At just 20 years old, Raejell Roxas embarked on her modeling journey, and today, at 25, she stands as a testament to enduring success in the competitive world of fashion. With five years of invaluable experience under her belt and as a proud member of the Professional Models' Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Raejell has graced a diverse array of editorial shoots and recently achieved a significant milestone: landing on the digital pages of Preview's Best Filipino Fashion Designer list, where she posed for honoree Chris Nick.
In an exclusive chat with Preview, Raejell Roxas shared with us what it takes to not only make it but thrive in the modeling industry. Spoiler alert: It’s more than just good looks.
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How did you get your start in the modeling industry? Tell us the story of how you got “discovered.”
"I actually started with Preview back in 2018! I chanced upon the Preview Model Search, joined, and got an opportunity to be part of it! We had a shoot with BJ Pascual and I would have to say that’s still my best photo up to this day."
How long have you been a model and what do you love the most about it?
"I’ve been modeling for almost five years now, and I love how I get to meet and interact with different kinds of people. I also love how there’s always something interesting and different, so you never know what to expect in every job you go to."
Would you say being a model is your dream job? Why or why not?
"No, because ironically, I get really shy in front of the camera. And I’ve actually always dreamed about being behind the camera as part of the production team. It’s still a dream of mine and I wish I can do that too someday!"
What was the biggest struggle you’ve faced in the modeling industry and how did you overcome it?
"I think a lot of models can relate to this, but the biggest struggle for me is stability. There are times when I would get booked for only one job for the whole month, and that would get into my head and I would question myself if I’m in the right path or if I should still be pursuing this. But then I always tell myself it gets better. And thankfully enough, it always does. And I get reminded again why I started doing this and why I love what I’m doing."
What would you say is the most memorable project you’ve done as a model so far?
"When I got to be part of a music video for artist No Rome (Remember November). It was such a big deal for me, 'cause that felt like [I was] really going out of my comfort zone, since it’s much different compared to what I usually do in shoots. I was scared about the whole thing 'cause I had a very interesting role—I also had to conquer my fear of deep water—but I just said yes to it, and it turned out well!"
How do you see your career progressing in the future? Do you have a dream modeling gig?
"I plan to still be in the fashion industry, but I aspire to be more involved in terms of production. My dream is to be on a cover of any local magazine."
What’s something unique about you that sets you apart from all other models?
"I try to keep a good relationship with the people I work with, I make it to a point that I treat everyone on set equally. And as much as possible, I ensure that the people in my working environment are comfortable to express their own creative ideas and personalities."
What’s your go-to model-off-duty look?
"I’m usually just in basic outfits, but I like to play with colors as well. I would usually go for a tank top or a bodysuit, trousers, and just sneakers."
In your own opinion, what are the characteristics of a great model?
"The most important one is having good work ethic. No matter how skilled or good-looking you are, if you’re difficult to work with, it’s going to be hard for you to make it and actually survive in the modeling industry. You have to be able to build good relationships with the people you work with."
What’s your advice to aspiring models?
"Always put your best foot forward in everything you do, but also prioritize your comfort. Learn how to say no."