By request: Kenji Marquez

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Yesterday my email received quite a number of requests for a Chema Marquez a.k.a. Kenji Marquez post. I figured, he’s now a private person and wondered about the sudden interest in one of the original Bench Body models. And then again, I’m only too willing to oblige lest the angry, complaining lot descend on this site again. Today, we have a Kenji Marquez post.

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Kenji first appeared as one of the Bench underwear models 12 years ago. He’s seen here in the China launch of the underwear line.

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Back then he was in good(looking) company. He was with Zanjoe Marudo, Luke Jickain, Corey Wills, Einar Ingebrigtsen, Victor Basa, Andrew Wolff, Alvin Alfonso, Rocky Salumbides and Jon Mullally. It was a fab lot of handsome boys assembled by Bench. But I digress.

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After that China stint, Mr. Marquez modeled for Bench for a while.

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As one of the favored ones, Bench even included him in a coffee table book. Sexy, eh?

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Chema also dabbled into acting, most of the time as the token Japanese guy. He claims he doesn’t have Japanese blood, actually. Born Jose Manuel Marquez Laurel, he comes from a long line of prominent personalities in politics, entertainment and fashion. Chema is now off the showbiz grid as he works in a bank.

T-back Thursday

For Old Pictures Day, we’re having a dose of Filpino-Japanese actor-model Chema Marquez a.k.a. Kenji Motoki [left] and Australian-Burmese model-host Marc Nelson.  Back in the good old days, these two were the favorite underwear models for the then-fledgling local brand Bench. And when the Bench people suddenly had the bright idea that sex-freakin-sells, Chema and Marc amped it up a bit by going extra daring in their fashion shoots and ads.