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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 8, 2010

Iza Calzado's career bloomed because of Beauty Queen

IZA CALZADO admits her career definitely benefited from her primetime soap, “Beauty Queen”, being a hit. Fashion designer and garments mogul Ramon Sabella, who has 235 outlets in various malls nationwide, just got her to be their signature model. Flawless also made her one of their new endorsers. “Marami pang ibang offers and I’m grateful to GMA for ‘Beauty Queen’ as it’s really a great concept. I’m happy to endorse Sabella as I really love their creations that are classy and elegant. They fit me well, lalo na ako, I’m shapely, I have hips, but they also fit my personality and the way I want people to perceive me.”

So why did he get Iza to replace Sunshine Dizon and Rhian Ramos? “She’s no replacement as Sunshine and Rhian are still part of our family,” says Mr. Sabella. “I’ve been dressing Iza up for a long time but now, it’s official. The reason we got her is, Iza, please stand up.” Iza did and it’s obvious her great beauty and slim figure are enough reasons for any designer to get her as their image model. She says she’ll now be wearing Sabella creations regularly in “Beauty Queen”. Her career is really on a roll as she also has an offer to do another international film (after “The Echo”) with popular Thai actor Ananda Everingham (best known for “Shutter”). “Under negotiation pa lang, sana matuloy.”

In “Beauty Queen”, most of her scenes now are with Marvin Agustin as Donald, a tycoon in love with him as she looks so much like his dead wife. Marvin holds her captive in an island and she tries to escape from him. In doing so, her face falls into a bonfire and becomes horribly disfigured, requiring her to undergo a series of operations to restore her beautiful face, but this proves to be a failure.