Vogue Philippines has finally found its editor-in-chief!
Just recently, the iconic American fashion and style magazine – through Vogue Business – announced that Bea Valdes has been chosen to fill in the big shoes.
Valdes will be working alongside other pillars in the Philippine fashion industry, which includes Pam Quiñones who’ll be taking up the position of fashion director, Trina Epilepsia Boutain as digital editor, and Rhoda Campos-Aldanese as the publisher of the title.
“The values and the resolve of our community have been tested on an unprecedented global and local scale. Vogue’s values of inclusivity, diversity, sustainability and respect for our natural environment remain critical at this time,” said Valdes.
“My vision for Vogue Philippines is to lead the industry with purpose, leaning into our Filipino values of optimism, bayanihan [the spirit of helping others], and empathy through our stories. We celebrate craft and creativity, empowering our community and urging our Filipino culture forward,” she explained further.
Unlike other editors-in-chief, the 48-year-old has no background in the editorial or styling field. However, she’s a world-renowned accessories designer whose works have been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, CNN, Financial Times, and Time among others.
Besides this, she’s also a staunch supporter and believer of Filipino craftsmanship as well as responsible fashion.
Valdes studied creative writing and industrial design studies at the University of the Philippines (UP). After that, she took up interior design at the Inchbald School of Design in London.
Vogue Philippines will officially launch in the country this September.
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Image credit: Vogue Business