Born in the Philippines, Ela Pasion is like a beautiful ray of sunshine on a chilly winter morning. Read the full Ela Pasion exclusive interview here.
What is your heritage?
I am full Filipino. I was born in the capital city of the Philippines.
What are your goals and ambitions?
My personal goal is to travel. I’ve been to various states all over the country, but I really want to try visiting other countries. Aside from my place of birth, Mexico and Canada are the only countries I’ve been to outside of the U.S. My dream is to go to Australia, Japan, and Europe.
What’s your favorite food?
I really love Filipino food, but no one makes it quite like my mom, so you’ll rarely see me order it at a restaurant.
Have you ever had a crush on a celebrity?
When I was a teen, I was in love with Orlando Bloom. Haha.
What do you find attractive about modeling?
I love the ability to be my own boss and set my own schedule. I am also so grateful for the many traveling opportunities I’ve received through modeling. Someday, I’ll look back and reminisce about how wonderful these years of my life were.
What was it like on your first photo shoot?
My first photoshoot was taken with a film camera! It sounds like a lot of pressure to get poses right, but the photographer’s vision was to have poses that were more naturally composed. With that in mind, I stayed relaxed and just went along with the flow. That seemed to have set the right tone for all my shoots from then on, as I have always felt comfortable in front of a camera.
What are your pet peeves?
I guess one of my pet peeves is cockiness. Confidence is great, but if you have to brag all the time, then you aren’t confident. You’re overcompensating.
What is it about a guy or girl that turns you on/off?
One of my biggest turn ons are when a guy has nice eyes. I also love a great sense of humor. I love to laugh a lot about silly things. If he can appreciate being goofy with me, then I’m falling.
What’s your idea of the perfect date?
Honestly, the perfect date for me, nowadays, is staying home, playing Borderlands (or other video games), and drinking wine. For a night out with a bit more effort, a perfect date would have to be going to a concert.
How long do you make someone wait before having sex?
I’ve never had a rule about that. If it feels right, then it feels right.
What is the most romantic thing you have done for someone?
I’m really crafty, so I’ve made a few romantic gifts in the past. One of my favorites was a DIY scratcher. I mixed together my own scratch-off paint and designed a card to look like a lottery scratcher. Behind each section of paint was a secret message. Some were sweet and some were sexy, but that’s all I can say about it. Haha.
Do you want people to see you for your brains or your beauty?
I definitely feel like I’m trying to prove that I’m more than just my looks. I’ve had instances in school where I have been underestimated, but I like to think I’ve always proved them wrong. Besides, true beauty is seen on the inside.