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Rappler ends 2019 with income: A comeback year

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:56 AM

It's been 4 years of turning crisis into opportunity


Get ready with this model and marketer, Jullian Culas

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Here’s what it takes to walk the runway of New York Fashion Week

ILLUSTRATION. Art by David Castuciano.

Kelsey Merritt joins Viva's roster of talents

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The Filipino-American model signs with Viva Artists Agency

Tyra Goldman to compete in Top Model of the World

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:45 PM

Top Model of the World takes place on January 24 at the Meraki Resort in Hurghada, Egypt

Tesla delivers first batch of China-made cars

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:13 PM

The first cars to roll off its China assembly line – 15 of Tesla's mid-price, mass-market Model 3 design – are given to employees who had placed advance orders during a ceremony at the plant

TESLA SHANGHAI. A general view of the new Tesla factory built in Shanghai on November 8, 2019. File photo by Hector Retamal /AFP

April Short is ready to bring the World Top Model title to the Philippines

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:33 PM

April is set to compete in the World Top Model competition in Monte Carlo on December 14

Naked Dutch model's death plunge was murder, say Malaysian police

Nov 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Malaysian police say that the death of Ivana Smit in December 2017, who reportedly lived in Malaysia since childhood, had been reclassified as murder and they were re-opening investigations

MURDERED. File photo of Dutch model Ivana Smit

Thailand's Falco Sornnarin, Artittaya Promchart win Global Asian Model 2019

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Philippines representatives Vince Marcelo wins 3rd runner-up, while Ella Lubag is 1st runner-up

38 candidates vie for Global Asian Model 2019 win

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:22 AM

Who will be the next Asian catwalk sensation?

Photo by Voltaire Tayag/Rappler

Earth to warm more quickly, new climate models show

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The new calculations suggest the Paris Agreement goals of capping global warming at 'well below' two degrees, and at 1.5C if possible, will be harder to reach

China's child modeling industry booms amid controversy

Aug 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

China's 'kidfluencer' models are subject to 12-hour work days, unrelenting pressure from pushy parents, and even physical abuse for some

Mariel de Leon signs with New York-based modeling agency

May 31, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Mariel is now part of True Model Management's roster of talents

Italian architect restores vintage Fiats thanks to Internet

Apr 13, 2019 - 3:24 PM

'I picked up the passion by chance,' says 23-year-old Giovanna Parascandolo, recalling how she got into a friend's Fiat 500 and fell in love 'with the minimalist dashboard, the buttons, the switches'

23-years-old Giovanna Parascandolo poses at the Oz co-working place where she restores and refurbishes old Fiat 500, on March 15, 2019 in Rome. Giovanna's passion for vintage cars developed through the internet and YouTube were she learned from restoration communities, and later posted her own restoration work. In the co-working spaces of a former night train maintenance factory in Rome, Officine Zero (Oz), Giovanna found a place to carry on her hobby and continue her adventure in the world of classic car restoration. Oz offers productive conversion based on re-use and recycling, coworking and mutualism between workers, freelancers, social movements and citizens.  Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

Tesla introduces new 'Model Y' SUV, priced at $39,000

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Musk says, it has 'the functionality of an SUV but it will ride like a sports car' accelerating from stand-still to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds

Elon Musk, Tesla, Model Y

Thai trial of model claiming Trump secrets set to begin

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Anastasia Vashukevich, known by her pen name Nastya Rybka, is a Belarusian model who claims she has proof of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office. She is on trial for running a 'sex training course' in Thailand.

Detained Belarusian model Anastasia Vashukevich, better known by her pen name Nastya Rybka, steps out of a prison van on arrival at a court in Pattaya to face trial on August 20, 2018, following a police raid on a sex training course. Rybka who sparked global intrigue after offering to trade secrets about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election pleaded not guilty in a Thai court on August 20 on charges of solicitation. Krit Phromsakla Na SAKOLNAKORN / THAI NEWS PIX / AFP

U.S. fashion group calls for more diversity in model size

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Council of Fashion Designers of America hopes more designers and companies start embracing body positivity in 2019

Victoria's Secret CEO resigns amid flagging sales and model controversy

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:21 AM

The resignation quickly comes after VS brand director's comments against including transgender or plus-size models in their show

WATCH: Kelsey Merritt makes breakouts looks chic in Vogue video

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

Here's the makeup look she wore when she auditioned for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Kelsey Merritt meets Adriana Lima, other Victoria's Secret Angels

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:32 PM

She also shares backstage moments with Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, and Josephine Skriver

MODEL MOMENT. Kelsey Merritt meets her 'inspiration,' veteran Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima. Photo from

Adriana Lima announces retirement from Victoria's Secret fashion show

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The 2018 fashion show is the last for the Brazilian model

Kelsey Merritt on VS fashion show: 'I feel like I won a beauty pageant'

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:35 AM

She is the first Filipina to spread her angel wings on the legendary Victoria's Secret runway

IN PHOTOS: Kelsey Merritt's journey to the Victoria's Secret runway

Nov 06, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Train like a VS supermodel? It's not that easy.

DREAM COME TRUE. Kelsey Merritt will be walking the runway for Victoria's Secret. Image from Kelsey's Instagram account

The K-pop model and why it’s important to build a creative economy

Sep 20, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Rappler talks to John Howkins, professor and father of the Creative Economy, on the power of ideas and creativity

How compassionate pragmatism can help drug users

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky: 'We don’t have to dismantle our traditional treatments but extending our reach enables us to engage people in the early stage'

iPad Pros without headphone jacks could be coming – report

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The iPad's dimensions will reportedly shrink to accommodate a new full-screen display/ The headphone jack may also be getting the boot.

Interconnection rates will be lowered to welcome third telco – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:48 PM

President Duterte says that by lowering interconnection rates, incoming players can have access to existing networks at a much lower cost

Meet the 2 Filipinas in 'Asia's Next Top Model' season 6

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Who will follow in the steps of Maureen Wroblewitz?

TD Inday, Leonen on corruption, Palace counters Pernia | Evening wRap

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Model breastfeeds baby on catwalk – and stirs debate

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Walking the runway at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show, Mara Martin stepped out in a sparkling gold bikini while breastfeeding five-month-old Aria

CATWALK. Model Mara Martin walks the runway at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show in a sparkling gold bikini while breastfeeding five-month-old Aria. Screenshot of Daily Mail Instagram

Developed and displaced in Southeast Asia

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The examples of displacement and their continuing impacts are a reminder that Southeast Asia's model of development, anchored on physical infrastructure projects and the exploitation of natural resources, has not changed very much

Meet Kelsey Merritt, the Fil-Am model who's working with Victoria's Secret

May 15, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Who's the Filipino model who's set to work with Victoria's Secret?

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Knowing how the model is built helps explain Cambridge Analytica’s apparently contradictory statements about the role – or lack thereof – that personality profiling and psychographics played in its modeling

ONLINE PROFILING. How accurately can you be profiled online? Image from Andrew Krasovitckii/

Fil-Am modeling director is new Miss Supranational U.S. franchise owner

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Cecilio 'Cece' Asuncion, founder of the transgender modeling agency Slay, is the national director for Miss Supranational US

Ugly Models, an agency of extraordinary 'characters'

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The agency owner describes it as a 'character' model agency – 'from fat, thin, to large to small: you name it, we've got it'

NOT SO UGLY. A composite image shows potential models during a casting at the UGLY model agency in London on January 25, 2018.

Model OFW families honored in Malacañang

Dec 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells OWWA's awardees for 2017: 'Hand in hand, let us continue to strive for a more prosperous and comfortable life for your family and to the future generation of Filipinos'

Noe Diola and his family pose for a picture after receiving the national award for the Seabased category of the Model OFW Families of the Year Award.


Nov 23, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Join us as we talk to the Fil-Am Miss Universe judge about training pageant queens, the LGBT community, and his all- transgender model agency Slay

Fil-Am modeling director to judge Miss Universe 2017 preliminary competition

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Cecilio 'Cece' Asuncion is the founder of the all-transgender model agency Slay

Suspect in killing of model Grab driver surrenders to police

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Southern Police District head Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario Jr says the suspect, Narc Delemios, will be presented to the media Wednesday, November 8

KILLED BY CARNAPPERS. Gerardo Amolato Maquidato, awarded for his kindness to a Grab passenger, is killed by carnappers.

The Rappler story: Independent journalism with impact

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:13 AM

Embedded in Rappler's DNA is this key tenet: the supremacy of editorial independence

Star model Ashley Graham celebrates sexy curves on NY runway

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:26 AM

The plus size model continues to break barriers at New York Fashion Week

ASHLEY GRAHAM. The model rocks the runway for Canadian plus-size clothing brand Addition Elle. Screengrab from

Good and bad news on aspirin and colon cancer – study

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:54 PM

It is now critical to ensure that aspirin delays the onset of colourectal cancer by a sufficient amount of time to avoid the negative effects of this trade off the study s authors say

French fashion giants LVMH and Kering ban ultra-thin models

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:17 PM

The companies moves are seen as a response to criticisms that the fashion industry promotes an unhealthy body image

FASHION GIANTS. LVMH and Kering own some of the world's top fashion brands. Photos from and

Kendall Jenner named fashion icon of the decade

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Not everyone thinks the young model deserves the award

KENDALL JENNER. The top model after walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show – an event where many young models make their name. Photo from

Tesla fending off worker complaints on pay, safety

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:16 AM

As mass market Tesla Model 3 picks up steam the company s labor force attempts to unionize

LABOR MOVEMENT. Elon Musk faces a labor force that's planning to unionize as their mass-market Model 3 picks up steam. Photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

Parojinog, model houses, Gordon | Evening wRap

Jul 31, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Ana Arceo

Tesla begins to deliver electric car for the masses

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Tesla rolls out the first of its keenly awaited Model 3 cars aiming to disrupt a world accustomed to automobiles powered by pollution spewing fossil fuel


Jul 06, 2017 - 8:32 AM

Similar to the past there are internal battles being fought as regards the right balance between state and market

Tesla's lower-priced Model 3 to start production Friday

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:16 AM

The first 30 customer Model 3 Tesla cars are slated to be ready on July 28

TESLA CARS. A view of a Tesla car at "Late Night Letters" during the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival - Day 4 on June 24, 2017 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Nantucket Film Festival/AFP

Maureen Wroblewitz opens up about bullying on 'Asia's Next Top Model'

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Maureen gives advice to those who are experiencing bullying talks about her edge during AsNTM and answers whether she ll follow in the footsteps of Katarina Rodriguez

WATCH: Maureen Wroblewitz's final 'Next Top Model' interview

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:37 PM

I’ve learned so much in this competition like I’ve learned so much about myself and I learned to love myself and accept myself