Benedickte Gammelgaard & Fara Manalo – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf
Model – Singer
Danish-Filipina Benedickte Gammelgaard has become widely known as a pro in the modeling industry, both locally and on the international front. Starting her career at 12, she has been a prominent face for various beauty and fashion brands, modeling for the likes of Huda Beauty, Make-Up Forevever, L’Oreal PH, as well as walking the runways for Michael Cinco, Ezra Santos, MSFTS, American Eagle Outfitters while gracing the pages of publications like Harper’s Bazaar, ID Magazine, Preview PH, and Illustrado Magazine.
While modeling has been her bread and butter, Benedickte is also chasing a separate passion. She recently ventured into music with her band Pop Suicide. Initially starting it just for fun, Pop Suicide released three singles in 2019. She has also pursued a solo career in singing and has performed in gigs in and outside Dubai.
Even when she has accomplished a lot at such a young age, Benedickte keeps her feet on the ground. She believes that Filipinos are capable and talented people who deserve respect and recognition wherever they are in.
An ambassador for Filipina models in the region, Fara Manalo is renowned in the fashion runways of the UAE walking in its most prestigious runways for both local couture brands, as well as international luxury brands including Roberto Cavalli, Hermès and Bvlgari to name a few. Raising the Philippine flag within the industry, she has also worked with Emirates Airlines, Moors&Saints, and has appeared in Vogue UK, The Bride Show in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as Esmod Fashion University and jewelry shoots. Her first cover was in Illustrado Magazine.
“I am often asked about traveling to the Philippines and people are always interested in learning more about our culture. I am delighted when people show a genuine interest and hold such high regard for the Philippine people.”
She wants to prove that Filipinos can have a place in this demanding yet fulfilling industry. For her, talent and the willpower have always been rooted in the Filipino heart, but what should be improved are the self-esteem and the confidence needed to take one to higher ground.