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!


Meet the Talent: James Bamba – Traditional Weaver

by Joan Awa

 

Chamorrita Swimwear Features Traditional Weaver, James Bamba Accessories In Photo Shoots

 

Accessories have always been a necessity to complete a beach ready look - from bangles, body chains, a cute floral headband to a sexy bead wraparound on the arm, these little details are what make the beach-goer look like the ultimate chamorrita walking around our sandy shores.

 

When we were taking our photos for our site, not only did we have to find the most bonita girls to rock our island-style suits but we also made sure the suit and accessories on the girls are the perfect pair. Local artisan, James Bamba’s creations came hand in hand when we were piecing the looks together for the shoots.

 

James Bamba, one of Guam’s most gifted traditional weavers has used his skill that was passed on to him by his aunt and uncle since 1995. He creates masterpieces using one of the island’s abundant natural resources, pandanus. A native plant to the island of Guam, pandanus is fibrous and strong, making it the ideal plant for weaving. Leaves from the akgak, have been used by Guam’s ancestors thousands of years ago to create baskets for food and storage, decorations for ceremonies and also body ornamentation like flowers, headbands and belts. James’ talent also extends to carving, recreating small-scaled replicas of traditional artifacts. His knowledge of the skills his ancestors possessed has moved him to educate the youth in preserving a trade that was once shared by many. His work and products are showcased and readily available for purchase at the Sågan Kotturan CHamoru Cultural Center in Tamuning. James continues to take effect online, using social media to reach out to his fellow Guamanians in gaining awareness of weaving. Full details of his journey and his work can be found on his site, www.ginen-guahan.com. For those who are interested in re-connecting with the arts of their cultural pasts, James is the ultimate choice to gain that connection. He will educate you, guide you and demonstrate the traditional art of weaving and what it means to be an artisan of the Chamoru culture.

 

Photo: Myong Hong Prodigy Studios with Carmela Tyquiengco and James Bamba's Guagua'

 

 

Photo: Myong Hong Prodigy Studios with Carmela on James Bamba's Guafak

 

 

Photo: Manny Rona with Alyssa Gumabon and one of James' bracelets

 

 

 

 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!


Guam Fitness Competitor and a cheeky or two in Hawaii...

Team Guam just landed on Hawaii, headed to the Ikaika Bodybuilding Championship on June 28, 2014 with 5 of the finest athletes to represent the best Guam has to offer in Bodybuilding and the many divisions of the sport like Physique, Figure and Bikini.

Chamorrita Swimwear has been fortunate to have MaryAnn Morrison sport the Hila'an Reversible 4-Way Top & Mata'pang Cheeky Sporty Bottom for her beach photoshoot in Hawaii to capture the moment with talented artist Musashi Flores of Musashi671 Photography.

MaryAnn is a Fitness Competitor in the Figure Division who has been competing since 98 and who qualified for Nationals at the Ikaika Bodybuilding Championships. Keep an eye on her as she plans to continue her training efforts with Tony Morrison Program to get her pro card.

The beauty of this shoot has been the collaboration with Musashi who was born and raised on Guam in the villages of Tamuning and Yona. Musashi used to swim and represented the island in the Micronesia Games, South Pacific Games, and Oceanic Games. He traveled extensively for the sport before joining the military and then, like many islanders ended up leaving Guam... physically that is, not in his heart. Check out his new passion for underwater photography on his Facebook page.

More Photos on Chamorrita Swimwear Facebook

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Photos Musashi671

MUA Chris Castro