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Janine Tugonon conquers a much bigger world!

Janine went from perfect school girl to high fashion model!

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11/5/2016 in News
Janine Tugonon conquers a much bigger world!

By Regina Tabora

Everyone knows who Janine Tugonon is.

From her iconic “cobra walk” during the Miss Universe competition in 2012 and the slew of admirers she keeps on getting (remember when The Script frontman Donny O’Donoghue flirted with her online?), the beauty queen is a force to be reckoned with.

Now she’s making even more waves in the international modelling scene.

The Miss Universe runner up recently had an interview with Elle magazine and explained how her goals and dreams have changed over the years, from studying pharmacy, to joining pageants, to being a model.

“I was ready to be a pharmacist and in your head that is your plan: You graduate, you work, get a family,” she said. “But I felt like I was meant to take a different route.”

And a different route she did take. She started joining pageants and was crowned Miss Pharmacy and Miss Thomasian Personality at the University of Santo Tomas in 2010.

Afterwards, she was crowned Miss Universe-Philippines in 2012 and eventually placed as the first runner-up to the competition.

But ever since she joined Miss Universe pageant and went to the States, she started wondering what the next step is. The world is bigger, Janine realized, and there’s so much that she can still do.

“I love new challenges and I wanted to really, really try it in the U.S. I love my country, obviously, but some people are just meant to fly away. I feel like I'm one of those people who are really meant to go out and try something else,” she said.

And she really did try something else. In 2013, she flew to Los Angeles and took acting lessons. This year, she moved to New York City to try out for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

“I really risked it,” she shared. “For me, it's really uncertain going into modeling and blending into this culture where there are a lot of models that are blondes with blue eyes. It's tough, but I'm like, Let's do that route, because that's what I wanted. Let's just take the risk, let's do it.”

And the risk paid off, because last August, she starred in a Victoria’s Secret Pink commercial.

Janine is happy of course, but she still wants to achieve so much more.

“I really want huge campaigns. Or billboards in Times Square–that level. I want Victoria's Secret. Runway shows… Never compare your path or route to others. You just go through your lane and keep running in your lane,” she said.

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