A Songstress Ablaze
Written by Robert Soriano / Photography by Franco Raymundo
What makes a woman hot? Exotic, wild beauty and luscious curves? A brilliant mind, deeply fascinated by art and music? Well, look no further as September’s Playmate of the Month has all those characteristics and more. To say that Joyen is a unique character is such an understatement. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in film from one of the top universities in the country, but her career has revolved around her passion, music. When she is not busy calibrating and fine-tuning music and audio from her work as a sound engineer, Joyen spends her time off with her creative pursuits and passions.
For one, she fronts a metal band, River, as well as an alternative-rock band, the Black Vomits, and performs at various bars like SaGuijo, The Bar@1951 and My Bro’s Mustache Folk Bar. Joyen has an eclectic taste in music, which is actually not that big of a surprise given her work and lifestyle. From alternative acts like Garbage, PJ Harvey, Muse and A Perfect Circle; J-rock artists like Dir En Grey and Hyde, even classical musicians like Itzhak Perlman, this Playmate has a broad and complex taste in music.
Aside from being the red-hot songstress of her bands, Joyen is also a photographer whose works often focus on themes such as lust and bondage. A big fan of Araki Nobuyoshi, she’s knowledgeable about rope art, bondage and other forms of BDSM. She likes taking sensual portraits and claims that being a model – which she has been doing now for around six years – completes her experience in photography as she gets to be in front of the camera for a change. “I like the experience of being in front of the camera in the same way that I like being behind it. I enjoyed the shoot, and since PLAYBOY is an international brand, it’s the biggest thing that I’ve done. It’s kind of unique to pose in the very same bar where I perform and where I had my first solo photo exhibit (Light and Lust| Rope Studies I).”
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