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Top male model Sean O'Pry comes to Manila

Taylor Swift's leading man in her music video ‘Blank Space’ Sean O’Pry is the newest face of Penshoppe.

Top male model Sean O'Pry comes to Manila-Rhea Manila Santos
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04/12/2015 08:20 PM
Top male model Sean O'Pry comes to Manila
041215-sean_main.jpgAfter arriving in the country last Tuesday, April 7, top model Sean O'Pry spent his first few days on Lagen Island in El Nido, Palawan. “It was incredible and I hope you guys get to go there because it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I kayaked very badly (laughs), I went fishing, I hiked and I swam a lot. I am just in awe right now. This is one of the most incredible experiences of my life,” he admitted during his launch as the newest brand ambassador for Penshoppe at the Raffles hotel in Makati city.

On his first time in the Philippines, the 25-year old American model admitted that he is already looking forward to coming back for future visits. "You learn (about this country) in school but you never get to see the actual culture, the taste or the food or the people. When we arrived, right off the bat we got whisked away to El Nido and you meet the nicest people. This is one of the most hospitable cultures in the world and I'm just so thankful to family of Penshoppe that brought me here and I couldn't have asked for more. It was such a good experience. To actually experience it, it's a completely different story to feel the warmth of the people and see the beauty in their smiles and to be a part of that culture. I don't know how I'm ever going to leave,” he shared.

After being discovered from his prom pictures on the social networking site MySpace when he was 17 years old, Sean has gone on to walk the runways in New York, Paris, and Milan for designer brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Forbes magazine has also proclaimed him as the world's most successful male model and is currently at the top of Models.com's male model list.

Last seen in Taylor Swift's music video “Blank Space,” Sean also shared some advice on how to become a top model. "I think the key to success is just being yourself because if you’re not true to yourself then it doesn't matter. I think if you hold that and you’re being true to yourself then you'll be happy with what the outcome is,” he added.

041215-sean_main.jpgSean admitted that he is currently taking acting classes so he will not be seen as just eye candy or a “prop” onscreen. “Have you ever been a prop? It sucks (laughs). I'm taking classes right now. I don't know if it's my end game but for now it's a start. I can go to these acting classes and find out so much more about myself. I'm just excited for my next step. I can still continue modeling but it's nice to have other things in my repertoire,” he explained.

During the presscon, the Penshoppe brand ambassador also gave advice on how to achieve inner sexiness. “I think the first step is you have to love yourself. At the end of the day if you don't love yourself, you’re not going to portray the sexiness that you want. At some point I'm not there myself. I'm 25 and I'm still figuring myself out but I feel that if your happy with who you are as a person then that will be the truth and I think that's the best advice I can give on that issue,” he said.

As a top model, Sean also admitted how he is confident inside and out. “I fall back on my family and friends. I surround myself with love and that love does make me feel confident. And without that I don't think I could have ever gotten here or ever met the incredible people that I have now. So I'm just very fortunate that I do have that love around me,” he said.

Apart from modeling and dabbling in acting, Sean candidly shared his other interests. “I really like to cook steak. That's the only thing I can really cook truthfully so that's what I like to cook (laughs). I just try to be active in things I really care about so I really like swimming. I'm not the best swimmer. I also like to lift like every other male model I guess and I like sports. I grew up active. I grew up in the woods so I just like to do things guys like to do,” he added. 

After being the face of international brands like Calvin Klein, Armani, and Versace, Sean saidn his philosophy for his personal style is very simple. “Finding your own style is just being yourself and what you feel comfortable in. But my style is more relaxed. I like a good pair of slacks or jeans and a white t-shirt. You don't need to put a lot into it to be happy or to feel confident. It's what you portray within the clothes that you embody,” he admitted. Sean walked the runway of Penshoppe's Denimlab Fashion Show held last April 11, Saturday at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

Main Photo credit to seanopry55 IG