other people. I ended up meeting two of my closest friends there, and we still talk now—we have a group chat.”
Adela easily debunks the rivalry myth between and among models. “A lot of people think that there is so much rivalry in this industry and that a lot of peopleare catty to each other. That’s definitely what I thought when I first started modelling,” she said. “I can’t speak for everyone, but for the most part, I made a lot of my closest friends in this industry. It’s not always about tearing each other down to be successful. I’ve met a lot of models who try to cheer each other on and who are really happy for each others’ successes.”
“That’s one of the most exciting things about being the new ForMe Girl—it’s all about girls supporting girls, girls lifting each other,” Adela says. “Women need to empower other women, and hopefully, they see me, Maureen, and Mari supporting each other and just being positive role models together.” We can’t help but agree—Mari Jasmine, Maureen Wroblewitz, and Adela together? Now that’s a powerhouse.