"Through Villabona’s stories, the ‘90s feel like a period of exploration, a search for identity in a time that could not be defined by just one thing. It’s clear in his photos, in his work, that the provenance of his style is clear, but there’s always a note of vulnerability that turns that glamor and perfection into something more human."
"Vintage celebrity photos done on film by photographer Ricky Villabona for ’90s fashion magazines got people excited on social media. There was intimacy in the raw, mostly black-and-white photos of Regine Velasquez, Melanie Marquez, Eric Fructuoso, Piolo Pascual, even the late rapper Francis Magalona 'who volunteered to strip to his skivvies.'"
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