The who's who

DA MAN - - Notes -

hy do we fea­ture celebrities in mag­a­zines? It’s on old ques­tion’a bit of cliché, even. The usual an­swer is also quite clichéd: Be­cause they serve as our role mod­els. But in this day and age, where gossip is a com­mod­ity and ev­ery Tweet, photo or cap­tion is scru­ti­nized at the speed of light, is it still rel­e­vant to say that ac­tors, singers and other pub­lic fig­ures are peo­ple worth parad­ing as paragons that we should imi­tate? The short an­swer is: yes. And now for the long an­swer. The thing with role mod­els is that they are not meant to be im­i­tated. They are meant to in­spire. Or to put it in another way: You don’t imi­tate the lives of your role mod­els—you imi­tate their at­ti­tude. Some would say that this is just a mat­ter of se­man­tics, but I would ar­gue that this dis­tinc­tion is im­por­tant, and that is why we fea­ture the peo­ple we fea­ture.

When you move past the stylish pho­tos and the sto­ries of suc­cess, we of­ten find the driv­ing force be­hind that suc­cess. Take, for ex­am­ple, our sec­ond-time DA­MAN Dar­ling Men­tari de Marelle, who freely talks about tak­ing the time to find her­self dur­ing a time of un­cer­tainty. Or our cover boy Ben Hardy, who took “tak­ing a crash course in prepa­ra­tion for a movie role” to a whole dif­fer­ent level. If that’s not a text­book def­i­ni­tion of de­ter­mi­na­tion, I don’t know what is.

Again, these sto­ries might seem overly sim­plis­tic, clichéd or even naïve. But the sim­ple fact is, we ac­tu­ally need sim­ple yet in­spir­ing sto­ries—now more than ever. That’s why we carry the tales of Men­tari de Marelle and Ben Hardy, Ario Bayu and Cameron Cuffe, and many more. And as al­ways, we in­vite you to find your own bits of in­spi­ra­tion in the pages to come and also as we retell them in smaller bits through our so­cial me­dia ac­counts and ex­pand them through videos and on­line fea­tures. Happy read­ing.

Ron­ald Liem, Pub­lisher/Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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