Instead of being inside a hotel conference room, this time it was chosen to be at an open air venue at R1-Concepts company. The weather could not be more perfect for an event. At first, it was sunny, a little bit hot, but then in the afternoon, it turned with a cool overcast. Both provided great photo lighting for us. We could not be happier with this arrangement which the nature gave us!
R1-Concepts location is inside an industrial district with sprawling warehouses and manufacturing shops. The place is in a cul de sac area, which is perfect for lining up cool and heavily modified and decorated cars. The drive way is straight and about a truck width wide, which is ideal for setting up two rows of model lounge and vendor tables. After you entered the gate, you would immediately greeted by the gorgeous models, and if you turned left, you then see R1-Concepts busy models, Melyssa Grace, our cover model, and Amber Alvarez, our feature model!
It's so great to see both of them again. Melyssa Grace has been busy with her charity work for the Haiyan Typhoon relief events, as well as her drifting activities. She always looks so amazing and has created countless amazing photos with us! She is indeed at the top of the industry! Amber Alvarez just came back from Taiwan of her international tour for her highly famed go-go dancing talents! We asked if she had any jet lag from the trip, and she said that she has a magical way of preventing it with a smile. She looked super refreshing and happy as a lark! Our cover model, Brie Williams, was also at the expo for Spocom. Brie is a super rising star and many great things are happening or are going to happen to her. We are very proud that our magazine is her first magazine cover feature! We could not wait to see how far she can go and how high she can jump! She is definitely very talented and deserves all the great recognition!
At the two model lounges separated by a catwalk stage, there were many models who we were super happy to see again or have never seen before or sometimes we were scratching our heads at... It's totally awesome to see Marie Alvarez, Serena Su, Raquel Estralla, Ashley Clark to name a few... They are the prime representatives of the golden time that we enjoy over the last couple of years. Not only they look amazing, they are fun to chat with, and the photos are always so stunning! Definitely check out the photos in the full article as well as our individual coverage of the models!
As predicted in our 2014 Top 6 Trend and Forecasts article, new models are coming up like bamboo shoots in the spring time. We applaud this trend and are glad to see the new talents showing up in the scene. However, we do have some modeling advice for the newbies who are serious about this path of fame or nominal monetary rewards:
- make yourself presentable, and super package yourself, especially in this picture-first industry
- learn some basic modeling skills, like how to pose and how to give memorable smiles
- be likable and interactive, because nobody feels the love if you are perceived uninterested
We understand that some of you may feel shy about being in front of the public. We say this; just treat everybody like a friend, and they will become a friend to you immediately.
Vendors and food stands joined the expo as well, making this expo a fun time for a sunny Saturday afternoon!
As the season opener, Kuya Model Expo 2 is a great success. It provided a floor for models to warm up to the big games, and photographers to rekindle their admiration to their beloved personalities and search for the next top models, and media people to have contents to report to their faithful readers, especially after a long drought of show period. Big Abe did a great job pulling together a great platform for models, fans, professionals and media to get together again in a huge way. We say "Great Job!" We definitely look forward to the next one!
Melyssa Grace (above) and Amber Alvarez (below) are two super awesome models for the hosting vendor, R1-Concepts.
If you have ever taken a photo of Melyssa Grace at any time in any show, you know that she is a different model than the rest of the pack. She is like the super model in the import model industry, and she goes way beyond that, doing competitive drift racing, as well as great humanitarian work including her Touch of Grace Foundation for the Philippine children. Her talent is immense, and her heart is super kind. We have the absolutely highest respect to Melyssa!
It's always sunny with Amber Alvarez! Her crystal-tint eyes, and super energetic personality, plus totally friendly interactions with fans and cameras, make her a top choice for many promotional projects and events!
Brie Williams always looks bright and amazing! Her ascendance to the next and next and next level of the game in a short time, is attributed to her working hard attitude, stunning appearances, and great taste for her choice of projects. We do expect to see a lot of her in the future in a very big way!
Big Abe the man behind the Kuya Model Expo, has that ready for camera genius and pulling all the right strings to make thing happen skills! That's what it takes to make big good work! Our hats' off Big Abe and the wonderful work that he does! Maybe he is the Great Abe now?!! :-)
Marie Alvarez is sooo fun to shoot with and catch up with too! There are a lot of happy happenings to her lately. She moved to Las Vegas and are doing very well and having lots of fun there! When asked about the LV life, she is really happy to tell us all the fun things there! Her modeling career is taking off like a Jet Propulsion Lab rocket!! We can only see her high trail to the big blue sky! We are very happy for her and look forward to seeing her again soon!
Serena Su (above) is becoming more and more prominent at the modeling world. Her impeccable look and amazing physique make her a top sought-after in the photographers' world these days.
(name removed) simply gave us big wows every time!! Her effortless poses would simply create a striking photo for our camera every time! Wow!!
Beckie Joon (above) and Raquel Estralla (below) are returning to the scene with super amazing presence!
Marie Alvarez is so fun to shoot with! With Lilly Evans (above left) and Raquel at the show!
Jasmine Nguyen (above right) was at the EAF San Diego last year, we remember!
Amy Ly (above right) and her friend at the show...
April Starr (above right) showed her over the shoulder smile.
We got a smile from Sandra Wood (above left) and Melissa Drew (above right)!
Tina Cha (above) made a strong presence at the show and left a strong impression on everybody.
Kayla Lien Tran (above right) was happy at the show!
Izzy Cardenas (above left) and Sheila Daligdig (above right) were also at the expo.
Rachel Centolella (above) added new tattoos that look great!
Shantal Tinajero also represents R1-Concepts with Melyssa Grace and Amber Alvarez.
The vendors at the Expo showed their love as well! Spocom USA always bring their great models, including Brie Williams, Serena Su, Jenna Lane, and Lilly Evans. They always cause a huge storm to the scene with a super packed crowd and cameras and flashes.