It was the shriek heard everywhere and reverberated 13 years later: “I love you, Piolo!” And we love you back, Toni.
The skinny girl would grow up to be a beauty, but not like the overripe gorgeousness of some of her peers; she blossomed slowly, quietly stretching out her lithe limbs and unfurling her silky hair. It wasn’t always a smooth trajectory, as she would mention in her first MEGAStory, but growing up is never easy, not even for one as blessed as her.
Like most stars, she sang, hosted, and danced her way to our living rooms, but we asked her to stay because the woman has a personality with a capital P. She also threw jokes like nobody’s business, keeping up with some of the best in the business and at one point, took over and shined brighter than most of them. She was after all, the girl who told us, “magpakatotoo ka!” Be real, be true to yourself. That was what made her uniquely and, if we may, truly beyond beautiful. We’re pretty sure Piolo would agree.
It may not be Wednesday but we are feeling a little pink for the summer. The undisputed color of the Spring/Summer ’14 runways makes a splash on our April cover, heralding our Big Summer Fashion issue.
Fronting our April 2014 cover is a woman whose colorful and well-documented rise from being just one of the girls to a full-fledged multimedia star shows us exactly how nice girls do it. Clad in an embellished top and jeans from Louis Vuitton’s S/S ’14 collection, her long, luscious hair gleaming under the sun… She’s absolutely stunning and is beyond beautiful in Marc Jacobs’ last collection for the French house. Do nice girls finish last? Not if Toni Gonzaga has anything to say about it.
The fashion team kicks it into high gear this issue. Our pages are chock full of refreshing summer fashion that you will enjoy down to the last drop. From an editorial inspired by the “bad girls” of pop music’s current scene, see your favorite songstress come alive in an editorial titled, Bad Girls Finish First (aren’t we just full of contradictions?). Another special editorial takes on our favorite guilty pleasure, American Horror Stories: The Coven; so get ready to be bewitched, bothered, and bewildered in a wickedly good way. Lastly, whip out your score cards and see if you agree with our annual list of the Most Stylish; you’ll and have your say in an upcoming MEGAstyle.ph feature.
In beauty we have an exclusive interview with none other than the first celebrity face of Bobbi Brown. Read all about her beauty philosophies and collaborating with Bobbi Brown herself. Check out Becoming Wicked where we show that it’s okay to be green — makeup-wise at least. Oh, and have your meds ready as we take on different personas in a beauty editorial entitled, Multiple Personalities featuring the new NARS Matte Multiple as interpreted by NARS lead make up stylist Janice Daoud.
This April we explore the home with Chic Habitations to see how fashion trends are translated in your humble abode. Speaking of exploring, we probe the power struggles in relationships and try to understand the role play.
Going beyond the fashion this month, we proudly declare that you are the trend. Take on different style personalities but remember at the end of the day, it is you, the woman that matters. —Angelo Ramirez de Cartagena