As part of Star Magic’s celebration of their 30th anniversary this year, singer and actor KD Estrada will be the first ever cover boy of Star Magic’s new video digital magazine FLEX.
“Of course I was very surprised that I was even considered for this kasi I haven’t really seen myself in that certain light. Hindi ko talaga in-expect na magkakaroon ako ng ganyan at this early stage of my career. Pero overall I’m very excited. I’m very psyched about this project,” he shared during the FLEX mediacon last May 14.
The 20-year-old former Pinoy Big Brother housemate revealed how he is preparing for his upcoming cover shoot along with FLEX contenders Wize Estabillo, Andrei King, Anthony Barion, Aleck Iñigo, and Laziz Rustamov.
“I don’t want people to expect too much but I’ve started gaining a bit of weight and lifting. That’s what I’ve been doing.
“Seeing yung mga kasama ko dito, I can see that they’re cut. They’re very fit and of course I want to keep up with these guys.
“So I’m starting to lift weights. I’ve been playing sports din. If you want to look good, you have to work hard for it. Basketball is a lot of cardio and eating healthy din,” he admitted.
KD said that his fans can expect to see a different side of him in FLEX’s debut issue online.
“Me just turning 20 this year, I think ngayon you will see a more mature KD. Me before, I was marketed as a boy-next-door, yung teenage cute boy, ganyan.
“But now I think I’m ready for a level up. I wouldn’t say I’m going to go to mature roles agad but I would say na I’m ready to step up my game. I’m ready to take on the world as a new KD.
“I’m assuming na yung getting more mature projects, that’s a huge leap. A very huge leap. I don’t think I’m at that level. But I am ready to take on more roles na pang-adult. More dramatic roles. Kasi I’ve been playing a few lighthearted roles so far. More real, more mature. Mature in a sense na it’s more gritty,” he explained.
With Star Magic’s digital magazine FLEX also aiming to stop toxic masculinity by featuring positive role models like KD, the Run To Me actor shared what modern masculinity means to him.
“I remember when I was really young, yung mga lalake we were taught not to cry. Huwag ka umiyak, that’s not manly. You’re not allowed to show feelings. Dapat lagi kang maangas.
“Best foot forward lagi and always show that you’re an alpha at mas magaling ka sa kapwa lalake. But I don’t think that should be the case in modern times.
“For me, modern masculinity naman is embracing yourself as a man kahit anong identity mo. You could be gay, you could be straight, you could be feminine, you could be masculine. It doesn’t matter as long as you are not harming any other people. Just embrace yourself lang and love yourself for who you are,” he said.
Despite all the issues men have to deal with in modern times, KD believes that it is still not that difficult to be a man.
“No I don’t think it’s hard to be a guy right now but I would say it’s easy to make a lot of mistakes. Kasi right now there’s a lot of cases na girls have trauma because of guys. It happens and I wish that it did not happen.
“I’m an advocate for mga victims na ganyan. It’s easy for guys to mess up in this society. Kasi if we say something it could be taken against us, it can be taken out of context and used against us,” he added.