Four crowns in one cover

Pinay beauty queens on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam, which is inspired by the movie “Temptation Island” (Photo from BJ Pascual’s Instagram; and still from YouTube)

Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam’s 10th Anniversary cover is all about the ultimate Filipina charm and power. For the first time ever, four Pinay winners from four of the world’s biggest pageants—Megan Young (Miss World 2013), Pia Wurtzbach (Miss Universe 2015), Angelia Ong (Miss Earth 2015), and Kylie Versoza (Miss International 2016)—come together for one ultra-chic squad fashion editorial.

Creatively led by Eldzs Mejia, shot by fashion photographer BJ Pascual, and styled by Adrianne Concepcion, the magazine cover was inspired by the 1980 Filipino movie “Temptation Island,” directed by Joey Gosiengfiao.

The theme is quite fitting for the cover shoot as the film centered its story on four beauty contestants for the fictional “Miss Manila Sunshine Pageant.” The parts were portrayed by Azenith Briones, Jennifer Cortez, Bambi Arambulo, and Dina Bonnevie, all of which are former beauty contestants and titleholders.

Mirroring the sultry aesthetic of the campy movie, the beauty queens donned custom-made pieces by Filipino designer Carl Arcusa. According to BJ’s vlog, the distressed pieces are reminiscent of the 2003 works of the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Apart from the shipwrecked-inspired editorial, they also did beauty shots, glamazon looks paying homage to the ’90s collections of Gianni Versace, and a sexy take on menswear-inspired pieces.

Read Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam’s full feature here.

Source: Manila Bulletin (