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Francine Diaz's Stylist Reveals What She's Really Like Behind the Camera

Francine Diaz's Stylist Reveals What She's Really Like Behind the Camera
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“Behind Chin’s bubbly personality, she’s actually a deep person.”

Since rising to prominence as the famous Cassie in afternoon teleserye Kadenang Ginto, Francine Diaz continues to be a force to be reckoned with. With characters and several opportunities coming her way, the Preview 50 Most Influential Artist wasn’t dubbed “influential” for nothing—and that also includes her own Francine-trademark style.

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With a fresh and sweet take on Gen Z styling, Francine’s skillful play on her wardrobe is one to keep on the local fashion radar. Alongside the ride is none other than her loyal stylist of five years Drew Lacia, whose celebrated clientele includes the 18-year-old fan-favorite. And with a close working relationship comes a perspective on a star only the lucky few have been exposed to—but in this exclusive interview with Preview, we got behind the scenes!

Fashion Stylist Drew Lacia Talks About What It’s Like to Work with Francine Diaz

Describe the first time you met Francine.

“Francine, or Chin as we usually call her, was 14 years old when I first met her. We instantly clicked the first time we met because she has this aura that makes you feel at ease and comfortable.”

How did you end up working together?

“Chin’s former Star Magic Handler, Gayle [Angco], contacted me because she wanted someone to take care of Chin’s styling needs.”

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How long have you been working together?

“We’ve been working together for five years now!”

How would you describe Francine as a client?

“As a client, she lets me do my thing. But now that she’s 18, Chin is now more involved. But she still respects and trusts my judgment as her stylist, and that’s what I love about her.”

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How has working with Francine impacted your career as a fashion stylist? 

“To be honest, working with Chin boosted my social media stats. It all started with Kadenang Ginto. Likes and comments every time I posted Chin were just crazy! As a stylist, that helped me grow my list of clientele.”

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As her fashion stylist, what can you say about her personal style/aesthetic?

“Chin’s personal aesthetic depends on her mood! She can go from soft girl to grunge.”

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Has your personal relationship developed since you first met? How would you describe Francine as a friend?

“Through the years, my relationship with Chin blossomed from being a client to being a friend, and we treat each other like family. With her, what you see on-screen is what you get off-screen. She’s sweet, humble, and respects the people around her.”

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What's your most unforgettable moment working with Francine?

“Though it may sound cliché, every moment I get to work with Chin is unforgettable because there’s never really a dull moment with her. But, one of my favorites would be the 2019 ABS-CBN Ball, where she wore a flowing Neric Beltran gown.”

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Tell us something interesting about Francine that her fans don't know.

“Behind Chin’s bubbly personality, she’s actually a deep person. And oh, her third eye is open!”

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