This year, on June 28, Wednesday, the Philippines finally took the ‘Asia’s Next Top Model’ title as the Liza Soberano-look-alike Maureen Wroblewitz was declared as the season’s big winner. The recently turned 19-year-old Filipino-German, who was once bullied, underestimated and tagged as someone with just a ‘pretty face’; emerged victorious over Malaysia’s Shikin Gomez and Vietnam’s Minh Tu Nguyen.
Though considered to be the youngest, the shortest (only 5 feet and 6 inches tall), and the contestant with less experience showed that anybody can be a winner when armed with her best assets—her determination and ambition. She was emotional when she heard her name as the victor.
Wroblewitz is the first-ever Filipina to be named with the said title defeating 12 other model-hopefuls.
Her journey in the said popular modeling search was not smooth-sailing. It was an uphill struggle as she opened up about her insecurities, saying that she tends to overthink every pose.
In one of the earlier episodes of the show, Maureen had to endure what many thought of as a form of bullying when Indonesia’s Clara Tan, labeled her as just a ‘pretty face with no skills’. Vowed to prove her doubters wrong, she went on to capture best photo for that particular shoot.
She had to fight against the notion that: “I know [the other girls are thinking] ‘Oh, she only gets lucky shots because she’s pretty.’ It’s hard because it makes you feel more insecure.”
Since her Instagram fame, where she was discovered via the said social media platform by a modeling agent when she was only 15; she moved from Germany to the Philippines to pursue a bona fide modeling career.