Filipinos congratulated Kapamilya actress Maymay Entrata after it was announced that she would be a model for the Arab Fashion Week, considered the main international fashion event in Dubai.
Dubai-based fashion designer Furne One shared the announcement in his Instagram account.
One is the man behind Amato Couture, a fashion label that exclusively caters to elite Arab clients and celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Shakira, Nicole Scherzinger and Jessie J.
Entrata was previously invited by the fashion label to participate in a casting call a few days before it was announced that she would officially be part of the Arab Fashion Week.
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Di ko talaga alam kung panu ko ma express ang nararamdan ko pero, dito ako sigurado ang pasalamatan po kayo AMATO COUTURE Family! 😭🙌🏻 Binigyan nyo ng panibagong kulay ang buhay ko. Maraming salamat po 🙏🏻😭❤️ – 💕 Special thanks po to Ms. @furneamato Sir @josh_yugen @amatoofficial At sa lahat ng naniwala sakin maraming maraming salamat po 🙏🏻❤️
She is the first Filipina to have been invited as a runway model in the most prestigious fashion event in Arab society. She would wear the creations of Amato Couture.
Her inclusion was met with messages of support and praise from fellow Filipinos.
"To become a professional model."
You are a living testimony that 'Nothing is Impossible',that big dreams really do come true. You are an inspiration,Marydale!
— Marydale💍Edward (@mbchavez86) November 16, 2018
Being a Filipino and as a fan.. No words can explain how proud I am for you! Iloveyou @maymayentrata07 keep shining! Keep soaring! We're always behind you!!#MAYMAYatArabFashionWeek pic.twitter.com/X21q0jgh9m
— Marry Grace (@yramecarg011378) November 16, 2018
Maymay as a model
While the actress might have been known for her “Pinoy Big Brother” stint, she initially wanted to become a model since it has always been one of her interests.
In an interview last October, Entrata revealed that she joined modeling competitions when she was still in Davao and that Tyra Banks and Cara Delevingne are her idols.
She also shared that she only learned to walk like a model by watching YouTube videos:
“Isa talaga sa gusto ko ‘yung fashion show kasi gusto ko ‘yung feeling na nandun ako sa ramp. Nung college kasi ako, gipit ako (laughs) eh kahit talo ka, may prize ka pa rin. Siguro nakapag-contest ako ng modeling tatlong beses.”
“Kasi lahat ng mga kasama may mga own designer, may mga nag-te-train sa kanila. Ako YouTube, sa YouTube tapos ginagaya ko talaga ‘yung mga professional dun. Dun lang ako sa kuwarto, nagla-lakad lakad ako dun. Hanggang sa masasanay ka na.”
“Siguro mas nakuha sa YouTube ‘yung catwalk at lakas ng loob. Tapos hindi ko lang tiningnan ‘yung training nila kundi ‘yung mga interview nila kung paano nila ginagawa ‘yun, kung ano ‘yung nasa utak nila. At saka ‘yung look at attitude.”
Entrata’s efforts paid off as she was noticed by one of her idols when she walked in the Bench OJ Dailyware fashion show last August.
Tyra Banks herself ‘liked‘ the video that was posted by the Twitter account of Bench which showed the actress walking the runway.
— BENCH/ (@benchtm) August 10, 2018
Entrata was also included in the “wishlist” contestants of “Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle Six” where its Facebook page announced that she has “what it takes to be Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 contender.”
Hindi po totoo yung ANTM 😊
— Maymay (@maymayentrata07) May 2, 2018
Entrata was also invited by Rajo Laurel, one of the Philippines’ esteemed fashion designers, to walk on his charity gala on November 23.
My dream is for @maymayentrata07 to walk on show. Nov 23 is the date. I am creating a piece specially gif her. I pray this will happen. ❤️
— Rajo Laurel (@rajolaurel) October 13, 2018
Most prestigious fashion week in Dubai
The Arab Fashion Week is a biannual event managed by the Arab Fashion Council, the world’s largest non-profit fashion council that promotes Arab fashion industry to the international stage.
It is considered one of the world’s most important fashion weeks alongside the New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and the Paris Fashion Week.
The Arab Fashion Week represents 22 Arabic countries and is hosted in Dubai at The Meydan Hotel. Some of the nations included in the event are Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. — Video by Uela Altar-Badayos