Being the next Barretto in line for the spotlight, Claudia’s got big shoes to fill—but she’s got other ideasStyling NICOLE BLANCO RAMOS, Art direction ALEXANDRA LARA, Makeup OWEN SARMIENTO, Hair JA FELICIANO, Sittings Editor SARAH SANTIAGO, Special thanks to CASA REAL Porcelain skin, prominent cheekbones and tumbling waves of ebony hair—all the telltale signs point the arrows toward one inevitable realization: this girl is a Barretto. In spite of having the media hot on her heels since the onset of her sister’s show business career, 16-year-old Claudia Barretto has remained a fresh face on the scene—a feat she owes to her unshakeable commitment to her studies. After all, this is the girl who flung her arms up in victory proclaiming “Time to study!” after a day of shooting. Or perhaps, her lasting novelty is an optimistic outturn of her standing decision to keep her distance from the acting industry. With a grand total of zero sob-story roles and athletic victories instead of toe-curling romance shows decorating her resumé, Claudia is a much-needed breath of fresh air. Even with the burgeoning hype surrounding the teenager and her star-studded ménage, one thing is for certain: slow and steady, she is growing beyond the fame she was born into. And with the same resilience attributed to the women who bear her surname, Claudia is finding a niche for herself, at her own pace. [/one_half] [one_half_last] [/one_half_last]
“A day spent treading down soil paths and shooting in the mid-afternoon heat did nothing to weather her spirits”
Cream and ecru tiered dress by PABLO CABAHUG“I’ve always wanted to become a singer,” admits Claudia, introducing music as another of her life’s focal points. Rather than turning on her heels to shy away from the quick-changing whirlwind that is Philippine show business, the teen remains open to the idea of kicking off a career as a vocalist. But typical to her go-with-the-flow personality, Claudia is in no rush, gladly letting her singing take a temporary back seat.
[one_half] White long-sleeved lace blouse by WAREHOUSE, Piña short sleeved bolero by PABLO CABAHUG [/one_half][one_half_last] A-GAME We’re set on getting our hands on whatever elixir relentlessly keeps Claudia at the top of her game. A yes man if there ever was one, a day spent treading down soil paths and shooting in the mid-afternoon heat did nothing to weather her spirits. From lying back in the company of weeds and wild grass to posing atop a semi-stable chair in a tiered Pablo Cabahug number, Claudia’s answer to our directions remained unchanged all throughout: an unwavering, resounding yes. Perhaps credit is due to her experience as a football player, long hours of training in full view of the sun ingrained into her nimble persona. Or perhaps we have her natural fluency in front of the camera to thank. No stranger to flaunting her angles, Claudia worked the lens like a veteran in disguise of a novice, which begs the question: does the ability to enchant the camera run as strong as staying power in the Barretto bloodline, or is Claudia a full-fledged natural? Chances are, it’s a little bit of both.The very representation of coming of age in the present, Claudia Barretto is a blank slate in the best of ways. Refreshingly versatile and armed with a self-confessed sense of humor, she laughs and brands our February photo shoot the most noteworthy highlight of her year thus far. Well on her way to paving an iconic status of her own, we’ve got a hunch she’s got even greater things coming her way. [/one_half_last]
“And with the same resilience attributed to the women who bear her surname, Claudia is finding a niche for herself, at her own pace”
[one_half] Blush long-sleeved chiffon top with ruffle details by MISS SELFRIDGE, Pink short-sleeved top with floral appliqués by H&M, Pink skirt with floral appliqués by H&M , Black platform sandal by FOREVER 21, Earrings by FOREVER 21 [/one_half] [one_half_last] White floor-length cotton dress with ruffle details by H&M, White lace top with bell sleeves by MISS SELFRIDGE, Black lace-up espadrilles by FOREVER 21 [/one_half_last]
[one_half] Cream and ecru tiered dress by PABLO CABAHUG, Gray brushed cotton coat by JOSEPH, Silver ear cuff by FOREVER 21 [/one_half] [one_half_last] White long-sleeved lace blouse by WAREHOUSE, Piña short sleeved bolero by PABLO CABAHUG, White neoprene skirt with floral appliqués by JUN ESCARIO, Black metallic choker by MYTH [/one_half_last]