You have the stance and body of a supermodel, we’re pretty sure we’ve seen you somewhere…
I didn’t have any professional training as a model. I started in high school, but was not able to push through with it in college. When I joined Bb. Pilipinas in 2010, I was fortunate enough to qualify in the Top 60. I tried again in 2015, but didn’t make it so far. I’m not sure if that’s for me, but I really enjoyed every moment of it. That opened up a lot of opportunities.
We’re glad you took this one!
I always say I’m not getting any younger, I’m past my mid-20s, and this is my way of immortalizing my youth. Grab the opportunity while it’s there!
We like beauty pageants, and we won’t deny we’re just as curious as to what happens backstage…
I was actually culture-shocked because I saw women who were really, really beautiful. I even got star-struck. What I did was make new friends.
What would you say was the toughest part of the competition?
It’s more physically challenging before the big night because we’re always surrounded by the media. Smiling and having the right stance are tiring. Lagi pa kaming naka-heels. Also, kahit gaano kami kapagod, we couldn’t just pig out kasi we’re trying to avoid unnecessary bulges, ha ha!
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Photography Ejay Leung of Midnight Bonkers Styling Deb Bernales Makeup Janina Dizon Hair Emmanuel Hernandez III