“First time to share a little bit of something I've kept to myself for so long.... Thank you Metro (Weddings) for taking care of me and my story...”
Anne Curtis wrote this as the caption for a recent Instagram post as if she were outing a lifetime-kept secret. But she was obviously referring to her cover with Metro Weddings, of her as a bride-to-be to entrepreneur-social media personality Erwan Heussaff. After Belle Daza, Georgina Wilson, and sis-in-law Solenn, Anne is the only remaining ‘it’ girl of her gen technically single. And for one of local TV, cinema, and even music’s most prized star who seemed to have covered every fashion, art, and men’s mag we have randomly browsed through at some coffee shop or salon, she seemed particularly twitchy about this one.
But it was for a reason.
Metro Weddings’ editor-in-chief Kate Paras, who produced the special shoot, reasons, “We were told that she was really picky about to whom she’ll share her story. For her, it wasn’t that easy to talk about her wedding.”
If you haven’t seen a copy of Metro Weddings’ most recent ish, Anne did two covers: One of her in a fringy, sequin-laden Patricia Santos and then another of the multimedia star in a veiled fascinator by Mich Dulce.
Kate says Anne really kept the shoot very personal, only inviting her closest friends in the creative industry to glam her up for the shoot—photographer Mark Nicdao, makeup artist Robbie Piñera (who, mind you, used Anne’s very own blk Cosmetics), hairstylist Raymond Santiago, and wardrobe specialists from her friend Liz Uy’s Stylized Studio.
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On a late Wednesday afternoon in August, Anne met the Metro Weddings team at the nostalgia-inducing Rizal Park Hotel in Manila. A pro at this thing, she breezed through around six layouts of designer outfits while adorned with Cartier and Jewelmer. The theme showed Anne looking effortlessly sultry in her signature pouty smile, with her hair extended down but slightly tousled. She looked too gorgeous she came off a little unattainable, and too enigmatic she exuded dangerous charisma. Think a la equally multitalented Jane Birkin, gazing at his brother Andrew’s lens back in the day.
“Every photo was cover-worthy!” Kate recalls. “She helped choose the gowns—she said they should be different from what she’ll wear at her actual wedding. We wanted trendy statement dresses—beaded, feathery, figure-hugging, laces, even an all-white suit.”
“She was so easy to work with!”
As for the much talked about topless shoot, Kate says it was Anne and Mark’s idea.
“The veil was just a spur-of-the-moment thing,” the magazine editor reveals. “There’s a lot of mystery in that photo. You know it’s Anne, but you’re not sure. So, you really have to stare.”
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Kate saw another level of Anne’s selectiveness at post-production, which again she found understandable.
“She incorporated comments into the final photos... She found this one to be really special.”
Next to the cover shoot, Kate says the interview was another level of Anne Curtis tease.
“You’ll learn a lot about her preparations for her wedding, but no one really knows when it is!” the editor says. “She’s just going to surprise us, but she says it’s ‘soon.’”
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Covers by Mark Nicdao | Additional photographs by Kate Paras