The best thing about being 20 is the fact that I’m no longer a teenager. I have to make responsible decisions and think about the impact I’m going to make when doing certain things,” says Benchsetter Angel Manzano. She, along with Emil Khodaverdi, joins mega clothing brand Bench’s crew of the freshest faces in the fashion industry. Both are fond of being in front of a camera, but balancing that with school and other passion projects can be daunting.
While being 20 entails more pressure to act like an adult, the two 20-year-olds handle it with grace and passion. An export management major at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Emil balances his modeling gigs with school and helping out his brother for a body-building competition. Angel, on the other hand, is a legal management student at Ateneo de Manila University and is a part of the TEDxAdMU team. There’s a certain level of hustle needed to make you stand out from the rest of the faces online. They seem to have figured it out, and we have a feeling that we will be seeing more of them in the future. After all, they say your 20s are your best decade ever.