Here’s Why Chloe Magno, Fashion’s Favorite Ate, Is Vogue Philippines’ First Cover Star

She's a huge sinigang fan.

The Davao-native has already been working in fashion for almost a decade.

“Returning to the Philippines for this shoot was the most special experience of my life,” reveals Chloe Magno, the cover star of Vogue Philippines’ maiden issue. She might be a new face to the mainstream media, but the rest of the fashion world already has Chloe on the radar.

Hailing from Davao city, she’s a Filipino-American model currently based in New York. She’s been in the high fashion circuit in 2012 and was even one of the ladies on Pharrell Williams’ 2014 album, GIRL. Chloe admits in her cover story that she’s always felt a lack of Asian representation growing up so to be on the first issue was much-needed. Calling herself ~*ur favorite ate,*~ here are major reasons why Chloe Magno has always been proud of her heritage.

SHE LOVES SINIGANG

It’s safe to say that sinigang is Chloe Magno’s favorite Filipino dish. Who doesn’t feel the comforting warmth of its broth? She even talked about it in her Instagram post, saying that she didn’t expect to eat “more sinigang than I knew was possible.”

SHE’S BEEN WANTING TO REPRESENT HER COUNTRY EVEN BEFORE LANDING ON THE COVER OF VOGUE PHILIPPINES

In an feature written by British Vogue, Chloe was one of the models included in the story, “Why East And South-East Asian Representation Is Important.” She shared in her cover story for Vogue Philippines that she didn’t quite understand her identity as a Filipino, especially since she was raised in the West. “I’m glad that I can fill that role for people now,” the model quips.

SHE TREKKED BAREFOOT, RODE BANGKAS, AND SWAM AGAINST THE TIDES FOR HER COVER SHOOT

When fashion photographer Sharif Hamza said on their first shoot day to “show the world how beautiful the Philippines is,” Chloe Magno took that to heart. She did it with joy like a true local and delivered what was asked of her.

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CHLOE’S A HUGE FAN OF FILIPINO FASHION DESIGNERS

We love how Vogue Philippines looked inward this time and gave the spotlight to local fashion designers. Along with her path to regaining her consciousness as a Filipino, Chloe also showed love to all the artisans and creatives behind the looks from her cover shoot. She was recently spotted at the Arte Fino fair, too, trying on pieces by different designers.

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SHE’S ALREADY BEEN A VOGUE GIRL EVEN BEFORE LANDING HER COVER FOR THE PHILIPPINES

It’s crystal clear how Chloe Magno’s always had a pressing curiosity to understand her culture as seen in her work for other Vogue titles in what she described as a “a familiar feeling for any minority.” For the Korea edition, she joined other East Asian models and was the representative of the Philippines. Chloe has also shot for the other franchises like Vogue Thailand, Vogue Japan, American Vogue, and British Vogue.

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