Editor-in-Chief, Roanne Monte
Contributing Editor, Travel and Food, John Michael Flores
Contributing Writer, Beauty, Leticia Katz
Creative Designer, Janice Paglinawan
Director of Engineering, Roanne Monte
Hello Friends (and new ones alike),
Thank you for stopping by!
Belonging to a vibrant community of writers, authors, and digital content creators prompted me to start L’Arietta. While I am inspired by fashion, culture, art, and travel, I am most inspired by the stories of people from all walks of life. Whether it is of a fashion designer who through sheer hard work and focus later found success, or a chef who is doing his part for the environment.
It would indeed be dishonest of me not to say that I am partial to the stories of women. It is for this reason that you will see profiles of women—from students, entrepreneurs, and professionals to other multihyphenates—featured in L’Arietta.
Growing up with sisters and a businessperson mother taught me about the importance of women supporting each other. Seeing women compete in terms of physicality or other similar realm is a notion that I find foreign and rather archaic. Life is simply too short. It is not about clothing size or body shape, it is about being the best we can be with what we have been given. This is not a new idea, by any means, but one I wholeheartedly support.
Roanne Monte – Bio
While obtaining her computer science degree, Ms. Monte launched two high technology startups with a focus on enterprise applications. She has managed and implemented large-scale projects for multinational organizations across industries, using SOA and SaaS-based technologies. In addition to enterprise software, she has been involved in startups from leading entire content and editorial teams for online media to researched-based, leading-edge technologies.
Prior to pursuits in the tech sector, Ms. Monte was one of the youngest principals on London’s West End playing the lead role of ‘Kim’ in the hit musical Miss Saigon. Other roles include ‘Princess Tuptim’ in The King and I’s Australian National Tour with British actress Hayley Mills, ‘Mary Magdalene’ in the concert production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and ‘Liat’ in South Pacific with Oscar-nominated actor Bill Murray.
She has performed before His Royal Highness Prince Edward of England with Grammy Award-winning artist Olivia Newton-John, as well as heads of state including former Singapore President Ong and the First Lady. Ms. Monte was a celebrity model for Elite Model Management (New York, London and Singapore) and featured in both Vogue Australia and Singapore, and has been photographed by renowned photographers Antoine Verglas and Russel Wong. Other media appearances include Marie Claire, MTV Asia, Fashion Unlimited, WHO Weekly, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Midday Show, The Evening Standard, Cutting Edge, BBC, GMTV, Sky Europe, and London Tonight.
Ms. Monte has a certificate in business law from the University of Sydney and won a voice scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in psychology cum laude and is the recipient of the Dean’s academic achievement award from Harvard.