It's kind of amusing to think that we felt a little shiver down our spine the first time we chanced upon car show and commercial model Karen Punzalan. We're not sure what caused the goosebumps; there's just something about this mestiza that made us feel a bit perplexed.
Then it hit us—she's a dead ringer for the infamous Deniece Cornejo!
"When the condo issue came out, my close friends teased me almost all of the time! There were also several occasions where I was walking at the mall or I'm eating in this restaurant, and next thing I knew, people we're looking at me, thinking that I was her. Ha ha! Scary and funny at the same time!" shares Karen, who's also finishing a degree in Business Management in Jose Rizal University.
It's not only Deniece she resembles though, look closely and you'll also see shades of Carla Abellena. But there's so more to Karen than being a doppelganger of beautiful personalities. Even before she had drawn comparisons to her celebrity lookalikes, she had already been making a name for herself as one of the prettiest faces from Tarlac. She's been a regular at local beauty pageants and has been also raking brand endorsements as her budding modeling career flourishes.
The 23-year old has also dabbled in show business. "I was a TV talent before. I got to appear in various shows in ABS-CBN and GMA 7, but the longest role I got siguro was in TV5. I became a recurring character on their show Glamorosa," says Karen. "I was the suki of Lorna Tolentino who played the part of Dra. Natalia Marciano, a famous cosmetic surgeon and was one of the lead characters of the soap."
This August though, the well-travelled model is adding the title of FHM #NewCrush to her already padded resume.
And she starts this new chapter in her life by answering the FHM Slumbook:Want more of Karen? Well, you don't need to visit her at her condo if you want to spend some time with her. All you need to do is to click on the gallery below!
Photography Jay Tablante Styling Bela Vitug Hair and Makeup Syd Helmsly