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Every Last Angle of Angel Aquino

Look back and into our August 2017 issue, in which we named The Filipina the Sexiest Woman Alive.
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The power of the supermodel lies in her angles—she knows them and knows when and how to show them. Angel Aquino’s angles begin with her eyes and her cheekbones, which respectively gather light and emit it, in an eternal loop that is interrupted only when she breaks her stare and strikes another pose. The angles continue: Her jaw points here and a shoulder points there, the line of a drawn leg inscribes itself as if determined by an immutable formula.

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But that is only the beginning. The rest of her, despite her name, and despite every outward appearance, is perfectly human. The inner Angel is survivor and eternal student, celebrity and devoted mother. She’s seen some things and been through things, adopting a Generation-X outlook that paints a broad and blurry line between careful and carefree. One moment she’ll tell you about a childhood spent going to the wet market with her father, and in another she’ll give you unbidden and unrestrained details on a recent relationship. But she’ll be smiling all throughout, which is something supermodels don’t ever do.

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The truth is that she has been an actress far longer than she was ever a model. She’s been in more than a few Lav Diaz films and a handful of soaps. She’s played the young mother, the crying lady, the virgin whore, and the kontrabida. It’s the way she looks that deceives you: improbably young for her age (which she’ll tell you) and incredibly innocent for all the lives she’s led. This, perhaps, is Angel’s most powerful angle, inscribed by an almost invisible line that marks the surface but doesn’t break it: the impossible joining of the outer image and the inner self.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue of Esquire Philippines.

Minor edits have been made by Esquiremag.ph editors.

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