Meet The Designer
Char Tolentino presently lives in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, although born in the Philippines, and raised from childhood in California.
Her designing career started when she was 5, with creating handmade dresses, tops, pants and swimsuits for her dolls. She even knew back then that she would be in the fashion industry. Char excelled in school with both sewing and art classes.
In high school, her best friend secretly sent a picture of her to the world famous Barbizon School of Modeling/Agency in San Francisco.
The school had a contest looking for that unique look. The prize was a scholarship to their 75 year old company that started as a charm school originally founded on 5th avenue in New York City in 1939. Barbizon's aim has been to develop and nurture each student with knowledge and training of the highest caliber in the areas of modeling and personal development. The curriculum prepares students to enter the world of fashion with self-confidence, poise and style.
Char’s friend finally told her the day before Barbizon's team was coming to interview many girls and had chosen Char for consideration. She begged Char to go and wouldn't take no for an answer. A few weeks after the interview, Char Tolentino received a letter informing her that she was the winner and chosen to be the new face of Barbizon, and she was overwhelmed to have this opportunity.
Attending classes in San Francisco became a very exciting time in Char’s life. She enjoyed learning so many different things, modeling, make-up, photography and acting. Most of all, Char learned so much about clothes, and discovered that being a model you get to work with different types of style, so she knew then that designing will become her passion.
Char was selected as “Face of the Year” by world renowned Barbizon Modeling Agency, and won a scholarship. After graduating with honors, Char modeled for several years, but preferred working with make-up and design.
Char also modeled for magazines and runway shows and had studied ballet at a prestigious Russian school for 10 years.
Char enjoyed working for Magazines, Catalogs and several high-end make -up brands, and also began doing makeup for several celebrities for the movie industry. She found that was one of the greatest experiences in her life.
After moving to Thailand, Char had the opportunity to beginning her designing career. The variety of fabrics created and opened the doors to her lifelong dream of creation, and began A-List Fashion.
After returning to Belize Char as a fashion designer, continued her own line, A-List Fashion and still operates an invitation-only exclusive shop in San Pedro where she designs dresses, blouses, pants, swimsuits, skirts and jewelry. While living in San Pedro, Char became instrumental in working with Costa Maya pageants and Miss San Pedro.
In 2015, Char made a decision to specialize in her new brand of swimsuits, CharLoves. Some of those designs were featured in Miss World Belize 2015, by Raquel Badillo, in London, England. In 2015 and 2016, Char’s suits were used for the Queen of Bacchanal in their swimsuit segment. Continuing in 2016, CharLoves were worn by Miss America Latina, Michelle Nunez, the Costa Maya International’s Photo Shoot, and the Miss Belize Fashion Show.
Both Rebecca K. Rath, 2016 Miss Belize Universe, and Iris Salguero, 2016 Miss Belize World, models for CharLoves.
Char is well-known for her incredible photo-shoots, using our local Belizean talent and our beautiful country. Her designs are glamorous and sexy with a touch of rock n roll. Each of her creations are made with the most luxurious and exquisite fabrics personally chosen by Char, and she makes sure each item is carefully and beautifully crafted.