Many of the young people at present might identify her only as one of the three gregarious and gorgeous momshie hosts of the morning talk show Magandang Buhay.
But for those who witnessed how her three-decade career unfolded from being one of the brightest teen stars of her generation to being a bankable singer, actress, and host in the present, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta is undoubtedly an unprecedented icon.
On her birthday celebration on Magandang Buhay on Friday, November 6, Jolina was not only feted for her showbiz accomplishments, but also for being a Pinoy pop culture icon.
Through the years, Jolina is able to amazingly keep her star power and continue inspiring a lot of people, especially her fans, by her mere presence and the story of her life, her roles in the teleseryes and movies she starred in, and her other television appearances.
Because of her immense fame and the endearing personality she exuded as one of the most popular teen stars of her generation, Jolina was not only a recipient of accolades and nominations from various award-giving bodies in the field of media, but also recognitions from the government and non-government organizations.
Apart from being an outstanding role model for and being the representative of the youth in the 90s, she also became an icon when it comes to fashion. Her quirky and bubbly persona and flamboyant and psychedelic style became her trademark, which made her truly stand out among her contemporaries.
This gallery would surely make you feel nostalgic as we take you to a trip down memory lane and reminisce how Jolens became the fashion icon of her time.
One of her major influences were the glittery and colorful butterfly hair clips in different shapes and sizes, which our mothers used to willingly buy for us and we used to be so fond of. Besides, her full bangs with long hair, striking highlights, and crazy braids also became a trend among young girls and teenagers.
Even before the term #OOTD was coined in this social media age, she had been slaying the game ever since. Apparently, she wasn’t afraid to experiment and to veer away from the norms, and established her own rules when it comes to styling herself.
She’d been the trendsetter for unique, flashy, and girly styles, which were seen in the layered tops, loud prints, vibrant hues, and eye-catching ensembles she put on.
Due to the tremendous popularity of her fashion statements, a line of Jolina dolls were created in her image and made her extra closer to the hearts of her avid followers.
Up to now, her colorful fashion style in the ‘90s has stayed relevant as some creative and witty Filipinos turned these into memes and even called her “Jolegend Slaydangal”, which arguably fit her untainted and glorious reputation in the industry.
As she reached her twenties, Jolina proved that she could pull off ordinary attires and unembellished hairdos, and at the same time rock in maximalist and feisty outfits.
Her fashion sense began to tone down, be simpler, and more age-appropriate when she became Mrs. Mark Escueta in 2011 and they slowly built their family together, which we can see in the pieces she wears in the morning talk show.
Although the fashion fads she popularized have gone passé, it seemed that she already passed on the crown, err, the iconic butterfly clip, to her newborn daughter Vika upon giving birth to her last May 2018. Is Baby Vika going to continue her mom’s legacy? We cannot wait to see!
Happy birthday, Jolina! You’re impact and influence as a pop culture icon will never fade away.