Meet The Talent

Catching Waves: Chamorrita Swimwear Feature in C’est Moi Magazine’s Swimsuit Issue

by Joan Awa

 

Chamorrita Swimwear has been surfing huge waves all summer long, all the way to the internationally known, C’est Moi Magazine. The editorial is known for ‘celebrating and glorifying the love of fashion, beauty, music, art and culture’, which sums up everything that our brand supports on a local scale. Our homegrown chamorritas, talented photographers and gifted traditional craftsmen are leaving footprints in the sand - not even the strongest tides could wash them away.  

 

C’est Moi Magazine’s swimsuit edition highlights our latest and greatest collections and collaborations showcasing the island’s most esteemed and skilled talent.

 

Sarah Earl Kellies, wearing the sexy and sleek Fu’A Neoprene in Espresso is pictured holding the savory niyok, which reminds us the beauty of having an abundance of our natural resources. The niyok provides meat to be eaten, water to quench thirst and the shells are multi-purpose; making it versatile and practical, just like our bikinis. Photographer Lewis Santos, from Frozen Moments captures the perfect ‘moment’ of Sarah’s head turned to face the ocean at Ritidian Beach, also a Guam National Wildlife Refuge, which protects and preserves the endangered plants and animals of the island.  

 

A familiar face to Guam and Hawaii’s modeling industry, the sultry Victoria Espaldon, wears the Fu'A Coco shot by the infamous, Guam-bred and Hawaii resident photographer, Musashi671. Victoria, better known as ‘Tori’, has made a name for herself in a short amount of time. Almost an overnight sensation, her Instagram account boasts an estimated total of 12,800 followers, making her one of, if not, the most popular resident model of Guam.  

 

Fellow Frenchman to the father of the bikini, photographer Pierre Bernut of New Caledonia, from the French Pacific Islands shows off his skills caputuring model, Tumata in the Neon Fu'a Sport. Bernut’s style is very unique, exhibiting his individuality with a different perspective, by adding a French twist!  

 

Hailing from the village of Merizo, the bonita Carmela Tyquiengco, is pictured fluffing her talaya, an ancient Chamorro fishing net. Carmela has done professional work for both islands she was raised in. She’s landed front covers for local publications on Guam, has walked the runway in Miami Fashion Week under her agency, Larson Talent in Hawaii and continues to make the island proud with opportunities that has come her way. She is pictured wearing Talo’fo’fo Pixie Dust Pink Print by Manny Rona, who is known to be one of the ‘top’ and sought after photographers in the island.

 

New mommy and model Leandra Vasquez in the Coco Fu'A Yolo photographed by Joe Cruz of FStop Guam Photography relaxes on the Ulitao Sakman, a traditional canoe built by Ron Acfalle. Ron continues to pursue awareness in the preservation of the Chamorro culture through his crafts, and knowledge of traditional dance, song and chanting which he showcases in the Lina’la Cultural Park to locals and tourists. The infamous landmark of Two Lover's Point is pictured in the background; named after the legend of two young lovers who were forbidden to be together but found no reason to be apart.

 

 

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C’est Moi Magazine Team.
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"glorifies the love of fashion, beauty, music, and culture"
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 About Joan Awa

Joan Awa was raised on the beautiful island of Guåhan and has remained a resident since. With no thoughts of leaving, she continues to pursue her writing within the island. She currently writes for local publications such as Uno Magazine and is working on several literary works of her own. She is a huge fan of local artisans, businesses and their products, including Chamorrita Swimwear, which she loves to blog for!


Catching Waves: Uno Magazine Swimsuit Issue – June/July 2014

by Joan Awa

 

Chamorrita Swimwear gets featured for the first time on Guam’s Best, Uno Magazine

 

It's a scorching day at the Yigo Raceway and for the first time, Chamorrita Swimwear was asked to be featured in the island’s most renowned magazine, Uno. The blazing tracks was just one of the many locations our racy beauties had to endure at the photoshoots. And the heat wasn’t the only thing burning things up - the models were just as maipe’ on the scene in our latest collection.

 

For four years, Uno Magazine has been featuring the latest and greatest products, profiles and popular culture in Guam. Not to mention, anything and everything representing the island as well. A fresh twist in the local business, we were the ultimate choice for the annual summer issue – swimsuits are our specialty.  Nine models, six locations and over twenty different looks, sounds like the next issue of Sports Illustrated and, we made it happen. Once the summer issue was out, the project showed its purpose, the best magazine highlighting the current best bikini brand on Guam was the perfect mix and match! In case you missed it, you can peek into the pages of an online version available at www.unoguam.com

 

What is a bikini? A question that we’re always asked during an interview. And it’s a question we have perfected to answer when Uno asked us to explain. The name ‘bikini’ originated from the testing of the atomic bombs, which was the smallest particle then. Former automobile engineer turned fashion designer, Louis Réard paid homage to the bombings at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands of Micronesia after erupting as controversy for being promoted as, “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit”. The Frenchman created the iconic statement piece in 1946 and was responsible for bringing the bikini back to the pacific area of Micronesia. Influenced by Réard, Chamorrita Swimwear has combined the designs of an Italian low cut and a flirty Brazilian fit for minimal coverage to accentuate the natural beauty of the female body. Every curve is enhanced and featured to look its finest, making it sexy and suitable for everyone. Like the explosions, our answer was not only a small lesson in history but also, we were making history – by becoming the first brand to create a small wonder with a big hit! And how small you may ask, Louis Réard couldn’t have said it any better, “a bikini is not a bikini unless it fits through a wedding ring.”

 

Our photoshoots with Uno usually ended with the orange sun sinking into the deep blue waters, telling us it’s time to say ‘adios’. At the end of the day, the models found it difficult to part with our bikinis and we’d like to think our bikinis couldn’t part with them as well. But it wasn’t the last time they will be seeing each other; it would be on the cover, like Sarah and full page spreads in the swimsuit issue for Lorna and Alyssa, whom we worked with for a few more projects to add on their portfolios. Chamorrita Swimwear has had several collaborations since then, not only with Uno but also with aspiring models and budding photographers who want to showcase their talent and work.

 

 

   

 

 About Joan Awa

Joan Awa was raised on the beautiful island of Guåhan and has remained a resident since. With no thoughts of leaving, she continues to pursue her writing within the island. She currently writes for local publications such as Uno Magazine and is working on several literary works of her own. She is a huge fan of local artisans, businesses and their products, including Chamorrita Swimwear, which she loves to blog for!