My family moved to Germany, that’s where I lived for 6 years. It took me a long time to get along with the people there and find friends. For me the Philippines is a place where I wanted to live. After I got scouted on Instagram when I was 15, that’s when I really wanted to move to the Philippines but my dad wanted me to finish high school so I had to wait for 3 years before i could officially move.
My passions for modeling started when I was 13, and my passion for fashion started later when i was 15 but that was all happening in Germany. But in Riyadh, I was a completely different person. I didn’t think about modeling yet because I wasn’t exposed to the modeling world and I didn’t know much about modeling.
It was when I was 13 that I realized I wanted to be a model, but before that, I wanted to be an actress. But when I was even younger I wanted to be a Veterinarian because I love animals but once I saw blood, I knew that the field wasn’t for me.
Growing up I was really shy but I really had to push myself to go out, socialize, and meet new people. It was really hard for me. I switched slowly to being confident and me moving to the Philippines helped. I was always scared to do the things that I wanted to do. I was even scared to be part of Asia’s Next Top Model. Before I flew to Singapore for the competition, I was freaking out. Being in a reality show, being with the other girls and there were cameras everywhere made me freak out even more. I was this girl who knew what she wanted, I knew I wanted to be a model and fulfill my dream but I was always afraid.
My biggest motivation was mostly my family. And then my manager pushed me join the competition. Also, I saw that it was a perfect opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and to be more confident in myself. That’s all what I really wanted; it was to be more confident, believe in myself and know that I can do it.
The show changed me in how I approach other opportunities which made me more confident and made me not be afraid to do the things that I love to do. I discovered a lot about myself. I realized that i’m stronger that I think I am and that I can do it.
What was your most memorable experience?
The moments that were not aired. The things we did behind the scenes where would just watch movies. I was really close to the twins and we would cook each other food. Those were the little moments that didn’t get to be on TV but were very memorable.
Who was your toughest competition during the season?
From the start, my biggest competitors were always Shikin and Tu.
Who was your favorite judge?
My favorite judge is Cara. She’s so nice and sweet and you can see that she really wants to help us. She’s like our mom and it’s so nice to have somebody there who really supports you.
I worked as a waitress in a gelato shop. I got fired from my very first job. I can switch raising my eyebrows very fast.
I hang out with my family and friends. And I love cooking and baking and I try to do that as much as I can.
PROUDEST MOMENT BESIDES WINNING
Me being on the cover of Nylon! It was my very first cover so it was a very great achievement.
I wouldn’t do nude shoots. I won’t do something too sexy unless it’s Victoria’s Secret.
After I’ve had a long day, I make sure to clean my face, moisturize and get some sleep. I also try to drink a lot of water and avoid touching my face.
I want to do different kinds of modeling. I want to be known not just as a pretty face commercial girl. I want to model for high end and luxury brands also.
For now, my main focus is modeling. I hope I get to travel for work, maybe in Europe or the US. Of course, I would consider acting in the future.
Photography: Miguel Alomajan @migotilyomanila
Stylist: Ica Villanueva ( @icavillanueva )and Aaron Mangsat ( @aaronmangsat )
Hair and makeup: Theresa Padin @theresa_padin
Video: Jear Velasquez @bangsilog
Photo assist: Jet Soliman @jet.slmn
Style Asst: Joey Buenaobra @joeybuenaobra
Chinie Go @chiniego
Prima Stella Mgmt @primastellamgt
Mark Bumgarner @markbumgarner