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Actress and model Isabelle Daza is an influencer for motherhood, business, and mental health

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Isabelle Daza was born into media royalty as the daughter of beauty queen Gloria Diaz and the granddaughter of Filipino food pioneer Nora Daza. Though she had already established her own name and career years before, it was through her personal journey of motherhood and through a brave admission to vulnerability that she truly made an impact.


In a 2019 video of a mental health talk that went viral, Daza opened up about her battle with anxiety and postpartum depression, disarming an audience that knew her only as an It Girl, TV host and model. She has since advocated for destigmatising mental health issues, sharing her son Baltie’s morning affirmations and meditation advice on social media amidst the pandemic.


While she keeps busy as a hands-on mom to two children, Daza also juggles other businesses. Her energetic spinning brand Ride Revolution was going at top speed before the lockdowns, having opened three key locations for the high-adrenaline and serotonin-inducing fitness concept. When gyms closed, she and her partners sold the bikes for customers to use at home, creating a virtual on-demand business model that persists today.

She also continues to manage FRNK Milk Bar’s several branches, elevating customers’ taste for milk tea with healthy and vegan options, and sourcing premium ingredients from Japan.


Her most exciting endeavour yet might be Recess, a colourful fitness line that merges activewear with loungewear, creating a versatile apparel range that once again plays on her personal philosophy of normal and accessible beauty.

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In 2021, Isabelle Daza penned Yaya Luning, a children’s book based on her long-time nanny. Her dream, she shares, is to professionalise the role of domestic helpers, and give them the same benefits, sense of dignity, and opportunities to improve their lives through their work

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