Former Bb. Pilipinas titlists Bianca Manalo and Nina Ricci-Alagao are very happy to be part of Magkaribal, which is said to be the first fashion-serye in the country. The two would be adding spice to the story with their contrasting roles.
When asked about their characters, Nina revealed that she plays the childhood friend of Angel Aquino who will later work as her assistant. “Ang back story niya, Angel, Enchong Dee’s mom, and I used to best friends when we were younger and then we got separated. I ended up working for her because I am the only one who could put up with her attitude. So medyo may puso yung role ko dito e. Ako yung taga-saway sa kanya when she's going overboard na.”
Bianca meanwhile plays Bea Alonzo’s muse in Divisoria where they are exposed to the different fashion trends among common people. “Ako si Gigi, best friend ni Gelai. Ako yung parating nagsasabi kay Gelai na grab ka lang ng grab ng opportunity para makaalis kami ng Divisoria. Happy ako sa role ko kasi Beauty Queen ako dito, pero nakakainggit sila Nina kasi very fashionable talaga yung mga outfits nila pero ako mas pang-masa. But I am really excited kasi this is my very first acting stint.”
But in real life, Nina admitted that she and Bianca have similar preferences when it comes to the clothes they wear. “Like Bianca, I go for the chic and fashionable look that's not so expensive. The brands that I usually purchase are from Zara, Topshop, and Mango kasi yun ang day to day sa akin. Siguro occasionally I would wear something that's really formal to a point na naka-gown ako. But that doesn't happen very often. I consider these stores to be very friendly with my fashion style.”
As to their advice to aspiring fashionistas out there, Nina stressed that it’s important to focus on your individual style rather than blindly follow the latest trends and buy whatever’s out in the market. “Hindi ka pwedeng mag-follow ng certain trend lang throughout the years kasi merong maganda sa ibang tao, but would not necessarily work for you. So dapat kilalanin mo muna sarili mo, alamin mo kung anong bagay sa ’yo in terms of colors, silhouettes, in terms of look, pati makeup kasama ‘yan e. Yun ang pagaaralan mo para ‘di ka maging fashion victim.”