Newest primetime drama Start-Up PH not only portrays the hurdles of becoming an entrepreneur, but it also demonstrates how power dressing can help establish power and confidence in people.
Power dressing enables people, especially women, to feel confident about themselves and display authority in environments where internal problems can mix with work and prejudice towards modern norms, such as women in the workplace, dominates.
By choosing and wearing the right clothes for the right venue and occasion, people can look sharp, sophisticated, and confident to others even if they’re not fully feeling it inside, and that is what stars Alden Richards, Bea Alonzo, Jeric Gonzales, and Yasmien Kurdi did with their characters in this remake of the hit 2020 South Korean drama series, Start-Up.
Alden Richards as Tristan Hernandez
Alden’s role in the series, Tristan Hernandez, also known as Good Boy, is the equivalent of Kim Seon-ho’s character in the South Korean original, Han Ji-pyeong. Both Ji-pyeong and Tristan are team leaders with astounding investment skills and sharp tongues.
In the Philippine remake, Tristan is always seen wearing suits, establishing his position in the company as a leader, his intellect, and his power over his subordinates, even though he has a soft side to others.
Bea Alonzo as Dani Sison
Bea’s character, Dani Sison, is an ambitious young woman passionate about her dream of becoming a successful business woman despite her lack of a sophisticated background in order to initiate a company of her own. Dani is the equivalent of Seo Dal-mi, played by Bae Suzy in the K-drama original.
During her days at work, she often wears suits paired with blouses and tailored pants. By wearing these types of clothes at work, she is showing her co-workers that she is a confident person who can accomplish anything.
Jeric Gonzales as Davidson Navarro
Complementing Nam Joo-hyuk’s character in the original as Nam Do-san, Davidson Navarro, portrayed by Jeric, is a skilled programmer whose identity was used by Tristan to write letters to Dani at her grandmother’s request.
Unlike Tristan, Davidson’s looks are often simple and casual due to his shyness, humbleness, and doubts about his career. Wearing clothes that are comfortable to a person sometimes helps in establishing some form of confidence in someone.
Yasmien Kurdi as Katrina Sison/Ina Diaz
An equivalent to Kang Han-na’s character as Won In-jae or Seo In-jae, Katrina Sison or Ina Diaz, played by Yasmien, is Dani’s older sister whose background as a successful business woman made her realize her weakness and does everything she can so that people will acknowledge her skills and build an empire on her own.
Like Tristan, she would also often wear outfits such as suits and tailored pants that would make her look stern and established thanks to her experienced background, even though it may not look like it on the inside.
With the looks of the actors as their characters, Start-Up PH just shows how clothes, no matter how casual or formal they may be, can help people show others that they can be more than what they believe they are, despite their inner problems.
Start-Up PH airs weeknights at 8:50 p.m. on GMA. It also airs on GTV every Monday to Thursday at 11:30 p.m. and Fridays at 11:00pm.