Vogue Philippines’ February 2023 Cover Features a Filipino-American Global Superstar

Photographed by Shaira Luna, discover how the story of Oscar winner and five-time Grammy awardee is felt across the world.

This month, Vogue Philippines celebrates Filipino culture, which is defined by the concept of Kapwa: being rooted in oneself and families, communities, and countrymen by recognizing diversity.

On the cover is Gabriella Wilson Sarmiento, known around the world as H.E.R. The Filipino-American Grammy and Oscar winner reveals her evolution, roots, and revolution in a story written by Raymond Ang and a spread shot by Shaira Luna. With the fields of Cabanatuan (the hometown of H.E.R.’s mother) as backdrop, the global star wears designers such as Randolf, Alrey Rosano, and Inno Sotto as curated by her stylist Wouri Vice in tandem with Vogue Philippines fashion editor Daryl Chang.

Actress, singer, and renaissance woman Nadine Lustre also shares her life’s many passions, from the island of Siargao to flowering plants to her craft. Shot by BJ Pascual in Sydney, the spread features pieces from Gucci’s Cosmogonie collection.

Within the issue, the diaspora is discussed in a months-long project by Audie Umali and Danilo Hess, which leads to portraits of 71 models with Filipino blood. In the land down under, a dialogue with Australian-based Filipino creatives, who are clad in Louis Vuitton, expresses challenges conquered and hopes pursued.

More stories that celebrate design, dedication, and diversity: Abdul Gaffar dresses the contemporary Muslim woman; Josie Natori marks her 45th anniversary; Sheila Marcelo and Kevin Yang build a school for the future wizards of Web3; up-and-coming rapper Ruby Ibarra shares the immigrant experience through her music; Budji Layug opens up his home and a lifetime of category-defying artistry to Thelma Sioson.

Meanwhile, Vogue Philippines’ February beauty pages highlight shades of red in time for Valentine’s and Chinese New Year. There is also an homage to the bottled miracles and remedies that have been a staple of Filipino homes throughout the decades.

“As a platform for creatives, Vogue Philippines is tuned into these voices, those speaking over airwaves, livestreaming rivulets of information, urging ideas forward, using fashion as a bridge to connect to identity,” says editor-in-chief Bea Valdes.

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