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In a Women We Love special last month, Esquire Philippines featured their home-grown volleyball players. One that particularly stood out was Rachel Daquis. An outside/open hitter for the local RC Cola-Army Troopers, she represented the nation at last year’s SEA Games in Singapore—The Straits Times included her in a listicle titled “20 athletes we wish we could have seen more of at the Games”. She also had just, according to our brethren, finished two cups of rice before this photo shoot. This makes us want to smack balls, beyond a leisurely level, to trim our much-loved dad bods.
Esquire Indonesia's Woman We Love last month was Titi Handayani Rajo Bintang, who is also commonly known as Titi Rajo Bintang. (Still a long name, we told them.) Titi—ah, better now—is a pretty decent drummer. Graduating from Farabi Music School and the Daya Music Institute in Jakarta, she held her first performance at the Java Jazz Festival. Following her winning ways debuting for things, she won Best Actress at the Indonesian Film Festival in 2009 for the film Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet! (They Say I’m A Monkey!)—her first foray into acting. In the same year, she won Best Music Arrangement for the movie King at the Piala Citra—a local Oscars. Now 35, we’ll maintain this drum rolling until her next big debut.
The 23-year-old model, also known as Sushi, stands at 1.75M with legs stretching out at 1.10M. Well that’s not important, isn’t it? Featured in Esquire Taiwan’s Woman We Love, her growing popularity on the interwebs can be contributed to her starring in a variety of online comedy shows. We’d watch it if we understood Hokkien. At the meantime, we’ll just admire this.
Five years ago, at a tender age of 18, the model sashayed into her first Hollywood movie, Elephant White (a 2011 film starring Kevin Bacon and Djimon Hounsou) and played a prostitute—hey, we all gotta start somewhere. Never heard of the film? The movie tanked, but it turned Jiraa into a local star and Bacon into a fading memory. Now 23, and Esquire Thailand’s Funny Joke From A Beautiful Woman entrant, the actress is turning out to be a much-desired—or loathed because of the character she plays—soap opera actress. On the up and up.
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Looking back to see what led to her ascendance.
One can speculate the paths that she might have taken, but can we assume that what she has now is the best of all possible worlds?
Fair enough, Bella.
Seeing the world with a fresh pair of eyes.
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