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Siobhan Moylan Has Beauty, Personality, and So Much More

By Chin Ann Obiedo
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Siobhan Moylan Has Beauty, Personality, and So Much More
It’s time for this Fil-Irish model to shine.

The modelling world was always known to have narrow ideals of beauty. But for SIOBHAN MOYLAN, today is a new era. At 5’7” tall, the freckled beauty isn’t conforming to the traditional mold, but rather, fearlessly redefining it. 

With a face you’ve most likely seen on billboards and Instagram and a name you’ve probably heard (as “Shi-Van”), it comes as a surprise that the Fil-Irish lass has been going on about her life like a regular person. While other models choose between their education and a headstart in their career, Siobhan simply did both. For years, she studied business management and marketing at the University of Exeter in the UK while she worked on growing her modelling portfolio during summer breaks in Manila.

Amidst camera flashes and glossy pages, the modelling industry's intimidating nature could conceal an individual's insecurities. Just as many girls her age do, Siobhan went through the process of loving and accepting herself, recalling a time when she didn't like her trademark freckles and wanted nothing to do with it. She shares, "When I first came to the Philippines, there were a lot of advertisements on whitening and sunspots. I remember telling my mom to buy me whitening soaps because I didn’t want my freckles anymore. But when I started modelling, people were booking me because of my freckles.”

 

R: Dress by Light Shine White; L: Fur Coat by H&M

When I first came to the Philippines, there were a lot of advertisements on whitening and sun spots. I remember telling my mom to buy me whitening soaps because I didn’t want my freckles anymore. But when I started modelling, people were booking me because of my freckles.

While Siobhan has gotten far with her irresistible features, she understands that the days when models were only booked for their pretty faces are all now obsolete. This generation's modern way of thinking has trickled into the fashion business and has slowly been changing the way models work. She says, "It’s not enough to have a pretty face; you also have to be passionate. It's also important to speak up too because a lot of people don't like to talk about politics and tend to shy away from subjects like mental health. There are so many things that we can shy on, but it's necessary to have a voice and a personality."

With a combination of beauty, candor, and substance, it’s no wonder some of the biggest local fashion and beauty brands are tapping her to represent them. But perhaps one of the most notable is her work with makeup powerhouse, Sunnies Face. When the brand launched Fluffmatte lipsticks, its debut product, Siobhan's face was front and center of the campaign with her freckles on full display and a powerful crimson hue on her lips. The campaign became so memorable that she earned the epithet "The Sunnies Face Girl from EDSA" from the general public. To have that kind of recall when you're side by side with a pool of famous celebrities and other models only makes the case for Siobhan as an It model, stronger. 

White Raffle Gown by Chynna Mamawal

With this kind of achievement early on in her career, it's obvious Siobhan was born to be in front of the camera. But Siobhan says that even though she has always loved the industry, modelling was not exactly the role she thought she'd wind up doing. She admits, "I always thought I was going to go into a corporate job like marketing, or something close to fashion; like a writer in a magazine. Modelling never even crossed my mind. I thought it was more of a summer job kind of thing. I never realized I could make an actual career out of it." Maybe things didn't pan out the way she envisioned it to be but there was definitely a silver lining there. Siobhan is an example of dreams materializing when you least expect it, or didn't at all. 

We talked to the model-of-the-moment about that time she got featured in Vogue when she was 13, how she takes care of her skin, and her candid opinion on diversity and inclusivity in the modelling industry. 



Hi Siobhan! Being a model and a student has its own sets of responsibilities. How have you successfully managed to do both for the past four years?
It’s really stressful. But whenever I'm in the UK, all I focus on is school. I never really tried to model there because I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with it at all. Then I come back here and all I'd focus on is modelling. It’s weird that my career grew when I started college. It was hard but I always had my mom and my friends to support me. 

Was it hard for you to travel back and forth?
Yeah, jet lag kills me! Actually, working helps with it because I'm up the whole day for photo shoots so I don’t get to sleep. I was doing it so often that eventually the stress of the constant time zone-switching affected my weight. But I'm used to it now.

What do you love most about modelling?
It’s not really the photos or the money; it’s the creative process. Meeting creative people is always fun. But honestly, it's mostly the clothes and makeup because I really love them. Trying new looks is always exciting. 

What was your earliest memory of wanting to be a model?
When I was younger, I felt that every girl kind of wanted to be a model because of America’s Next Top Model. But I just never knew it could be a reality.

You were featured in Vogue when you were younger. Could you tell us the story of how that came to be? 
When I was 13, one of my friends was a photographer and she wanted to take photos for her portfolio. She submitted her photos to Vogue and it got featured on the front page website where they used to feature photographers. 

 

Dress by Debbie Co

When I was younger, I felt that every girl kind of wanted to be a model because of America’s Next Top Model. But I just never knew it could be a reality.

What does it take to be a good model in this day and age?
Being social media-savvy and presenting yourself well online is very important. Nowadays, people don't ask for your portfolios. Instead, they ask for your Instagram. I get jobs through DMs. Being a role model and having good values are also important. If you're on set and you're mean to everyone, then what's the point? No one's going to have a good time.

Speaking of Instagram, how do you deal with hate on social media?
I just turn it off because I feel that’s where a lot of anxiety comes from for everyone. Thankfully, I don’t get that much hate on social media. But even if I do get hate, I know that it probably comes from a place of negativity and that person is probably in a really bad space.

To follow up on that, what do you think about people who Photoshop themselves on Instagram? 
You can do whatever you want, however you want to be presented online, and whatever makes you comfortable. But it should be to a certain extent. You don’t want girls looking at your photos thinking that's what's realistic. So many young girls have eating disorders and have low self-esteem.

What are your thoughts about the more inclusive and diverse shift that's now happening in the modelling industry? 
It's great that we’re more accepting in embracing different body types and looks. Conventional models are 5’9 or 5’8, and I’m 5’7. It's good because it gives more people a chance to enter the industry that in turn makes campaigns more relatable to people. 

Who are the models that you look up to?
I’ve always looked up to Kelsey Merritt, Georgina Wilson, Bella Hadid, and Chanel Iman. I also especially love Kate Moss because we're the same height so she's kind of a shorter model like myself. I love how she’s always just herself. In the industry, you see a lot of people online who try to be something they’re completely not. Kate Moss has always stayed true to herself. She was just always so chic and she understood fashion. 

Being social media-savvy and presenting yourself well online is very important. Nowadays, people don't ask for your portfolios. Instead, they ask for your Instagram. I get jobs through DMs.

You’ve lived in different countries throughout your life. Where's your favourite place to live in?
Honestly, the Philippines. I feel a lot of people would be shocked by that. People really underestimate how nice the people are in this country really are. The weather is amazing and the food is so great! I especially love sinigang, which I grew up eating because it’s all my mom would cook. Also, most of my family is here and I love them. I’ve been here since I was 10, and I would always come to visit my lolo and lola. My mom raised us to be very Filipino.  

Would you say you're more Irish or Filipino?
When I’m here no one believes that I’m Filipino. But when I’m in Ireland no one believes I'm Irish because of my American accent. Physically, my Irish traits would be my freckles but other than that, I feel like I don’t have that many. I would honestly consider myself more Filipino because I’ve lived here most of my life.

Besides modelling, you've also dabbled in vlogging. What made you decide to share videos on Youtube?
I just wanted people to know my personality a bit more. On Instagram I kind of look standoffish, so people don’t really see that side of me. I think I’ll add more videos in the future, I just got really busy with school. 

What other things would you want to try out besides modelling and making videos?
I would want to host and I’ve always loved acting. I did theatre in high school. I want to do acting but my Tagalog is not that great and my accent’s pretty bad.


Let's talk beauty!
What are your makeup must-haves?
Lip balm, obviously, and lip gloss. I’d rather wear lip gloss than lipstick. Then eyebrow gel, concealer for under the eyes, and blush to make me look alive. 

How do you take care of your skin? 
I always take every inch of my makeup off. I think that 90% of the reason why people have bad skin is because they leave it on their faces for so long and they don't want to take it off before going to bed because they're so tired. 

Can you break down your skincare routine?
First, I’ll get a makeup wipe to remove all traces of makeup on my face. If it's tough to get rid of, I'll use an oil cleanser. Then, I’ll get my Clarisonic and my Liz Earle facial wash. After, I’ll put a Clinique moisturizer then put rosehip oil on my face. Next is eye cream, lip balm, then that's it. 

What tips have you picked up from being in the makeup chair?
I learned that curling your eyelashes is important. It really opens up your eyes. I’ve learned how to do my eyebrows through makeup sessions too. Before my eyebrows would always go down. Now, I keep my eyebrows up with soap because I love bushy brows.

What is a beauty trend that you will never try?
Those feathered brows where there are gaps in between. They really make the brows look like feathers and that’s really weird.

What are some weird beauty hacks that you do?
I like to put olive oil on my face a lot. I think people are scared to put oil on their faces because it would break them out, but then it does the opposite. It actually moisturizes your skin. 

You can do whatever you want, however you want to be presented online, and whatever makes you comfortable. But it should be to a certain extent. You don’t want girls looking at your photos thinking that's what's realistic.

What is your personal style like?
I think it switches. Sometimes I dress very boy-ish, like I would wear baggy clothes in black. At times, I want to wear a pink dress. 

What do you do when you want to unwind?
I hangout with my mom and my dog. We just watch Netflix. I just started watching Black Mirror but Game of Thrones and Queer Eye are really good! 

Can you share a few things people don't know about you?
I always say I have a twin brother to this question. My favourite book is The Great Gatsby and it’s also my favourite movie. I like the twenties. I’m also really into history. I watch a lot of documentaries and horror movies. And I love watching Dr. Phil.

What is your advice to models who want to start a career?
I think they should go for it. Modelling requires having tough skin because you face rejections. Also, confidence in yourself really reflects in your photos. If you’re shy and you’re in front of a camera, you’re not going to perform as well as you should. The photos are never going to come out well. Confidence is key, so fake it 'til you make it. That’s my motto in life.

 

Photographed by GP Plamenco

Styled by Carvey Sam

Makeup by Chuchie Ledesma

Hair by Rudolf Davalos

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