Maja Sal­vador dis­cov­ers what else she’s ca­pa­ble of.

Preview (Philippines) - - Chapter Eleven Cover Story - BY STEPHANIE SI­SON

Though she wasn’t a new­bie in the mod­el­ing scene, Maja Sal­vador had just started to be­come a house­hold name in lo­cal show busi­ness when she landed her first Pre­view cover. She de­scribes her April 2010 cover as a “su­per­model moment.”

On the once empty field where SM Mall of Asia Arena now stands, 21-year-old Maja stepped out in white de­signer cutout mail­lots paired with plat­form booties by Ker­mit Te­soro that had skulls sculpted on each of the heels. It was a con­trast­ing nar­ra­tive laid out by Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Vince Uy: a young woman clad in pure white and ecru pos­ing against a for­mi­da­ble Har­ley David­son. Deal­ing with a theme that was out of her com­fort zone, she nat­u­rally doubted her­self. “’Nung nag­susuot na ako ng swim­suit, ’di ko alam kung kaya ko bang gawin. Pero be­cause of the team, nag­ing con­fi­dent ako.”

Maja re­calls her ex­pe­ri­ence to be an easy one with pho­tog­ra­pher Jo Ann Bitag­col and Con­tribut­ing Fash­ion Ed­i­tor Liz Uy, whom she fondly called Nanay. She shares that know­ing that ev­ery­thing was cu­rated espe­cially for her helped her ease into things, and even­tu­ally led her to feel com­fort­able de­spite her hes­i­ta­tions. “So­brang nag­ing spe­cial ’yung shoot kasi in­isi­pan ng ma­g­a­n­dang theme, in­isi­pan kung anong bagay sa akin.” She even says that the con­cept echoed Lady Gaga’s style, which res­onated with her as she loved danc­ing to Mother Mon­ster’s tunes.

For the cover, Maja wore a white mail­lot with nude cutouts, a huge trend at the time, by Rajo Laurel. And while she be­lieved then that she wouldn’t be able to pull off the edgy swim­suit styles she wore through­out the cover story, the pho­tos show oth­er­wise. “Sa shoot na ’yon ta­laga, mas nag­ing con­fi­dent ako sa body ko.” More­over, she says that be­cause of it, she was able to gauge what else she could de­liver at photo shoots and pic­to­ri­als.

And who would ar­gue that Maja hasn’t brought with her the con­fi­dence she gained and in­ter­est in fash­ion as she con­tin­ues to grow in the in­dus­try? We’re still swoon­ing over that back­less Chanel gown she wore at the last Star Magic Ball. She’s def­i­nitely in tune with her body, her style and what else she can be­come by step­ping out of the box ev­ery once in a while.

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