Lovely Abella must have felt like she had just won the lottery when she was told she was going to be on the cover of Fhm—solo.
When was the last time you heard a real rags-to-riches story? Probably not in a long while. Read Lovely’s profile that goes with a pull-out-all-the stops 20-page shoot extravaganza and you’ll have one: a girl from a far-flung province who had dreamed of becoming a star since she was eight; who only got her first break as an extra when she was 15; got paid only P250 for a racket that lasted for 24 hours; where she wasn’t even seen on camera at all.
And then just as she was getting her first little taste of fame, but not yet getting the big break she had always dreamed of, something huge like this happens. It’s the jackpot.
I’m pretty sure she had been overjoyed just joining the other Bubble Gang girls, among them veteran FHM cover stars, for that special collab cover last year to celebrate the gag show’s 22 years. But what we hadn’t told her then was that we were already planning ahead. To her credit, she did not disappoint at all. We saw in her a real fire on shoot day; Lovely came on the set determined to make her first solo cover the best thing she’d ever done in her life.
We’re always proud that our covers pave the way for a star’s rise to fame, and in the years that we have been around we have done many. I can tell you many of those successful cover stars were initially hesitant about doing it at all because, for some reason, they were a little unsure of themselves. But that is understandable. What is important is the boost of confidence, and of fame, that she gets when her cover is unveiled.
I hope Lovely gets her big break after this cover. She deserves it. I can also tell you this: ito talaga ang ibig sabihin ng kinareer! And I mean that with all fondness for Lovely. You can’t not love her!