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A note from a male makeup artist -Ralph Wu

It is still a gender issue in the Philippines once you involved yourself in a job which is not in accordance to its sexuality.  The society will judge you base on your work – a woman guard or a male fashion designer.  We always associated the femininity and masculinity of a person towards in choosing a job.

But now, I interviewed a male straight-claimed makeup artist named Ralph Wu. He is one of the Official Make Up Artist for Miss Slimmers World Philippines 2014 and many projects like prestigious beauty pageants locally and abroad.

Exclusive Interview with Ralph Wu
“Well for one, I find it somewhat amusing being a straight male makeup artist. I am not alone in this industry however we are innumerable male makeup artist who showcase our skills in this kind of artistry.” Ralph Wu said during an exclusive interview of Speak Carabao.

  “Also I'm still quite new to this industry, which means I'm still learning the very basics of makeup and with learning comes mishaps, so this is an adventure within itself.”  He added.

Make up artists play an important role as they enhance the model’s beauty and complement the designer’s creations. These people are the most sought after in the business. They have the hands that wield the brushes to make the models look even better than perfect.
However, with this kind of artistry, they are labeled as gay.

“I cant blame anybody to labeled us -male make up artist as a gay. “ he answered.

“Dahil narin siguro ang mas kilala ng mga tao na gumagawa nito ay mga gay na kalimitan nilang nakikita sa nga beauty salon.( Maybe because Gays are more famous and they are more visible in this kind of Industry and that’s why gays are associated with make-up” he  said.

“But I still believe - it doesn’t follow that when you are a makeup artist then you are gay. Besides there’s nothing wrong about being a gay, the important is you work and earn from it. “he proudly said.

Not surprisingly, Ralph Wu is only one of those who experienced of gender judgment due to their nature of work.  We are still living in an old mentality that gender is a requisite in choosing the right job. Infact today we are starting to change that kind of mindset. We can now see a woman welder, a male flower artist and designer – diversity to productivity.

“Ang mahalaga Masaya ako sa trabaho at kumikita pa ako, nakakabyahe pa ako sa ibat ibang bansa”
he smiled.


Jonathan D. Orbuda, an Economics graduate and now an occasional motivational speaker, was a writer way back in college, when he served as a section editor (2007-2008) of The Pillar Group of Publications. But beyond this, he established a blogsite detailing traveling sans (much of the) frills. Since finishing his schooling, he already worked for a bank and the BPO industry, among others. But his burning passion remains writing, and so he now travels as much as he can to discover what this world (and life) has to offer. As he keeps stressing: “Live life the most out of it ” You can email him at ilovetansyong(at)gmail(dot)com for any concern , or connect him at Google+

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