Dr. Vicki Belo Is A Work Of Art

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Discover what happened behind the scenes at Dr. Vicki Belo’s MEGA cover shoot, one of the most ambitious projects we’ve attempted in this new normal.

With little more than two weeks to prepare for the shoot, the MEGA team had its work cutout for them. The idea was to shoot Dr. Vicki Belo, a revolutionary beauty pioneer, in a museum filled with marble busts, an homage to the great goddesses to whom cities were erected for, and the artists who created their likeness, whether through stone, clay, paint or song. It wasn’t an easy task, especially with the pandemic, but like many things, it just magically happened.

Things that seemed impossible just fell into place and lo and behold, we were able to create this Louvre-worthy production and shoot the iconic doctor and business woman in a series of couture creations—plus a healthy dose of plaster. We reckon it might’ve been the collective’s sheer force of will, including Dr. Belo herself of course, who is certainly no stranger to willing things into fruition.

Dr. Vicki Belo has worked with MEGA countless times before. She’s not only the woman trusted by some of the most beautiful faces in the country, but she herself a sought-after face and expert. As an interview subject, she’s colorful, articulate, intelligent, endlessly interesting and full of charm. In her first MEGA cover shoot and story, Dr. Belo was all of those and so much more. The team wasn’t sure if she was open to having plaster applied on her face and hair, especially for a magazine cover, but she trusted the vision, and—more importantly—saw the beauty in it.

If there’s anything that Belo cannot deny, it’s when she sees beauty in front of her. It’s the same case with MEGA. So despite all the challenges, the shoot happened and it was magical, delightful, and utterly unforgettable.

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Photography: GEE PLAMENCO assisted by FERDINAND ANCAJAS
Cover story text: ALYSSA LAPID
Creative direction: JANN PASCUA
Fashion direction: JEB FRONDA.
Beauty direction: TRINA EPILEPSIA BOUTAIN
Sittings editor: PEEWEE REYES-ISIDRO
Makeup: PONG NIU
Hair: JAN EDROSALAN
Styling: BANG PINEDA assisted by HARLEY GRAJO
Production Design: JUSTINE ARCEGA BUMANLAG
Shot on location: SHUTTER SPACE STUDIOS
Gold textured dress by OSCAR DELA RENTA