There are numerous Filipina models who made it to the global catwalk, walking for high-end brands and renowned fashion designers, but did you know that there are also a handful of Filipino male models who are equally walking in the same spotlight?
Find out more about the five talented Filipino male models who have come a long way from walking for the country’s most prestigious fashion events to the international runway wearing designer’s clothes.
Tagged as the first Filipino supermodel, Paolo Roldan, is a Filipino-Canadian model known for his signature sexy bald head. He is a Bench endorser in the country, but he also walked for Givenchy Men, Giorgio Armani, and Diesel.
He was spotted by the Boss Models founder in New York, and he has graced fashion magazines like Vogue, GQ, and Hercules.
He won the ‘Male Model of the Year’ during the Singapore Fashion Awards 2004, and he is now represented by Ford Models under which he has walked for fashion shows in some of the leading Asian countries and in Milan.
Brent Chua is a Filipino-Chinese model and a fashion photographer. He was also tagged as an Asian male supermodel. Now based in New York City, Brent Chua was born in Manila and was the youngest among five brothers.
Brent has walked for numerous international brands in Asia, Europe and America like Gucci, Boss, and Yamamoto. He also made ad campaigns for Benetton, Levis, and Coca-Cola, among others.
Recently, Brent Chua is focusing on fashion photography and has shot fashion editorials for brands like Bench, Kenneth Cole, and Prada.
Sylvester Sagad, who is more known as Ram Sagad, was named after Sylvester Stallone as his father is an avid fan of Sylvester, and his nickname “Ram” is short for Rambo, a character that Stallone played.
Ram Sagad is known for winning the Century Tuna Superbods Model Search in 2007, and he became a contestant in Pinoy Fear Factor.
This former varsity player from San Sebastian College has appeared in local TV commercials and graced the cover of Icon magazine. He went to New York and became the face of Ford Models and was also featured in US magazine Cosmopolitan, along with other foreign male models.
Alexander Dominguez is a Filipino-American male model based in New York. He is currently associated with PhotoGenics LA and Red Model Management NYC.
He walked for various fashion shows in Florence, London, Milan, New York and Paris. He was lately seen walking in New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 and Fall/Winter 2015.
Known for his long black hair, Alexander Dominguez was featured in print ads for Champion Streetwear and Opening Ceremony, and did editorials for U+Mag and GODS magazine.
Kirst Viray walked his way up from the Philippine Fashion Week in Manila to Canada Philippine Fashion Week. He was named the ‘Model of the Year’ during the Canada Philippine Fashion for the health and fitness category.
Coming all the way from Pangasinan, Kirst Viray has appeared in local TV commercials and did campaign ads with local brands such as Human, Tanduay Ice, and Ballr. He also walked in Cosmo Bachelor’s Bash 2014.
Kirst Viray is with Mercator Models, and he was featured in fashion magazines like Garage. He is also one of the SM Men.
These men have definitely gone out of their comfort zone and broke into the world of high fashion, which is generally dominated by women. They have become an inspiration for every Filipino model, who aspires to bring his talent to the international pedestal.
5 Filipino Male Models Who Made It to International Runways by Holly Bissonnette