#136: Ornusa Cadness and Sanya Smith on FHM November 2011

When was the last time FHM featured real, working models on their cover? I mean, those days when TV stars don’t frequent the cover of this rag? The closest I remember was Misa Campo’s February stint, but I don’t think Misa is a “model-model”. Not the glossy one, I mean. Well, back in 2007, Brazilian babe Ariani Nogueira did FHM. She was here mainly for Eat! Bulaga, though. In 2006, Amanda Griffin appeared back-to-back with Karel Marquez on the cover. There. 5 years since a real-deal model did the cover of FHM.

Ornusa Cadness. Sanya Smith. Silver-ish. Naked-ish. Side-by-side.


It’s really refreshing to see these girls on the cover. It’s been a long time since we last saw something this raw on the cover. Although the comparison with Aubrey Miles’ July 2009 cover is inevitable, I can say that this one’s a bit different.

The cover layout was rocking, pretty much coherent with the attitude of the cover muses. And have you noticed that there have been no red-colored logo on the cover of FHM this year? WalaLungs.


Seeing these girls on the cover is a breath of fresh air since TV stars have been frequenting FHM as of late (since 2005, I mean). I believe models like Ornusa and Sanya will make better subjects when doing an interview since we only have little knowledge about their lives. Unlike those TV stars whose personal stories are almost always readily available.

This month also marks the return of Doc Marlon Pecjo as the main lensman after his June 2011 stint. I wonder why FHM rarely get him as the cover shoot photographer nowadays. I remember him doing 11 out of 12 covers back in 2009.

Also, it’s hard not to compare this month’s photo shoot to that of Aubrey Miles back in 2009 because of the utter similarities of the shoots’ setting. And yes, Doc Marlon did these shoots. The thing that’s almost always noticeable with Pecjo’s photos is its rawness.

And with the girls, the shoot is kinda underwhelming. I mean this is not Ornusa’s best FHM photos (although this one’s the one with the least articles of clothing) and Sanya should have more photos.


The girls, being fashion models, are known to be high-fashion but their photos are very relatable.  At first, I thought they would have very editorial-like photographs and poses but they toned it down to be suitable to the men’s magazine reading masses. Their interviews are very entertaining, too.

 It’s also a plus to know that we have girls doing their poses like they mean it. I mean they know how to work with he camera well, thus the good-looking photos we have on the magazine.


The girls could use more photos. I believe they have more photos worthy of being included in their spread.

 And they should have included more variety with the photos of them together.

 And yes, this could be their last men’s magazine appearance.


I would say that Sanya Smith delivered better photos. Her lines are rockin’ and her eyes are just so tantalizing. Add to that her sexy jaw line. Ornusa’s still a big crush of mine, though. I just hope that FHM featured Sanya as much as Ornusa.


The only one I found worth reading is the comedy feature.

The first part includes Ramon Bautista with other comedians of different styles giving advice on laughing your way to a girl’s heart. It was entertaining on most parts. I just hope that Ramon did more talking.

The second part has comediennes doing a photo shoot, the FHM style. We have there Chariz Solomon, KitKat, Rufa Mi and Tuesday Vargas.

Some of the interviews were bland, though some of their photos delivered. I have always admired Tuesday Vargas, though. She knows how to do her comedy while taking herself seriously. Plus slapstick has grown old and distasteful for me.

Who am I kidding? The one about the Philippine Dragon Boat team looks interesting, too- although I haven’t read it yet.


We have Zo Duro and a girl named Ally. Nothing really note worthy.

This issue’s almost a winner. The cover girls are enough to enjoy this month’s release.

*cover image from FHM.com.ph