The Girls Who Should’ve Won The “Top Model” Title

In the midst of the on-going debate regarding the recent announcement of Sheena Liam as the winner of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2, I decided to come up with the list of the girls whom I thought should’ve won the “Top Model” title- from the original American version, the Australian franchise and ofcourse, the region-wide Asia’s Next Top Model.

Elyse Sewell [Cycle 1]

Elyse Sewell [Cycle 1]

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 1 – As much as I love Adrianne Curry, re-watching the first cycle over and over again, I’m still very much amazed how they could just let go of Elyse Sewell despite her strength as a model. They even mentioned that she’s the strongest out of the final three. Plus, she produces more amazing photos amongst the finalists. Elyse placed third over-all but for me, she’s still the star of Cycle 1.

Chantal Jones [Cycle 9]

Chantal Jones [Cycle 9]

Cycle 9 was probably one of the strongest cycles in the history of America’s Next Top Model. Contestants like Jenah, Heather, Lisa and Chantal could’ve snatch the title from its winner Saleisha Stowers who’s probably one of the most disappointing winners of the show. Jenah and Chantal could’ve had a battle of the blonds in the finale but Saleisha appeared in the pictureup in the picture and took the crown from both girls. Chantal Jones for me delivered way better than Stowers all throughout the season and should’ve won hands down! That girl was flawless!

Raina Hein [Cycle 14]

Raina Hein [Cycle 14]

Raina Hein was clearly the runaway winner of Cycle 14 from the start. She’s tall, she’s young and clearly, the face of the competition. Winner Krista White’s walk may be better but that’s just her edge over Raina – age wise, she’s also at a disadvantage. I still remember how upset I felt for Raina because it was really for her. I’m just really glad that Raina became one of the most successful girls from her cycle.

Samantha Downie [Cycle 4]

Samantha Downie [Cycle 4]

Samantha Downie from Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 despite placing third was adjudged Australia’s favourite Top Model. She was bested by runner-up Alexandra Girwood and the eventual winner – and the most controversial winner of the Australian franchise,  Demelza Reveley who bullied her fellow contestant Alamela Rowan. Samantha’s unique look received unanimous praises from the judges and her elimination photo was thought by many fans to be a “sabotaged” from the production’s part.

Jodilly Pendre [Cycle 2]

Jodilly Pendre [Cycle 2]

And finally, from the much-talked about conclusion of Asia’s Next Top Model, let me just say my piece about Sheena winning it all over Jodilly and Katarina. Since the start of the show, I’ve nothing but mostly good praises for Sheena – these are some of my critiques for her that I collated:

*Wow! Sheena is looking so luminous! I love her body movement and I love that I can still see Sheena! Like always, it’s smashing!

*Mighty Sheena is back! Thank you girl for bringing back the old you! This is smashing and you look like a tree nymph here! This is my favorite shot from the bunch! Amazing!

*Sheena’s one of my favorite girls in the competition and I just love her consistency but she’ boring me for two weeks now.

*Sheena’s getting boring and this one’s such a snoozefest!

*Sheena looking fierce yet again! I’m seeing a final four placement for this girl!

*Sheena’s style is so striking that she always manage to stand out. Not this time though

*Sheena’s one of my favorite girls in the competition, like what the judges have mentioned – she knows this is a competition!

*Now, this is fierce baby!! Go Sheena!

Sheena’s a good model but this is a modeling competition gauging the best model amongst the finalists and who’s got what it takes to make it in the real world. All of them has what it takes to make it ofcourse but basing the winner during the final runway and their body of works, it should’ve been Jodilly winning the title. ’nuff said about the issue. That was just my two cents though.

After all, despite these girls placing second or even third – the real victory will be out there. They have to chase it themselves because winning the show was just a title under their belt but it does not guarantee a great career – it’s just a jump-start. They have to work for it and with as bit of luck, they might just get that supermodel status – in time.

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Sheena Liam is the winner of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2!

Malaysian model Sheena Liam was adjudged the winner of the second cycle of the modeling reality show, Asia’s Next Top Model. Liam bested 15 other finalists for the title including  Filipino models Jodilly Pendre and Katarina Rodriguez as runners-up.

Sheena

Sheena

With her win, Sheena will be receiving a three-month contract with Storm Model Management in London, the chance to appear in a spread and on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore and Malaysia, a cash prize from FOX International Broadcast, a Subaru XV car, and the chance of becoming the new face of TRESemmé for one of their 2014 campaigns.

So there you have it folks! Sheena battled all the odds to win it all!!! Congratulations as well to our homegirls Katarina and Jodilly!

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Finale (Episode 13) – The Girl That Wins It All!

After twelve weeks, the competition is now down to three girls battling it out to be this season’s Asia’s Next Top Model. Sheena is the girl who could give you good pictures but not good enough to clinch the top spot of any shoot from the past episodes. So are we up for a mediocre finish from this driven Malaysian model or is she ready to give it all for the final show and deliver a stunning photo and topple the competition? Katarina on the other hand have shown that she’s not only the face of the competition but she could also be a threat for the title by delivering some outstanding shots that catapult her on top getting two first call-outs that ultimately led her to the finale. Is she peaking a little too late or will Katarina battle it out like there’s no tomorrow and prove to everyone that she’s really the right gal for the title? Or is it going to be fellow Filipina finalist Jodilly, whose height, runway skills and sunny personality be the formidable force that will hinder the dreams of the other two to win the coveted title? Delivering outstanding photo after another, Jodilly’s versatility did not go unnoticed in the competition by receiving two best photo award and winning some of the challenges. Will this be enough for this sweet gal from the Philippines to win it all or are we still up for more come final showdown?

Katarina placing third

Katarina placing third

Jodilly's the runner-up

Jodilly’s the runner-up

Sheena is your Asia's Next Top Model

Sheena is your Asia’s Next Top Model

 

Thank You Mary Jean Lastimosa!

A week after a “rather surprising but well received ” win of three-time joiner Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa at the annual Binibining Pilipinas, the newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines is enjoying (reaping) her reign (hard work) this early with non-stop TV appearances and interviews and much admiration from the public. Lastimosa, who previously joined in 2011 and 2012 and went home crown-less has provided pageant fans and the likes an epic story of determination and resiliency by winning the most coveted title and proving to everyone that if you have a dream, you must never give up on it despite of the many odds in reaching it.

1551512_388498167958900_892579167_n - CopyWith that, I just want to exclaim how proud I am with MJ. I’ve been a fan since her first stint in 2011 and placed her on top always because I believe that she’s got the capabilities to make us proud and this early, I truly feel it in my guts that MJ will leave an even bigger impression not only with the Filipino people but with the international audience as well. Salamat MJ sa inspirasyon! Mabuhay ka!

p.s

MJ will have her grand homecoming on April 8, 2014 at the Provincial Capitol Gymnasium in Amas, Kidapawan City.
She will also be gracing the Sayaw Kutawato 2014, one of the highlights of the Centennial Celebrations of Cotabato.

pictures via bbpilipinas

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21 Episode 12 With Tyra

Help your favorite model stay by voting for them, log in to: http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/antmvoting  And please make sure to rate each models otherwise, your votes won’t be counted.  As per the voting terms: During one of the scheduled polling periods, login to the page using an existing social network login from Facebook, Twitter, Google, or any of the other ones listed. When viewing photos in the gallery, you are given the option to rate each model on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. Once all of the models have been rated, you may submit your vote by clicking the “VOTE NOW” button underneath the photo. You must vote on each model, or else your votes will not be submitted.

This has got to be Will’s best shot but Adam’s just killing it!

pictures via cwtv.com

In Photos: The Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Winners First Press Conference!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see up-close the newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas queens as they were presented to the press people at the Balay, Araneta Center. I could say that this batch is truly something from the runners-up to each and every crowned winner. They all have their own aura that set each other apart. The event was also attended by the Queens of 2013 who gave their message of support and encouragement to the new title holders.

I wasn’t able to ask any questions because they mainly focused on the bigger media peeps. So let me just share with you some of the pictures I took from yesterday’s event.

Mary Jean "MJ" Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 lookig like a goddess!

Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 lookig like a goddess!

from L-R: Yvethe Santiago - Bb.Pilipinas - Supranationa, Kris Tiffany Janson - Bb.Pilipinas - Intercontinental, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Bb.Pilipinas - International and Parul Shah, Bb.Pilipinas-Tourism

from L-R: Yvethe Santiago – Bb.Pilipinas – Supranationa, Kris Tiffany Janson – Bb.Pilipinas – Intercontinental, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Bb.Pilipinas – International and Parul Shah, Bb.Pilipinas-Tourism

Here are the 2013 queens giving out their message of support and encouragement.

Here are the 2013 queens giving out their message of support and encouragement.

The 2014 Queens With reigning Miss International Bea Santiago and Miss Supranational Mutya Datul

The 2014 Queens With reigning Miss International Bea Santiago and Miss Supranational Mutya Datul

A The Queens With Bea And Mutya

I've seen second runner up Hannah Ruth Sison  several times now and I now wished that she style herself like this! What a beauty!

I’ve seen second runner up Hannah Ruth Sison several times now and I now wished that she style herself like this! What a beauty!

Yours truly with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago

Yours truly with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago

With Bb.Pilipinas Universe 1985 Joyce Burton and top pageant blogger Norman Tinio

With Bb.Pilipinas Universe 1985 Joyce Burton and top pageant blogger Norman Tinio

Ms. Joyce Burton is the beauty queen cum blogger behind Adventures Of A Beauty Queen while Norman Tinio’s the pageant guru running Norman’s Blog! #IFeelSoLucky

speaking of Guru, here with me now is none other than the "creme of the crop," "utmost" beauty queen maker - Mr. Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores!!!!

speaking of Guru, here with me now is none other than the “creme of the crop,” “utmost” beauty queen maker – Mr. Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores!!!!

The Kagandahang Flores Queens with their mentor Mr. Rodgil Flores

The Kagandahang Flores Queens with their mentor Mr. Rodgil Flores

girls: is it over yet? nope darlings, it's just starting! lol

girls: is it over yet? nope darlings, it’s just starting! lol

With the TV Press

With the TV Press

snippets: Ara Arida and Mutya Datul

snippets: Ara Arida and Mutya Datul

sidenotes: Mutya Datul signing autograph and her fascinating crown!

sidenotes: Mutya Datul signing autograph and her fascinating crown!

I have a feeling that this batch will even be more successful than their predecessor! Goodluck girls! Mabuhay kayong lahat!

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 12 – Harper’s Bazaar Shoot

Four girls are still in the competition and this time, it’s anybody’s ballgame. Malaysian girl Sheena is still very much alive after a top finish last episode wanting to prove herself. Japanese Marie on the other hand is still trying to stay afloat despite steep competition. Meanwhile, the two aspiring top model from the Philippines – Jodilly and Katarina – are on a roll, keeping it strong in the hopes of becoming Asia’s Next Top Model.

Katarina

Katarina

This is no doubt Katja’s best shot to date – as in EVER! I’m just glad that she peaked at the right time. This is really smashing and I could totally see this in any fashion magazine! Her left fingers are just a bit weird but overall, I love how dynamic her shot was!

Jodilly

Jodilly

Wow! Jodillycious! This is Jodilly showing her sensual side and those legs are just never-ending! She’s totally selling the dress and those shoes! Work it girl!

Sheena

Sheena

I do not like this shot at all. I like Sheena as a model but this isn’t just working for me. I thought the styling doesn’t suit her and the posing was just awkward. She could’ve given more.

Marie

Marie

I love the dynamic of Marie’s photo but I’m not sold by her body movements which looks a bit awkward that it’s almost stiff.

First Call Out: Katarina
2nd: Jodilly
Bottom Two: Sheena & Marie
Eliminated: Marie

So with the judges decision to let go of Marie, the finale was set witj Katarina, Jodilly and Sheena to battle it out for the ultimate prize. So who’s it going to be?

via Asia’s Next Top Model

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 11 – Untelevised

Best Photo Week 2During the second week when Nicole ultimately went on top!

As per Asia’s Next Top Model official statement: Due to the recent events surrounding flight MH370 and out of respect and sensitivity for those affected, this episode of #AsNTM2 was not televised as it was filmed in collaboration with Malaysia Airlines. Please enjoy the following episode, which has been edited to ensure continuity.

Here’s that edited episode

I’m actually quite shock that Nicole actually got the boot. I thought out of the remaining girls, she along with Jodilly were the strongest model in the house. In the recap you can see that Cycle 1 winner Jessica Amornkuldilok visited them and gave them some tips on walking the runway. Anyhow, I think it was a wise and quite sensible for them not to televise the whole thing.

Call Out Order
1. Sheena
2. Jodilly
3. Marie
Bottom 2: Katarina and Nicole
Eliminated: Nicole

Goodbye Dear Nicole!

Throwback Thursday : 2011 Binibining Pilipinas – The Crowned Ones!

Throwback Thursday 2011 Bbp Winners

Who would’ve thought that the day would come that each one of these girls are all going to be Binibining Pilipinas crowned queens? Ofcourse the three are already winners from this batch, (Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup, Binibining Pilipinas International Diane Necio and Binibining Pilipinas Tourism Isabela Manjon) then a year later, Janine Tugonon (1st runner-up) was crowned Miss Universe Philippines whereas the 2nd runner-up Mary Jean Lastimosa who also participated went home empty handed. This year though, it’s still very fresh to us since it just happened last Sunday when Lastimosa finally grabbed the Miss Universe Philippines title. What a beautiful batch indeed because all of ‘em are winners!