De La Salle Lady Spiker Michele Gumabao poses nude for the new ad campaign of sports store Toby’s. The UAAP MVP awardee said that the nude and wet pictorial, taken by Jojit Lorenzo, reflects her advocacy for youth and women empowerment.
The photo shows Michele to be completely naked with splashes of water concealing parts of her body.
Before the photoshoot, Michele admitted that she was initially hesitant to take on the concept. She anticipated that her father, a pastor, might raise some concerns.
“My concern was really my dad. He’s a pastor and I come from a Christian family, so before Toby’s released all the pictures, I had to course it through him,” she said in an interview with Ginger Conejero.
“I said, ‘Papa, ito ipapakita sa shoot, this will be plastered on the walls of Toby’s,’ and he said, ‘You know, it’s okay, because it’s very wholesome,’” she said.
“Actually my reaction was, ‘It’s very beautiful.’ Because it’s something that you don’t normally see in a volleyball player or any sports outlet,” she added.
According to her, the images are not to be perceived as obscene by the public. She expressed that her shots were executed artistically.
“It depends naman on how the photographer takes it, and how you look in the picture. It doesn’t mean na you’re not wearing anything, bold star ka na. It’s not like that. It’s very artistic, what Toby’s did, and I’m very proud to be part of it,” Michele said.
Also featured on the shoot are San Mig Coffee player James Yap and Philippine Azkals’ Neil Etheridge.