DANICA MAGPANTAY TALKS CAREER, FASHION & WHAT IT TAKES TO BE DYNAMITE / by Michael Seifert

TALENTMAN's Michael Seifert sits down with our newest warrior, the 'dynamite' Danica Magpantay from the Philippines in this exclusive interview. Discover more about this hard-working beauty that never let any obstacles stop her from pursuing her dreams.

5 words that best describe you
Energetic, thoughtful, passionate, a kid-at-heart? :))

Favorite song of the moment
"Gashina" by Sunmi

We at TALENTMAN think you're dynamite. What in your opinion makes your dynamite?
I think first & far most, it’s GOD who helps me bring my ‘dynamite.’ God really brings out the best in me! Second, I think I am ‘dynamite’ because of my mentors who have all helped me grow and have taught me much. 

You've been in the business for several years. How can TALENTMAN help you elevate your career?
I believe that TALENTMAN has the drive & passion to push their models to the next level. I trust in Michael’s ability to really bring out the best in his models & he has been doing a great job thus far!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years & what do you hope to be doing?
I see myself establishing my brand more, getting into hosting & partnering with my family in making organic products sourced from our organic farm in the Philippines.

What is your message to young girls looking up to you?
I love you and thank you so much for your support & positive views towards me & my career. Ultimately, I pray that they will have the courage and strength to follow their dreams! I want them to live their life to the fullest - as cliché as it sounds, that’s very important!

Name 3 top models you look up to & why?
Liu Wen: I always call her “mom.” I don’t personally know her, but she’s just so badass & a top Asian model! I started looking up to her when I started my career. She always shines in everything she does!
Kate Moss: She’s a model that transcends all times. I love her cool & effortless vibe.
Gigi Hadid: She’s actually more of a recent “girl crush.” I admire her savvy business mindset & her style!

What does a day in the life of Danica Magpantay look like? (Routine)
Every day entails a different routine. Follow me: @icamagpantay & you might just get a better idea! ;)

What has New York taught you about modeling & life in general?
You have to make it happen for yourself. What I mean by that is no one can & should limit you to get to where you want to get & achieve what it is you have set for yourself. It’s up to you to hustle and grind daily.

List a quote you live by daily
“I can do anything through Him who gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13

What has been one of the most challenging obstacles you had to overcome?
Learning to separate yourself from work. This is industry is an industry filled with rejection. Sometimes it really gets to you & you become hard on yourself. I was able to over come this by really getting to know myself more and more & understanding that being a model is not the only thing that defines me.

Being a Filipina, do you feel pressured to represent your country? If yes, how so?
I don’t really feel pressured to represent my country. As long as I become my best self every day, then I sincerely believe I am representing the Philippines at my best.

Joining TALENTMAN is a new career chapter. What are your hopes & expectations in moving forward?
I expect to have a great working relationship with TALENTMAN. I know that I will only be able to further improve with the agency. I look forward to meeting more people in the industry and further grow my international placements & clientele as well! The future looks bright!