A 20-year-old college student from Zamboanga del Sur has become an internet sensation after he used leaves to make creative outfits and stunning photos.
In an exclusive interview with DailyPedia, Bryan Montañez, also known as the “Queen of Nature” of Pagadian City, said he has been creating “green” outfits and posting his photos wearing them on social media for the past two years.
Montañez said his dream of being a fashion model was what inspired him to do this.
“Dalawang taon ko na itong ginagawa. Noong una katuwaan lang namin ng mga auntie ko. Pero nung nagtagal sineryoso ko na dahil pangarap ko din maging sikat na model,” he noted.
“Dati mahiyain ako. Palagi akong binu-bully na maitim ako kaya kapag may camera nahihiya talaga ako. Pero nung nag-start na akong mag-modelling sa FB (Facebook), doon na ako nagkarooon ng lakas ng loob,” he added.
Montañez said he idolizes Maureen Wroblewitz, a Filipino-German fashion model best known for winning the fifth season of Asia’s Next Top Model (ASNTM).
“Fan na fan po ako ni Ate Maureen, iyong nanalo ng ASNTM Cycle 5,” he said.
“Kaya siya ang gusto ko gayahin. Pero gumamit ako ng dahon para maiba naman,” he added.
Montañez has made customized outfits from the leaves of banana, coconut, gabi, papaya, and more.
Wearing his unique “creations,” he created stunning photos by flying up in the air like a gymnast, jumping out of a river holding gabi leaves, as well as walking while tossing a papaya fruit.
Many netizens have been impressed on his fabulous creations and images that he uploaded on his Facebook.
More than 9,400 people have started following him on his Facebook account.
Montañez said the inspiring comments he receives encourages him to create more outfits from nature and then model it again.
“Sana mas makilala pa po ako ng ibang tao at sana iyong pangarap ko na may kumuha sa akin at gawin akong professional model po ay matupad,” he added.
Montañez said he was so happy because his family supports him and “they were really proud at me.”
“Iyong family ko po proud na proud sila sa akin. Lagi silang nag-update sa FB ko,” he noted.
“Kahit mga tito ko pinagmamalaki nila ako lalo na po ‘yung mga auntie ko na nasa abroad po,” he added.
Montañez has expressed gratitude to his family, friends, and all those who supports him in this endeavor.
“Sa lahat ng todo support sa akin salamat sa inyo, lalong-lalo na sa family ko at FB friends ko na todo share sa mga pictures ko,” he said.
“Sana hindi kayo tumigil sa pag-suporta sa akin. Laban natin to Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur!” he concluded.