If you had asked actress-musician Maris Racal a month ago about her summer #OOTD preferences, she would have given bikinis a thumbs-down. It would be so out of her rather conservative character, she’d say. But during the Holy Week break, the often-cute and perky young star sent Instagram quivering with her beach-set posts of her in, yes, a bikini.
“'Pag nandon ka kasi super free lang ng mga tao, and wala silang pake kung anong susuotin mo—kung gaano kaiksi, gaano ka-revealing. Wala silang pake lahat, like, it's normal. Nung nandon ako, normal lang naman pala. So, ni-try ko sya,” recalled Maris in our chat with her at the #SkechersMoveInStyle event, where she strutted some of the brand’s latest collaboration with musician-cum-designer Camila Cabello.
Along with Carlo Aquino, Maris received an invite from her “kambal” Bela Padilla to the renowned surfing seas of Siargao. The three celebs surely kicked off summer in spontaneity—as online onlookers have seen from the 20 year-old actress’ various posts. Maris especially looked ecstatic relishing the sand and waters in her skimpies, even captioning a post with “Siargao changed my heart.”
“I wanted to try surfing out,” she explained, “At syempre, gusto ko ding makita yung place.”
Maris has since found it strange—and a little bit ridiculous—how people who’ve just seen her bare for the first time would go on to ask about her tight figure.
“Payat na talaga ako!” she laughed. Besides, she said, it’s not as close to that of her “goal” and ultimate #fitspo Lovi Poe! “Hindi talaga ako nag-e-exercise. Siguro yung abs, wala lang sya. Sumasayaw kasi ako lagi—that's my exercise.”
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Photographs taken from Maris' Instagram account | Banner photograph by Jose Liwanag