Dyesebel is a staple on Filipino TV, it originated from Mars Revalo’s comics from the 50’s. The show is a classic example of how media influences and compromises one’s ideals or standards in something. In this case, the idea of Filipina beauty. Many would think of the lovely Marian Rivera or beauty queen Charlene Gonzales when pondering on Dyesebel’s physical attributes. But there was a time when this wasn’t the case. Little do people know that the first actress to take the role of Dyesebel is Edna Luna, a morena beauty. Edna is a powerhouse in her own career, she has appeared in old classics like “Pedro Penduko”, “Kamay ni Kain”, “Bakya Mo Neneng”, and “Banga ni Zimador”. Contradicting the usual fair-skinned, mestiza-looking actresses that now play Dyesebel, director Gerry De Leon had a different plan in mind. Edna Luna’s brown skin, eyes, and long dark hair was his idea of Filipina beauty. It’s a standard that is reminiscent of Amorsolo’s Dalagang Bukid painting. It’s a small detail that has changed as many others have painted media with westernized ideals and trends.
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