“My wish for the Filip­ina is for her to be in con­torl of her life. Don’t let any­one de­fine who you are as a woman. let so­cial con­structs, ex­pec­ta­tions and tra­di­tions be in­spi­ra­tions or guides in your life de­ci­sions, but in the end it’s still up to you. My


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may be Spot.ph’s food edi­tor, but she loves love in­ter­view­ing peo­ple and writ­ing pro­files. She in­ter­viewed cover girl Yassi Press­man (p.20) this month for her fifth Cosmo cover story. She says, “It’s a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge for me to see a fresh per­spec­tive per cover girl. I like dis­cov­er­ing how all these women have dif­fer­ent ways of be­com­ing suc­cess­ful and deal­ing with suc­cess. Yassi was es­pe­cially re­fresh­ing be­cause there aren’t many solo pro­files on her yet, which gave me a chance to re­ally get to know her on our own terms. She was such a ka­log per­son to talk to—se­ri­ous and pas­sion­ate, with­out tak­ing things too se­ri­ously.” “I em­power other women by al­ways im­prov­ing and never set­tling! That’s ad­vice that em­pow­ers ev­ery­one. My wish for the Filip­ina? If she wants to go out and have fun, she should go out and have fun.”


MARCH 2016

who il­lus­trated “The Cosmo Girl’s Guide to Fem­i­nism,” p.88, says that con­trary to “the school of thought that fem­i­nism should no longer be an is­sue but a norm by now, the con­cept of fem­i­nism can still sound con­tro­ver­sial for some.” Cj wants to see this in a pos­i­tive light: “as long as fem­i­nism trig­gers a dis­course, I won’t get tired of ed­u­cat­ing more peo­ple to open more minds. a primer on fem­i­nism that de­mys­ti­fies it makes it more ap­proach­able and re­lat­able.” Her in­spi­ra­tion for the il­lus­tra­tions? “I’m fas­ci­nated by pin-up girls and fash­ion il­lus­tra­tions, which are of­ten viewed as anti-fem­i­nist—pin-up girls are thought to ob­jec­tify women while fash­ion il­lus­tra­tions re­duce women into im­pos­si­ble stan­dards. But we can’t deny that both styles are beau­ti­ful and at­trac­tive. So I thought, how can I make this [sup­posed] anti-fem­i­nist im­agery work for fem­i­nism, for women? That chal­lenge in­spired me: Putting my fem­i­nist nu­ances and a sense of em­pow­er­ment into my il­lus­tra­tions.” She ded­i­cates her work for this story to her late who was “a very mod­ern woman and my first role model.”

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