Former Glee Star, Charice Pempengco is on the cover of a lifestyle magazine in her hometown, Philippines. A bit surprising with this though is that the said magazine is a men’s magazine.
Although the “Pyramid” singer already came out as a transman (in Oprah’s show no less), it is quite a history-making moment for the Filipino singer actress to be covering Mega Man, a popular men’s magazine in the quite still-conservative nation.
According to PhilStar Global, Charice Pempengco “fashionably” broke the norms by being the first “lesbian” to be featured in the said magazine. The little girl who could belt out Celine Dion hits like there is no tomorrow looked quite dashing in a denim jacket, the tattoo in her right arm peeking out.
Below the photo are the words “Pride Rocks.” The magazine even expressed how much they are in awe with the former “Alvin & the Chipmunks” actress.
Tweeting the said cover, Megaman magazine captioned it with a heartfelt message. “”Charice speaks her truth and we come to know and understand on the most personal level yet. By most accounts, this has never been done before and whatever way the pendulum will swing, this was a move worth taking,” the caption reads.
It can be remembered that Pempenco achieved international fame after she was discovered through YouTube. Oprah Winfrey called her “the most talented girl in the world.”
Her first international studio album “Charice” was released in 2010, which ultimately made the young artist the first Asian solo singer in history to be part of the Top 10 in Billboard 200 album chart. “Charice” was able to secure the eight spot.
She also worked with several notable artists such as Iyaz for “Pyramid” and Bruno Mars for “Before It Explodes. She joined the cast of TV series “Glee” as Sunshine Corazon, a sprightly girl from the Philippines. Ryan Murphy, the executive music producer of the said show, lauded her singing. “When that girl opens her mouth, angels fly out,” Murphy said.
On June of 2013, she came out as a lesbian in an interview with “The Buzz” in the Philippines. She revealed that she already had relationships with other girls in the industry in the past.
A year after coming out, she again appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” where she hinted that she could be a transman and not a lesbian.
“Basically, like, my soul is male. But I’m not gonna go through that stage where I’m gonna change everything. Not my change my body. I would change like this—cut my hair, wear boy clothes and everything. But that’s all,” she said in the show.
In a move that can only be described as bold and daring, we tread unprecedented waters with headline-making international singing sensation Charice on the cover of MEGA Man. Looking equal parts sartorial and rugged in dressed up denim from the best of local and menswear and of course, Levi’s (@levis_ph), Charice speaks her truth and we come to know and understand on the most personal level yet. By most accounts, this has never been done before and whatever way the pendulum will swing, this was a move worth taking. Taking liberty and inspiration from the bahani of Mindanao’s Bagobo tribe, we dissect the way of the warrior as both a feared savage and a revered pillar of an old-world community and handsomely decorate them in the best of Philippine menswear. Whatever the case or realization may be, there is one thing we are sure of—we couldn’t be prouder of this decision than we already are. You should be, too. Also this month, we join MEGA (@mega_magazine) in celebrating the power of unity through its #TheNewPH campaign. Grab a copy of our latest issue in the nearest bookstore or newsstand nationwide or tap the link in our bio to download the e-mag now. #ChariceForMegaMan #ChariceXLiveInLevisPH #MegaManXLevisPH #LiveInLevisPH