By Flor Leano
FAIR EXCLUSIVES : RIVA QUENERY
PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWARD KEELER
STYLIST: JANNO NOVENARIO
STYLING ASSOCIATES: DAN FERNANDO,
ENJ PUNO, BRYAN MORALLOS
MAKE-UP: LUIS BUÑAG
HAIR: CHINO MANIQUIZ
Special thanks to Portia Dimla of Star Magic and Cham Santos
Becoming a YouTube sensation tops the fantasy of the young generation. Why not? You are the talk of the town and you can also get the perks of popular TV and movie stars but there is no need for media hype to get you to the top. All you need to do is to be yourself and do the things you do best. The more outspoken you are the better. Riva Quenery is among the few young Filipinos to make it big on YouTube with almost a million subscribers and counting. She is truly a star in her own way especially that she has a solid fan base called Rivaholics backing her up and motivating her to keep going.
“Gaining views and subscribers” shouldn’t be your main priority. Focus on the things that make you happy.”
Riva got noticed first for her astounding dance videos that made netizens go gaga over her undeniably graceful dance moves. Among her dance videos though, her dance cover of Sorry by Justin Bieber is a personal favorite because that video opened a lot of doors for her. Since she started, she ensures full enjoyment of her dance covers with choreography expertly executed in every detail. From start to finish, she leaves her viewers in awe urging them to keep on clicking likes and give commendations to her energetic performances. No one can argue that Riva rules her niche and amazingly, her share of limelight is expanding. This year, her dance crew Power Impact made it to World of Dance held in Los Angeles, California. They landed the third among equally well-trained dancers around the world. But the ever optimistic Riva remains thankful for being given the chance to dance on international stage. “Being a part of the World of Dance gave all of us the opportunity to realize our weaknesses, on one hand, and fortify our strength, on the other. We have learned how it is to go against the world’s best dancers. What is gratifying for us was the rare opportunity given to us when we shared the same stage with the best dancers from around the world. It is every dancer’s dream,” she shares.
“Most of the time my style is very chill and laid-back. I like sweatshirts, pants and sneakers—these get up staples make me feel comfortable.”
This YouTube celebrity keeps her viewers glued to their seats while watching her. Whether she is dancing, doing her Tik Toks, or having candid exchanges of dialogues with guests, she remains dynamic. She tackles ping-pong of jokes so naturally witty. And whenever she collaborates with some artists, she engages them in an entertaining chat like a pro. Viewers like how she puts fun in every video she makes but all these, she said, are not rehearsed. “Almost all of my vlogs are spontaneous. I don’t make scripts unless if it’s a sponsored video. I believe that being spontaneous can release your creative juices,” she says.
Netizens adore Riva for her sweet smile that could be perfect for toothpaste ad. Whenever she flashes her pearly whites, it seems like people feel lighter and get the impulse of smiling, too. Her skin always looks fresh and glowing. There might be a secret to her beauty but she said that she just lets her skin breathe once in a while and she never forgets to remove her makeup before going to bed. That simple! She doesn’t even follow a strict diet plan. But she dances a lot so she stays sexy and slim. As for her fashion style, Riva isn’t picky and fussy. “Most of the time my style is very chill and laid-back. I like sweatshirts, pants and sneakers—these get up staples make me feel comfortable,” she explains. To enjoy, she keeps her adrenaline pumping by traveling. She loves adventures and spontaneous trips. If she doesn’t have work or school, she’s always on the go for escapades.
“Being a part of the World of Dance gave all of us the opportunity to realize our weaknesses, on one hand, and fortify our strength, on the other. We have learned how it is to go against the world’s best dancers. What is gratifying for us was the rare opportunity given to us when we shared the same stage with the best dancers from around the world. It is every dancer’s dream.”
Soon, her single will be out to give musical delight to millions of people. This is another milestone in her career so she so excited about it. Although she has reached several of her dreams, there are still a lot to conquer for this multi-talented lady. Given the chance, she would like to dance with the local soap favorite Yassi Pressman either live or on her YouTube channel. On the other hand, she is looking forward to heating up the stage with Beyoncé. She loves her attitude, stage presence and stamina. Since she is adventurous, she thinks that action movies fit her outgoing personality. Definitely, action movies will satisfy her craving for challenge.
For aspiring YouTubers, she says that perseverance and patience will get them to fame. “I know it’s hard to start or maintain your own channel but I swear it’s worth it. If you have perseverance, you will get what you deserve and always remember that it is alright to make mistakes. Mistake is a proof that you’re really trying. As a YouTuber, you have to be patient especially in editing, filming, thinking of a new concept and many more. You also have to be patient when it comes to the growth of your channel. It’s not easy to gain views and subscribers. But here’s a piece of advice, if I were you “gaining views and subscribers” shouldn’t be your main priority. Focus on the things that make you happy,” she ends.