Last 2014, singer Charice Pempengco made international news when she came out on the closet, which she did on Oprah Winfrey’s show Oprah: Where Are They Now? Pempengco told Oprah, “Basically, my soul is male, but I’m not going to go through that stage where I’m going to change everything.” Slowly, the internationally-recognized star proudly changed her look, embracing a more masculine style.
And now, she is on the cover Mega magazine’s supplement Mega Man, with the caption “When Charice sings (and speaks), we listen.”
The photo was posted on Mega‘s Facebook page, and was captioned:
In a move that can only be described as bold and daring, we tread unprecedented waters with headline-making international singing sensation Charice on the cover of MEGA Man. Looking equal parts sartorial and rugged in dressed up denim from the best of local and menswear and of course, Levi’s, Charice speaks her truth and we come to know and understand on the most personal level yet. By most accounts, this has never been done before and whatever way the pendulum will swing, this was move worth taking.
Taking liberty and inspiration from the bahani of Mindanao’s Bagobo tribe, we dissect the way of the warrior as both a feared savage and a revered pillar of an old-world community and handsomely decorate them in the best of Philippine menswear.
Whatever the case or realization may be, there is one thing we are sure of—we couldn’t be prouder of this decision than we already are. You should be, too.
Charice first shot to fame when she gave a hair-raising performance at the South Korean talent show Star King. Then it was her many guestings at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, followed by Oprah’s dubbing of her as “the most talented girl in the world.” She has also performed on Glee, and with Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, and Celine Dion. Other things that made headlines were her appointment as judge for The X Factor, her Botox procedure, and when her song “Pyramid” entered the Billboard Hot 100. Charice became the second Filipina to enter the charts after Jaya in 1990.
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