Tricia Gosingtian is very easy to spot in a crowd: fashionable, long blonde hair, almond eyes and great looking legs. In a few words she is a living doll. At first glance you’ll know that she is what she presents herself, a fashion expert. As a renowned fashion blogger and a photographer in Manila, Philippines she has been one of the lucky Manila fashion bloggers who was able to attend the prestigious New York Fashion Week sponsored by Tumblr.
This is her story:
AMS: Tell us about yourself. Your education, training and where you are currently involved in.
Tricia: I am Tricia Gosingtian, a 23-year-old photographer-turned-blogger from Metro Manila, Philippines. I graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Information Design degree. I never had any formal photography training – at least not yet, but it has always been my number one love. Currently, I think I am more recognized as a blogger than a photographer, but I still do publication work here and there.
My blog is called Tricia Will Go Places, and it was born accidentally. I was doing a street style photography stint for a certain newspaper when I decided to upload my work from this project online.
Eventually, I wasn’t able to sustain it due to my busy schedule back in college, so I decided to just take my own personal style photos. And the rest just followed.
I was always a very active internet user ever since I was in high school, but I never really thought it could grow to something much bigger. I’ve always had a penchant for graphic design so I remember enjoying creating layouts for all my friends’ blogs and for my own blog. Photography came into my life some time back then, when I suddenly grew obsessed with deviantART and sharing my work in this wonderful art community.
My blog is something that serves as my main business now, but it was never intended to be that way. It was a place where I just innocently shared pictures of myself and my outfits.
AMS: What is your vision of these projects?
Tricia: At first I didn’t really have a vision in terms of where I wanted my blog to go, but after three years, I can finally say that I hope my blog can encourage younger people to not be afraid to show who they really are by being able to express themselves fully using creative means, like photography or fashion. I don’t really have plans to become a force in the fashion industry, as I still consider myself a photographer more than anything else, but I do hope that my blog can influence the younger generation for the better, in the long run.
AMS: Who or what inspired you to be who you are? Have you always been involved in similar projects?
Tricia: My parents, definitely. Their world is the complete opposite of mine, and I’m very happy that I grew up in that world, instead of the seemingly glamorous one that most people think I come from.
In terms of fashion and photography, I was mostly influenced by Japanese magazines. I wanted to recreate that kind of soft lighting they always had in their photos, so I decided to pick up my own camera and try to produce the same results. Fashion-wise, I don’t strictly follow Western trends, but I do follow Japanese fashion religiously. Coincidentally, Japanese fashion also takes its roots from Western trends.
AMS: What are some of the greatest achievement that you’ve had?
Tricia: One of the best things that ever happened in my life was being sponsored by Tumblr to New York Fashion Week. Another would be my evolution since then, attitude and lifestyle-wise.
AMS: Who are/were your motivators?
Tricia: My family and friends, and most of all, the people who have been following my online accounts for eight years now.
AMS: If you were to tell us what are the most important skills that you need in order to be successful in life- what are they?
Tricia: Positivity breeds positivity. Nothing good can ever come out of surrounding yourself with negative people who say negative things all the time. Focusing on the positive things can help you look at life in a different, more meaningful way.
AMS: What are your next goals for yourself?
Tricia: Hopefully, I can take a break from whatever I’m doing now and just travel, travel, travel.
AMS: What is your definition of success.
Tricia: Success is relative! My definition of success doesn’t really have much to do with fame or money, but a lot with being able to carry out my dreams with the presence and support of my loved ones.
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All photos are from Tricia Gosingtian's LookBook.