Friday, December 21, 2012


Supermodel extraodinaire RIA BOLIVAR is the new face of SHAPES Holiday 2012 Billboard Ad Campaign.

One of our favorite models of all time, La Bolivar is having a "Starships" moment, as she channels a skinnier and safe-but-fashionable version of Nicki Minaj with her long blonde straight hairdo. As you would notice recently, SHAPES has turned to Pinay supermodels (Pauline Prieto, Catriona Gray and Jessica Yang were the models last summer) to star in their billboard ads. Isn't that good news for our home-based mannequins?

With a simple concept, basic styling and a plain background used, the primary objective of the ad campaign is to transform Ria into a platinum blonde beauty while stirring everybody into thinking (who sees the billboard when passing by EDSA-Cubao), "Is that Ria Bolivar?" Very simple yet there's something that differs. Nevertheless, Ria has been styled so many ways in her countless pictorials & fashion shows, and this is something that my partner George, I and the whole team believe in to deviate from the others. So whether other people like the look or not, the important thing is that there's a reaction and it's better than none at all. Tama?

This is also the first ad campaign pictorial for our Bossing Richard Romero who also happens to co-own SHAPES with another bossing August Virray. Thanks bosses, as well as to Amphie - working with you all has always been a pleasure.

See the new ad campaign shoot we did below and check out SHAPES branches nationwide. Log on to or find them at Facebook & Twitter. Also watch out for my next blog feature on their other brand, Chemistry, and the wonderful holiday billboard campaign that we are all raving about.


Photography: Richard Romero
Art Direction & Styling: Mike de Guzman & George Palmiano (MGP)
Assisted by: Sheila Marie Danipog & Darrell Justin Bautista
Hair & Makeup: Bobby Carlos
Model: Ria Bolivar

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