Andrea Brillantes lands her first ever solo cover for Chalk's April-May issue, and we've got the exclusive deets on her story!
Andrea may only be 14 but she's well on her way to figuring life out. She's far from any "basic" teen her age, this flower child already having her share of experiences that have since made her a certified toughie. In the latest issue, Chalk found more interesting discoveries about Andrea that will make you cheer for her on!
1. She has overcome her shyness. Contrary to her perky and outgoing personality now, Andrea suffered from extreme stage fright in her first audition. It led to her mom believing that she wasn't ready for showbiz, until only a few years after when Andrea found the courage to try again. She won first runner-up in the Little Miss Confetti Princess pageant back in 2010, giving her the much-needed confidence boost to finally pursue this as a career. A dream come true, indeed!
2. She started helping in the family keep at a young age. While she maybe the bunso, Andrea became the family breadwinner at the age of 10. This has taught this hardworking gal to manage her finances well and become wiser dealing with expenses.
3. She’s a testimony of how hard work and perseverance can make one’s dream come true. It took Andrea years and countless challenges before she catapulted to nationwide fame. “I waited and I prayed for my big break. Ang dami kong napagdaanan. Na-bully pa ako. Inaasar nila ako kasi iisa lang sapatos ko, medyas ko. Hindi daw ako marunong umarte, maganda lang ako. 'Tapos nu’ng nakuha ko ’yung role sa Annaliza, sabi ko, ‘Ito na, papatunayan ko na ang sarili ko. Mas magaling ako,” she shares.
4. She knows how to dream big. Aside from aspiring to be the next Dyesebel or Darna, Andrea also dreams to have the same kind of success that her idols Kendall and Kylie Jenner have achieved. She loves everything beauty and so someday she also wants to launch her own makeup line and build an empire much like Kylie's. Her ultimate dream: To buy a big house for herself!
5. She deals with insecurities the way any other girl her age would. “I grew up without friends, so na-bu-bully ako at inaasar ako na pangit ako. There was a time na I felt so low. I entered a fashion show nu’ng bata ako tapos lahat sila mapapayat, magaganda ’yung mga buhok nila at may lahi sila. Ako nu’ng bata ako, hindi pa kumpleto ’yung ngipin ko, bulok pa. Ang taba ko, so nagkaro’n ako ng problem sa pagiging confident,” she shares. However, Andrea says entering show business somehow boosted her confidence—and we hope that this will help her become more positive when it comes to her self-image.
To read the full story on Andrea Brillantes, go grab a copy of Chalk's April-May issue out in newsstands now!
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Banner photograph courtesy of Chalk Magazine.
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