#135: Daiana Menezes on FHM October 2011

I have to say that this month’s cover star has got to be the most Pinoy among the many Brazilian imports making their names on local entertainment industry. How can we not adore these Westerners? They are undeniably good-looking. Almost god-like. Just the right amount of  ‘mestizo’ most (but not all. I tell you) Filipinos are looking up to.

What sets Daiana Menezes apart from her kababayans is her surprising Pinoy appeal. It helps that her career jump-started via Eat Bulaga!. I mean, what can be more Pinoy than Eat Bulaga when we talk about the entertainment industry? And in case you haven’t noticed yet, she speaks our language like she has been using it all her life. She even sounds more Pinoy than other full-blooded Filipino.

Her humour is also undeniably that of the masang Pilipino. Loud and animated. She’s one bubbly character.

And if things stay as they are, I believe Daiana is in it for the long run. Undeniably mestiza features, cute Filipina accent, doll-like appearance, masa appeal and all that jazz made her win the hearts of every dabarkads.

COVER

The FHM covers for 2011 looks better compared to that of the yesteryears. The cover looks good although this one’s  not the best.

The cover photo itself looks over the top. Add to that the awkwardly positioned texts.

COVER STORY

Daiana’s interview is short and sweet. I can say that she has totally embraced the Filipino culture, even the people, yes.

Her photos, are a bit disappointing, though. Her assets were not emphasized well. I mean her well-defined rear end was not, uhm, put into good use.

The photos with the silk cloth looked better compared to the latter layouts.

It wasn’t really that bad, it’s just that FHM has set the bar high with their previous issues and they have been out doing themselves more often than not as the year unfolds.

And I repeat my sentiment last month: put EB Babe Saida on the cover.

FEATURED GIRLS

I have nothing much to say about the girls this month. Their photos look better compared to that of  last month’s. One thing noticeable though is the decrease of the number of photos for the girls’ spreads.

My favorite girl has got to be Chiaki Morita followed by Erika Bacani. The other girls are Kaiyar Trinidad and Mariel Sorino.

Jerico Montemayor and Paul Ticzon are among the newer FHM photographers I look up to. They have been doing an amazing job in presenting the girls. I’m just wondering why Jay Tablante has yet to do another cover shoot as of late. His last cover, I guess, was with Ehra Madrigal for the June 2008 issue.

This month’s incoming babe is named Barbie and the GF’s a cat lover named Apple.

This year’s Premiere vixen search is nearing its conclusion. I have to say that last year’s girls are better. I mean, they have made some sort of impact to the readers and their bunch is more diverse. Last year’s photo shoots for the Vixens are more impressive.

Ayumi Sogawa, Dorina Groh and Linda Persson are the top three Vixens of this year’s Premiere search. I thought Kyoko Amano would be the runaway winner, but I guess I’m wrong. I’m for Linda Persson. Or Ayumi Sogawa. Dorina Groh’s poses are amateur. And her body looks… yeah… Go last year’s Vixens!

FEATURED ARTICLES

This month’s reads are a mixture of entertaining, useful and mouth-watering.

The one about the Pinoy monsters (supernatural and fictional characters of terror) is very entertaining. The write-up is good and the illustrations are amazing.

The (very) useful one is about future-proofing one’s life. I haven’t read that one, otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging this one anymore. Yeah. The future can wait.

The mouth-watering one is about pizzas. Enough said. The visuals on this article are very, very convincing.

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This month’s issue can qualify as one of those issues you may not purchase. It’s beautiful but not really special. But still, all of the covers for this year, so far, look promising. And Daiana is one lovable and funny girl. Lucky director, that director guy.

**cover image from FHM.com.ph