HEALING KRYSTAL : The Right Mind, Body, and Soul


Wednesday January 1, 2020


By: Naiia Lajoie

Cover photo by Mario Arcena

 

Recent online articles and social media advertising show that alternative medicine – crystals specifically – are “trending”. Sought after for their magical properties and kept close for their healing powers, precious metals, semi-precious stones, and even natural occurring magnets have been coveted for medicinal purposes for several millennia. But is there a true science to this phenomenon, or is it simply “mind over matter”?

The same thought process surrounding a piece of healing limestone can also be applied to the limelight. Celebrity status can be equal parts invigorating, while also fleeting, draining, and trending. Just ask Krystal von Seyfried – and just like her crystal namesake, she is equal parts grounded scholar, charged model, and earthy mystic.

Krystal is a half Filipina-half German model born and raised in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Her mother is a Filipina from Balut in the Tondo district of Manila, while her father is of German ancestry from Munich. Coming from what she considers a happy childhood, Krystal went through what she deems as her “ugly phase” during middle school, where she had a penchant for history, mythology, and anthropology. To this day, the self-proclaimed nerd is passionate about spirituality and metaphysics.

Her upbringing and employment echo this; she grew up shrouded in Catholicism and works part-time at a jewelry store office that specializes in sustainable artisan jewelry in Downtown LA’s Jewelry District. Constantly surrounded by crystals, it is no wonder she identifies as an “energy worker”, trying to keep herself pure by avoiding any body modifications such as tattoos or surgeries (which is no easy feat in Los Angeles, let alone the entertainment industry). Based on her beliefs and personal experiences, she is particularly against what is dubbed the “sugar baby” culture, wherein young women enjoy being fawned over by older men; offering them gifts, favors, and services in exchange for companionship.

While this may sound like the fundamentals of somebody who cloisters themselves in the dark confines of a library, Krystal is actually a model. Having retired from her former life of pageantry by age 24, she has set a new year’s resolution of landing more print work in 2020. The model also wants to branch out into the acting world, already having starred in music videos by Chinese rapper Higher Brothers, other Filipino artists, and her friends’ short films. Krystal has always been interested in acting and wants to create her own YouTube channel. Her motives are not self-aggrandizing as one may think; she explains, “Escapism is necessary because this world is hard”.

Krystal strives to use her modeling as a platform for offering something of substance to the general public. Her Instagram account is a collection of her writings, given she feels as though people do not pick up books anymore. She uses her online following as a way to teach so that hopefully others may learn. This has not been a seamless transition, but she remains unfazed; “Likes have gone down since doing the scholarly thing. But the algorithm has made it go down in general”. She continues on that train of thought:

A lot of people are self-conscious about their likes. I refuse to buy likes, even if it makes me look less popular. The people who are interested are the right people. My publicist found me on IG and wanted to represent me, because they liked me more than other Instagram models. Even my Filipino stage manager found my page through my comment on one of Catriona [Gray]’s posts. ‘She’s so deep’ they said. [Catriona and I are] both half Filipino; we’re attracting a similar energy. I want to be seen as a model with substance, basically. I want them to feel who I am. After all, the poverty of human language cannot describe the soul of people.

It has not always been luck of the draw for this rock star. Krystal had to dig her way out after reaching rock bottom following a toxic relationship. In 2020 she hopes to transition into being her own person. At the end of 2018 Krystal broke up with her boyfriend of six years. When they began dating she was 16. He was 27. While she can now candidly speak on it, she acknowledges that back then learning how to be single was really hard. Things finally ended with who she now sees is a sexual predator when she was 23. “My brain was emotionally locked in a dungeon. 2019 was my first year out of the dungeon. I just want to be me without being attached to this person”.

While this is not the typical origin story of a pageant title-holding cover model – similar to the crystals she surrounds herself with – Krystal too feels as though she is being unearthed and polished. Much like the historic mysteries she buries herself in. “I’m very interested in the Trojan War; it wasn’t actually Troy that was found. It should be in the Baltics”. This beauty with brains is set on piecing together Northern German Mythology, and is passionate about getting the two sides of her heritage out there. She wants to perpetuate actual history and anthropology by using her “pretty exterior” to garner interest. “I want to bring to light the things not taught in school, like linking the Philippines to India since Filipino history was destroyed by the Spaniards”.

Krystal foresees that she will explore ancient Philippines history, beginning with visiting the Philippines later in 2020. “I just know I’m going to be traveling this year. One day I would like to have a travel show”. It is a wonder that one so deep – and one with so many deep wounds – still manages to balance everything. Despite having gone through a lot of pain last year, she recounts a story of while at Fred Segal’s in Beverly Hills, someone recognized her through her celebrity. They asked if they could have their picture taken with her, perfectly illustrating that just because one was stuck between a rock and a hard place in the past, does not mean one needs to stay there. In being a former and current cover girl for Manila Up! Magazine, while she says she delights in having watched our publication grow, we too cannot wait to see what Krystal digs up next.

Photography by Dylan Perlot
Makeup by Sarah Nelson
Styling by Catherine Hayes
Yellow dress by Silvana Tedesco

Photography by Dylan Perlot
Makeup by Sarah Nelson
Styling by Catherine Hayes
Pink dress by Puey Quinones

Photography by Dylan Perlot
Makeup by Sarah Nelson
Styling by Catherine Hayes
Pink dress by Puey Quinones

Photography by Dylan Perlot
Makeup by Sarah Nelson
Styling by Catherine Hayes
Wardrobe by Now PR LA



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