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De­signer/milliner Mich Dulce hates the up­pity idea of fash­ion, and em­pha­sizes her ve­he­mence with a firm tap on the ta­ble and some sneer­ing pro­fan­ity. “I hate fash­ion. I can’t deal with that [sic]. I hate the word ‘ fash­ion­ista’.” When she got casted in

Pi­noy BigBrother in 2008 and got la­beled ‘ The Fash­ion­ista’, Dulce ex­claims that she wanted to die. “I hate that word, I think it’s the dumb­est word on the planet.” She was an­gry, and was curs­ing at the cam­eras. “I hated PBB. It was the big­gest mis­take of my life, and you can quote me on that.” When peo­ple come up to Dulce and ask, “Are you that girl from PBB?”, she flips out. “Once, a cab driver asked me that and I an­swered, ‘ Yes, but I’m talk­ing to some­one on the phone.’ Even if I wasn’t!”

Dulce re­sents that two-week tele­vi­sion stint for one rea­son: She is an in­ter­na­tional brand, a lauded milliner, a fem­i­nist band front­woman and an artist that just re­cently pro­duced an at­ten­tion-grab­bing, con­tro­ver­sial solo art show. She does not ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing re­mem­bered sim­ply as “the girl from PBB ,” and un­der­stand­ably so. Show busi­ness is just too small for a woman like her; Dulce speaks with such im­mense spunk, en­ergy and hon­esty, this writer wouldn’t be sur­prised if she con­quered the world.

“I can’t say I’m into fash­ion, be­cause I don’t know any­thing about it ex­cept the things I like, such as vin­tage.” Dulce sees fash­ion as an art form. She does not give a damn about its jar­gons, run­way sea­sons or pol­i­tics. She sim­ply loves to cre­ate. “I love mak­ing hats, but I hate the fash­ion part of it. I hate the busi­ness part be­cause I’m not very good at it. I just want to make hats.”

Her ven­ture into the in­dus­try be­gan dur­ing a trip to Lon­don when she flew there to take over the fam­ily busi­ness. “It was like insurance or some­thing, some huge mon­ey­mak­ing thing. But in­stead, I ap­plied for an in­tern­ship and got an of­fer to help make a dress. Just one dress.” She phoned her mother and dropped the bomb, “Guess what, I quit. I’m not do­ing your busi­ness. I’m go­ing to study fash­ion.” Dulce ex­pected her mother to be up­set, but she wasn’t. “I have the most sup­port­ive mom ever,” she says proudly.

Her mother raised Dulce alone. Her fa­ther passed away when she was just five years old. “My mom is very con­ser­va­tive, but she is also very con­cerned about my hap­pi­ness and well-be­ing. She’s open-minded when it comes to things that she knows will make me a bet­ter per­son.” Dulce is dis­ap­pointed when some peo­ple mis­un­der­stood her re­cent art show, “One Day I’ll Be Ev­ery­thing You Ever Wanted,” an ode to the con­trast of Dulce’s fem­i­nist ide­olo­gies against her mother’s more tra­di­tional ones. She states fiercely, “[Some thought] I had is­sues about her, but I don’t. This is what I am, and maybe the way I am now is be­cause of what she taught me.”

Her mother was so strict, Dulce had no room to rebel. “When we had school field trips, I couldn’t even ride the bus. I had to be in a car be­hind the bus. I didn’t have a yaya , I had a mid­wife. That’s how bad it was.” Dulce’s act­ing nanny was the same woman who pulled her out of her mother’s stom­ach, and she’s still with her to this day. “She would wait for me out­side of school ev­ery day. I couldn’t go out. I think that’s why I’m so in­ter­ested in ta­boos.”

Dulce has a fond­ness for read­ing about un­men­tion­ables. “If you ask me about S& M, I can give you the whole dic­tionary of it,” she says mat­ter-of-factly. She comes from a very con­ser­va­tive fam­ily, so when she grew older and re­al­ized that such il­licit

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