FASHION PULIS: Her sideline

In the hush-hush dealings of VIPS and attractive ladies, a story is circulating about Smart Celebrity (SC)’s sideline.

In a private circle, VIPS are given first choice on attractive women they want to be with. SC, who is popular and pretty, is allegedly on that list.

An Older VIP (OV) availed of the services. SC was set up to meet with her client. SC is charming and articulate and could have easily warmed up to OV. The transaction was done and both moved on.

However, talk cannot be controlled and rumors began circulating about SC’s availability. As the rumor spread within the inner circle, concerned friends informed SC’s Love Interest (LI). LI and SC have been dating for a time. The friends warned LI of SC’s secret dealings.

Nonetheless, the rumors started to be pieced together. Soon, OV’s name emerged. Connections were established and it turned out that OV is a friend of a relation of LI. The revelation was shocking.

Incidentally, making the said list is not easy but when a name is added to the list, clients or transactions are assured. These dealings are discreet. Someone makes the arrangement, but the ‘service provider’ is not informed of the name of the VIP. The initial meeting is the only time they meet in person.

‘While privacy strengthens all our bonds, secrecy weakens and damages connection. Lerner points out that we do not usually ‘know the emotional costs of keeping a secret’ until the truth is disclosed. Usually, secrecy involves lying. And lying is always the setting for potential betrayal and violation of trust.’ − Bell Hooks

Complete Disregard

During the past months, celebrities exerted effort, spent time, risked reputations, and joined rallies to show support for their candidates. From declarations of not receiving any payment to rumors of overwhelming talent fees, celebrities and their followers were polarized. No one was spared from bashing and endless exchanges filled social media. Other celebrities reported losing followers for their stand.  

All the work led to election day when Filipinos trooped to their respective voting centers. As always, voters braved the heat, lined up, and filled their ballots. The difference this time is that voting centers added a waiting area given that only a few voters can be allowed in the voting room. That measure was part of Covid protocols.

Politicians and celebrities were pictured lining up to wait for their turn. The waiting lasted for an hour or longer for many. However, when Popular Celebrity (PC) arrived at the voting center, PC disregarded the line and went ahead of others who have been standing for hours. Most were stunned as PC is highly influential and no one called PC’s attention. People could not believe PC was insensitive and thick-skinned given the attitude of having to be first and way ahead of the masses.  

‘The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people.’ − Pope Francis

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