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Waratthaya Wongchayaporn—or Mind (it’s common for Thais to have nicknames)—is a model, actress and beauty queen who was the first runner-up in Miss Universe Thailand 2012. Born and raised in Hat Yai, Songkhla in southern Thailand, the 24-year-old embodies the definition of a rising star according to Esquire Thailand. Her natural beauty and strong personality bagged her a leading role in the TV series, Nang Barb (The Sinful Woman). Featured in Esquire Thailand’s 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Women, Mind’s independence is a reflection of her ideal partner, which includes no snooping on the other’s phone. We were going to say, be mindful, guys. But we’re going stop right here.
Words by Jatuwat Srichan. Photograph by Suwat Pantong.
Esquire Philippines’ Woman We Love entrant was an ordinary girl discovered by a production designer at a mall—as she admits—that no one in the country ever heard of. Who’d have thought that the plain Jane-turn-model-turn-TV host would, since 1999, bag awards for her acting roles in television and film? That’s a far cry from her younger days as “the dark-skinned one with unruly hair”. Now 43, and a single mother of two children, Aquino’s independence is laden with a sense of dark humour and innocent quirks—all that makes her a unique and storied personality for Esquire.
Photograph by Joseph Pascual. Style by Ria Casco. Hair by Cats Del Rosario. Make up by Apple Faraon.
Featured in Esquire Vietnam’s Woman We Love, Minh Tu certainly is not one of the average girls you might meet every day. Apart from being a sexy vixen with a sense of humour, she is bold, ambitious and has great passion for fashion. "I'd dreamt of becoming a model from a very young age,” she revealed. “After years in this challenging industry, I had the wonderful opportunity to walk the runways in Vietnam, Singapore and New York. My dream came true". Though achieving success in modelling, Minh Tu isn’t satisfied. As the judge and mentor of a leading modelling contest in Vietnam, she’s on the up and up. But being in the limelight comes with a price and Minh Tú is taking it positively. “I do appreciate my fans but I also appreciate the criticisms from my detractors.” That’s our girl.
Words by Nguyen Trinh Thien Phuc. Photograph by Kartsen Dang. Art direction by Vo Hoang Viet. Style by Joey Tran. Photo editor, Nguyen Hong Anh. Make-up by Tee’s Studio.
The model, and Esquire Taiwan’s Woman We Love, started her career posing for amateur photographers and subsequently held gigs as an assistant showgirl for variety shows. But that was just a humble start. Her sweet appearance and exceptional physique quickly gained her popularity among men in Taiwan. Now an emerging actress, she has had two photobooks published and her debut film will be released in summer this year.
Style by Hedi Wang. Photograph by Mau Lin.
A Woman We Love from Esquire Indonesia, the actress and singer began her entertainment career as a model in 2004. Her first movie was in 2005’s Apa Artinya Cinta? (Bahasa for What is the Meaning of Love?), in which she had a supporting role. She rose to fame with the success of a 2016 rom-com, Heart, in which she starred and also sang for the soundtrack album. The album hit double platinum and two of her singles, “My Heart” and "Sampai Menutup Mata” (“Until I Close My Eyes”) received international airplay. In 2012, she won Best Actress from the Festival Film Indonesia (Indonesia Film Festival) for her performance in Testpack. Since 2005, she already starred in more than 15 movies.
Words by Ayu Dewanti. Photograph by Saeffie Adjie. Style by Dicky Zulkarnain. Make-up by Felita Thea. Hair by Ayu Anggraini.
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