Ria Bolivar is a model par excellence – beautiful, statuesque and beguiling. Since her discovery in 2002, Ria has set fashion runways ablaze across the globe, making a mark with her impeccable catwalk skills and exotic look. She has graced the cover of countless titles in her decade long career – each look very distinct, her versatility as both print and runway model helped her rise as one of the Philippines’ it models.
The A Collective Edit (ACE) took 8 minutes of her time so we can get to know more about this Pinay top model.
ACE: What inspired you to become a model?
Ria: I never imagined myself to be a professional model; fortunately some designers, directors and the other models I’ve worked with inspired me to love what I do, helping me become better so I can reach my full potential.
ACE: What are the biggest misconceptions when it comes to models?
Ria: Most people only see the glamourous side of fashion, but it’s a really tough job. We have to commit countless hours and take very good care of ourselves to be the best the model possible.
ACE: What’s your favorite healthy treat?
Ria: Buko (Coconut) juice! It’s healthy and yummy!
ACE: What’s your natural beauty must have?
Ria: I always drink tea. It detoxifies and hydrate at the same time.
ACE: What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received
Ria: To always be on time. Being punctual shows you are a professional and you take your job seriously.
ACE: What’s your professional mantra?
Ria: Love your work. I don’t think I could’ve survived this long in the industry if I don’t love what i’m doing.
ACE: Your modeling career summed up in one word
ACE: What makes a woman beautiful?
Ria: Having a good heart
Designer: Fanny Tf Serrano
Photographer: Mj Suayan,
HMU: Andrew Jardenil & Darvin Macabales
Styling: Margeaux Jeruska &Tamerlane Oscer Jeruska
See more of Ria Bolivar’s transformations here