CHOICES

Julia Barretto

CHOICES

Julia Barretto

Contrary to popular belief, growing up is not the same as growing old. Sure, you may add another year to your age, but that does not assure learning from the experiences — good or bad — you had.
 

For STAIL’s December-January issue, she is choosing to take up space. That space between where she is and where she wants to be — that is growth. And growth is something you do intentionally. It does not come with age nor experience. It’s a constant decision of ownership, as we do not improve by accident. Here, STAIL is bringing last year’s experiences and lessons on to the new decade.
 

This issue, we have Julia Baretto on the cover, and I can already feel the eye rolls of so many people. But let me tell you this, she may not be the girl-next-door you expected and painted her to be… but she sure is one of the strongest and fiercest out there. She’s her own woman who never lets anybody kick her around. She knows her worth and understands what she needs, not just to survive but to thrive.
 

 “I am thankful to be able to see the beauty of things, even in the most unfortunate events.”

STAIL does not only put strong women on the cover. She brings forth women who seize what is rightfully theirs — and adds value to it — with the right amount of passion and integrity that only those with brave hearts could muster. Women who are not defined by what they have, what they do, how much they earn, but with the quality of the choices they make. Choices that make them happy, fulfilled, and yet hungry for more.
 

 “I represent strength and grace in messy situations.”

If there’s one thing I learned in this industry, it’s that you are not everyone’s piece of cake. And that’s okay because you don’t have to be. You are not required to follow the norm. Here, we embrace and acknowledge that each and everyone is different — in the way they speak, dress, and most notably in the choices they make.

On Julia Barretto: Layered Tulle Skirt by Catherine Cavilte (Instagram: @catherinecavilte). Shoes and Jewelry provided by Stylist. Hair by Bee Amarga (Contact no. +639508498208 | Email: riyahn_xxx@yahoo.com | Instagram: @Beeamarga). Makeup by Mikka Marcaida (Contact no. +639178375325 | Email: mikkamarcaida@gmail.com | Facebook: Mikka Marcaida | Instagram: @mikkamarcaida). Shot at Coco’s Garden Guest Room Manila (Contact no. +639167669170 | Facebook: Coco’s Garden Guest Room Manila).

Like all these women, STAIL chooses to be who she wants and who she deserves to be: fearless, passionate, and different.

 “The things that don’t matter to me will never tap my energy. Not even one percent of it.”

On Julia Barretto: Peach Column Dress with Custom Nude and Brown Coat by Bessie Besanal (Instagram: @bessiebesana). Shoes and Jewelry provided by Stylist. Hair by Bee Amarga (Contact no. +639508498208 | Email: riyahn_xxx@yahoo.com | Instagram: @Beeamarga). Makeup by Mikka Marcaida (Contact no. +639178375325 | Email: mikkamarcaida@gmail.com | Facebook: Mikka Marcaida | Instagram: @mikkamarcaida). Shot at Coco’s Garden Guest Room Manila (Contact no. +639167669170 | Facebook: Coco’s Garden Guest Room Manila).

On Julia Barretto: Peach Column Dress with Custom Nude and Brown Coat by Bessie Besanal (Instagram: @bessiebesana). Shoes and Jewelry provided by Stylist. Hair by Bee Amarga (Contact no. +639508498208 | Email: riyahn_xxx@yahoo.com | Instagram: @Beeamarga). Makeup by Mikka Marcaida (Contact no. +639178375325 | Email: mikkamarcaida@gmail.com | Facebook: Mikka Marcaida | Instagram: @mikkamarcaida). Shot at Coco’s Garden Guest Room Manila (Contact no. +639167669170 | Facebook: Coco’s Garden Guest Room Manila).

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Special Thanks To

Photographer: Shaira Luna. Video Producer: Carmela Birao. Assistant Video Producer: Amiel Kabigting. Web Developer: Andrea Dominique Dawal. Designer: Bessie Besana and Catherine Cavilte. Stylist: Stylists’s Closet. Hair Stylist: Bee Amarga. Makeup Artist: Mikka Marcaida. Accessories: Stylists’s Closet. Shoes: Stylists’s Closet. Food: Master Buffalo. Shoot Location: Coco’s Garden Guest Room Manila. Special Thanks To Julia Barretto And Star Magic Management.