Hazel de Leon: The Face That Would Represent The Philippines
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, November 15, 2019 6:40am
Photo courtesy of Art Personas
We’ve come to applaud Art Personas for giving local creatives a stage to showcase their work, such as the case with their Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival. But apart from that, it also gives talents—specifically models—an opportunity to grace the world stage with Face of the Philippines.
One of the aspiring models Art Personas paved the way to is 17-year-old Hazel de Leon. As it has always been her dream to be a model, she pursued until she won a title of the Face of the Philippines, a local modeling competition. Soon, she will fly to South Korea for The Face of Asia, competing with models from 25 different Asian countries.
But it wasn’t always victory for Hazel. She worked hard to be a worthy model—it comes with little downfalls at times. As a student, she started joining her school’s beauty pageants. A couple of times, she didn’t win. But with determination, she saw those loses as a way to improve herself. Hazel gained confidence and courage like never before.
Even her journey in The Face of the Philippines is not a walk in the park. She had a series of challenges she needed to complete. The fact that she won proves she overcame every single one. However, that doesn’t mean she didn’t struggle. In fact, she did—financially.
“The challenging part during the competition was not actually the shoot. What was challenging for me was where will I get the allowance for me to be able to attend the workshop. My allowance for school was just enough,” Hazel recalled.
Financial difficulties were not enough to stop her. She continued to give the best she could—even if it means wearing heels while doing household chores. Hazel wanted to be worthy of being The Face of the Philippines. Now, she is ready for bigger opportunities.
“The workshops before the actual challenges were definitely a big thing for us aspiring models. I was also able to make new friends in this competition. That is why I’m thankful for Art Personas for this opportunity,” she said.
Modeling sure is glamorous. But it’s not as easy as it looks—more so getting yourself in the industry. But for those whose dream is to walk down the runway as a top model, nothing is too difficult. If you want to pursue or modeling, or any dream for that matter, here’s Hazel’s advice: Do it now.
“I’ll use my title to encourage all young aspiring models to do it now. Not tomorrow, not next year, but now! If you have a dream. Dream big! Nothing is impossible if you believe in your self,” she advised.