The name may not come immediately to mind, but it’s a safe bet that you’ve seen her somewhere. For those who need help jogging their memories, PLAYBOY’s March cover girl, Fil-Italian Sara Polverini has come a long way from her days as the primary-hued Yellow Super Ranger Kid, with a long list of media appearances to her credit, from her childhood acting stints to fashion spreads and print ads to a recent Pizza Hut advertisement and her current role as spokesmodel for Van Heusen apparel.
The daughter of an Italian father and Filipina mother, Sara is a classic example of what can come about when good things come together. After all, while Italians’ and Filipinos’ propensity towards hospitality, strong familial ties and nigh-fanatical reverence for food are legend, these are far from the only things their cultures have in common, and one would have to be more than a little blind to not notice the natural beauty that both countries are capable of producing.
When asked about which side she feels more in tune with, Sara answers, “I feel Filipino because I’ve spent most of my years living here. I consider Manila
my first home.”
rowing up in international schools (here and abroad) through high school and college helped Sara fit in since her school mates were also mixed. Some things do remain universal, though, as Sara cites inconsiderate drivers and judgmental people as pet peeves.
One look at Ms. Polverini makes one surmise that God must have been in a really good mood when laying out the templates for us and our Mediterranean cousins, so we were ecstatic when Sara agreed to do our nautical-themed summer pictorial. “I’d like to have one of these, sure, but I can’t imagine living on it!” laughed Sara of the yacht.
Any concerns about stage fright were made moot as Sara conducted herself like a pro for photographer Filbert Kung (but then, there are worse ways to spend the day than having your picture taken surrounded by sun and sea). She summed up the experience, saying, “It’s comfortable; wearing lingerie for a shoot is just like walking around at the beach in a bikini, and I know the stylist, makeup artist and photographer will make it look classy.”
PLAYBOY’s classiness notwithstanding, some parents can be apprehensive about their offspring appearing in our pages. “My mom is also like a friend; she’s open-minded, and I can tell her anything,” says Sarah, adding that hiding her pictorial from her parents was never an issue, since “Of course my parents should know, I didn’t want to shock them by (intentionally) making them clueless about it! I can decide for myself and (be sure) the photos are done in good taste.”
Needless to say, the shoot went exceedingly well, and we’ve the pictures to prove it. Debates on Divine providence or genetic fortuitousness aside, Sara Polverini is a fine example of classical beauty done right, and a definite credit to both her halves. For that, we here at PLAYBOY are grateful, and as such, not likely to forget her name anytime soon.
La vita è bella, and so is Sara Polverini.