Preview (Philippines) - - Editor’s Note -

I was eaves­drop­ping on Ray­mond Ang’s con­ver­sa­tion with our cover girl, Liza Sober­ano, and I was both fas­ci­nated and im­pressed. Here was an un­doubt­edly pretty 18-year-old telling her in­ter­viewer that she would pre­fer to be known for her act­ing chops rather than her beauty. “When you get older, that all goes away,” I heard her say. She knows tal­ent is re­ally what will carry her fur­ther in her line of work.

Luck­ily for her, she has both. I watched as she breezed through all eight lay­outs, plus a video shoot of her de­liv­er­ing fa­mous kon­tra­bida lines (watch it on Pre­!), all in just three hours. And to top it off, she wasn’t play­ing her usual sweet-faced role for the cam­eras. She served us the dead­pans and smirks you’d ex­pect from a tough chick dressed in over­sized sweats from Vete­ments and Ba­len­ci­aga. In fact, her cropped cut for one of this month’s two cov­ers was an op­tion she in­sisted on. We nearly did not push through with it be­cause it meant ex­tra time in the makeup chair in­stead of in front of the cam­era. But Liza her­self protested, in­di­cat­ing she wanted to try the look. And with a sharp look at hair­styl­ist Renz Pangili­nan and a short but de­fin­i­tive re­quest from her to get it done in un­der 20 min­utes, her long hair was tucked into a short wig. We were all de­lighted by her will­ing­ness to try some­thing un­ex­pected and how she her­self took con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion. Here’s a girl who knows what she wants and takes the ini­tia­tive to get it.

So while she may not be the pretty dar­ling you’re ac­cus­tomed to see­ing in this is­sue’s pages, I think you’ll see a new side to Liza’s beauty that’s nei­ther soft nor del­i­cate. She’s a young woman with con­fi­dence, strength and char­ac­ter, and that just may be the most beau­ti­ful thing about her.

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