“It just happened, and it’s great,” said ex-Pinoy Big Brother Housemate Richard Juan of his career as TV personality and fashion model. Up until high school, Richard was based in Hong Kong with his family. In college, he returned to the Philippines and studied at the University of the Philippines. He initially took HRIM, then shifted to Broadcast Communication where he graduated cum laude.
Before he knew it, he was busy with a career in show business and things just fell into place. Fortunately, his family has been behind him ever since day one. “My parents are extremely supportive. My dad stayed in the Philippines for two months straight just to support me. He lives in Hong Kong right now, but every time I have a fashion show, he would fly over,” he shared. “My mom’s not the type of person who likes to be in the public. She’s behind the scenes. She says, ‘Son, do whatever you want to as long as it’s something you believe in, something you enjoy.’”
One of the things he definitely enjoys is being part of #SMYouthDenim. He leans towards the athletic look. “Like David Beckham, for example, but I feel like he’s a bit more mature. I have a very young look, and parang hindi bagay.”
He prefers to go the casual route, but has days when he feels like dressing up. “Now that I really think of it, I’m more the Korean look. It’s bagay for me, and I like it. You know, feeling K-pop artista, parang oppa, ganon.” He’s into street wear and has another project is in the works for that.
“I’ve been doing a lot of side projects. Me and my family, we’re actually looking into building a hotel or a hostel in El Nido. It’s a project that I’ve been working on for the past year and a half.” Those who follow his social media can attest to this guy’s affinity for travelling and the beach. “I love El Nido. I’ve been travelling around a lot, and I like being by the beach. It’s something that I really enjoy, and being able to manage a hotel would be a dream come true for me.”
Being able to follow his dreams is something that Richard is thankful for, and being the brand ambassador for SM Youth allows him to encourage others to go after their dreams as well. “Honestly, one of my biggest advocacies is promoting the youth. We have so much creativity, so much things going on in our mind. I want to celebrate the freedom of the youth,” said Richard. “I know that the youth nowadays are very pressured to succeed early in life. For me, I want to be able to tell the youth that, hey, it’s okay to be unique. It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to be creative.”