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The label "Internet celebrity" makes her cringe but there's no doubt that Tricia Gosingtian, 22, is a sensation online and otherwise. This photographer, stylist, model and fashion blogger has made it to list after list: SPOT.ph's Top 10 It Girls, Lookbook.nu's Top 10 Fashion Inspirations, Preview's Creative It List, The Philippine Star's 22 Achievers Under 22, YStyle's The Fashionable 25, Go Negosyo Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs, and more.
Her biggest and most recent fashion coup was to be among the bloggers that Tumblr sent to cover the recent New York Fashion Week. Of the chosen 24, the Filipino-Chinese artist was the only blogger from Asia. There, she met fashion stalwart Oscar de la Renta and toured his studio, had brunch with Marie Claire Fashion Director Nina Garcia, and spotted the Anna Wintour. (She also had a brush with intrigue because of a certain interview; read about it on her Twitter.)
The Chictopia style icon chats with SPOT.ph about her NY Fashion Week adventure, the perks and snags of being a famous fashion blogger, and why she's never cosplayed—contrary to popular opinion.
Behind-the-scenes at a fashion shoot last year featuring Tricia Gosingtian. Styling and video editing by Gosingtian.
What is it about "Asian aesthetics and Japanese fashion, beauty and culture" you love?
I've always loved that dolled-up look they always have, as well as that knack for mixing and matching pieces together resulting in genius ensembles I can never replicate. They have so many fashion subcultures and it's amazing how they even have magazines that cater to each one. I'm an avid collector of Japanese magazines and I follow a lot of their helpful hair and makeup tutorials.
Your photos have been published in a lot of local publications and some foreign ones too. Which magazine do you aspire to get published in?
Nylon, totally. And ViVi (Japan) even if it's such a dream.
Which foreign model do you dream of working with? Why?
Karlie Kloss has been my favorite international model for a while now, and it was such a pleasure to be able to take her photos on the runway when I went to New York for Fashion Week. I'd love to work with her. But I'm glad I have a close friend who's like a Karlie clone; that's probably the closest I can get to my dream.
How would you style and photograph the Filipino models currently making waves abroad like Danica Magpantay, Charo Ronquillo and Chat Almarvez?
Off-duty models, street-style.
On the Spot: Tricia Gosingtian
Tricia Gosingtian with Marie Claire Fashion Director, Project Runway judge and book author Nina Garcia. Tumblr flew Gosingtian and 23 other bloggers to the recent New York Fashion Week. She wrote, "(Nina) was just absolute perfection. We had brunch with her at Cipriani and she asked us a lot of things about blogging, fashion and well, blogging about fashion." Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley at the New York Fashion Week. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
"Oscar de la Renta has this view from his office window... It was mind blowing to see something with so much history behind it and to meet someone so legendary," Gosingtian wrote. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian shot the cover of Uno’s November 2010 issue featuring Ramon Bautista and Paloma. Photo by Mads Adrias, from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
"Proud to say I shot my first ever magazine cover at age 21," Gosingtian wrote. "Different from the usual fashion/glamor that I normally do, but this was extra fun because… well, it was for Uno’s humor issue. Ramon and Paloma are both extremely funny people so you can just imagine all that behind-the-scenes laughter." Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian in Macau. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
The brand ambassadors of Forever 21 Philippines: Patricia Prieto for Love 21, Lissa Kahayon for Twelve By Twelve, Tricia Gosingtian for Forever 21, David Guison for 21 Men and Dominique Tiu for Heritage 1981. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian gets her wigs from her friend and makeup artist Marj Sia. "I use them for photo shoots when I’m too lazy to style my real hair or when I want to change my look without spending so much." Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Self-portraits of Tricia Gosingtian’s "dream hair." Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian recently gave a talk on photography at her alma mater, St. Paul Pasig. She wrote, "(It) was a breath of fresh air since majority of the events I’d been invited as a speaker required me to focus on my experiences on marketing myself on the Internet and fashion blogging. Being able to talk about photography by the place which encouraged me to pursue photography is so surreal." Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian in the February 2011 issue of Cosmopolitan. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian in the December 2010 issue of Candy. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian in the January 2011 issue of Look magazine. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Photo by Wesley Villarica for Tricia Gosingtian’s Red Mango campaign. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian’s Heima for Bayo campaign. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian in Eastwood Mall’s latest campaign. She wrote, "So surreal to be called Manila’s top fashion blogger and so overwhelming to be among the likes of Sidney Yap, Xeng Zulueta, Jigs Mayuga, Ana Kalaw, Alyanna Martinez and Jenni Epperson. Such a dream!" Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian wears a Topshop plaid top, Mango denim cut-offs, Doc Martens boots, a Forever 21 black connector ring, a Nasty Gal connector ring, a Topman feather necklace, and a fox tail keychain from Singapore. Photo by Seph of Love Chic, from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian wears a Topshop top, a Forever 21 bag and rings on her left hand, Five by Five clogs, and a sheer maxi skirt, a cross necklace and a wing ring from Singapore. Photo by Chase Gosingtian, from Tricia Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian wears an oversized sweater, a ruffled tiered skirt, studded cowboy boots and a cross connector ring all from Forever 21. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.
Tricia Gosingtian wears a beaded one-shoulder jersey dress, suede pumps, a necklace and hoop earrings all from Forever 21. Photo from Gosingtian’s Tumblr.