MANILA - Teen star Kiray Celis drew strong cheers during a recent fashion show where she wore a figure-hugging red outfit, 2 parts of which she removed one by one.
The 18-year-old actress was among the celebrity models at the Laces and Bustiers Fashion Show, which featured bustier-inspired debutante and bridal outfits by 10 designers.
Wearing an Anna Felix design, Celis emerged on stage to screams. When the loud welcome subsided, she gestured the audience to cheer her on.
Before exiting the stage, Celis untied her tail dress to reveal a short pair of silver-embellished shorts. She then took off her puffed bolero, leaving only her bright red bustier on.
Other celebrities who took to the runway were Bea Binene, Carla Humphries, Gemmae Custodio, Glaiza de Castro, Jenny Miller, Julie Anne San Jose, Marvelous Alejo, Miriam Quiambao, Phoemela Baranda, and Ritz Azul.
Shorly before the event, Celis spoke with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual about maintaining self-confidence regardless of others' perception of beauty.
"Depende talaga sa confidence 'yan, kasi kung very shy ka at hindi mo kayang i-express ang sarili mo, kahit gaano ka kaganda, hindi lalabas ang ganda mo," she said.
Asked for her advice for girls her age who have problems with self-esteem, Celis said, "Dapat huwag mahiya. Kung ano'ng meron sa kanila, i-enhance nila 'yon. Hindi 'yun lalabas nang kusa. Kailangan tulungan nila ang sarili nila para maging proud sila sa sarili nila."
Celis was quick to answer when asked whether she would consider herself an example.
"Siyempre, sobrang proud ako sa sarili ko! First day palang! Never ako nawalan ng pag-asa sa sarili ko. Ngayon lang nila na-realize. At least na-realize din nila," she said, laughing.