Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon is doing good as a model in the US.
Janine (2nd from right) during one of her modeling gigs
After placing 1st Runner-Up to Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, Janine Tugonon made the quick resolve to explore all the possible career opportunities in the US waiting for her. Doors have opened after the 2nd place finish. And Designer Sherri Hill was one of those who facilitated her entry into the world of fashion modeling, followed by a string of breaks as a print/photographic model. She never got idle for long and got bookings even before she would finish one. Credit goes to her beautiful exotic face that never goes unnoticed.
Janine with her close friends in New York
It helps a lot that Janine is a smart and hardworking girl. She knows how to network and market herself to potential upcoming designers. By now, she must have already shown up in a wide assortment of go-sees and landed gigs in a good number. She is still yearning to penetrate the all-important runways during New York Fashion Week. But who knows? We might get to see her doing the ramp for one of the famous names in the industry one of these days.
Keep doing what you do best, Janine. We’re just here to herald all your future achievements there. :-)
courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas (Official)
From the mail, I just received a message alert from YouTube. Interesting that the online channel of Bb. Pilipinas Official uploaded a 2 minute 38 seconds long video piecing together the swimsuit and evening gown presentations of Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Arida in their respective Miss Universe participations. Most of you might have already seen a similar clip comparing the three, but this one should give us a clearer segue of the three ladies. Or it could also be a way of preparing local pageant fans on how Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa could be trained. Will her style be a combination of all three? ;-)
What are the chances of a back-to-back win for USA?
The sisterhood of back-to-back country victories in the history of Miss Universe is such a lonely group with only one member, Venezuela (courtesy of Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez back in 2008 and 2009). And if we adjust a bit and include those who won and skipped only one year before winning another (Maritza Sayalero in 1979 and Irene Saez in 1981) , the member will remain the same, Venezuela.
So will Erin Brady make history by winning Miss Universe 2013 and cuddling up with Olivia Culpo as only the second back-to-back country victors of the title? I have my reasonable doubts of that even happening. And certainly not in host city Moscow. While Miss USA is most qualified to come out #1 on November 9, chances are that the judges will gaze around different continents this year. Any place except North America or the US of A for that matter. It’s going to be bad for business if Donald Trump allows something like that to happen in this edition.
And how far do you think she will place? Well, your guess is as good as mine. ;-)
It's on this coming November 4, 9PM MSK
Miss Universe 2013 is introducing something new this year. It’s called “A Moment with Olivia Culpo”, a question-and-answer online activity with the reigning titleholder, much like a live chat. If there is a question or two you are itching to ask, then here’s your chance to go into Oksana Boyko mode and get her cornered.
It’s all happening in the pageant’s website this coming Monday, November 4 at 9:00PM MSK (Moscow Standard Time) or 1:00AM of November 5 for those in the Philippines.
Here’s a sample question I just might want to ask: Truthfully, what was running inside your head at that precise moment when it was only you and Janine Tugonon of the Philippines left standing before Miss Universe 2012 was announced? ;-)
courtesy of OfficialMissUniverse
courtesy of OfficialMissUniverse
In varying ETAs (estimated times of arrival), the 86 (eighty-six) anticipated delegates of Miss Universe 2013 will start arriving in Moscow to begin their individual missions with one common end goal: to become the successor of Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo.
Let’s see who will grab the initial flashes of interest and who will show fierceness right from the beginning.
Of course, I’m also interested in knowing who the roommate of Miss Philippines Ariella Arida (expected to fly in early in the evening) will be. I heard that Miss USA Erin Brady will be rooming with Miss Australia Olivia Wells (just like last year in Vegas). Do they always have to be placed together?
Anyways, the level of excitement is starting to heat up! :-)
court3sy of jojacob75
The last two women standing of MU2012, Janine (left) and Olivia.
Just before the Official Send-Off of Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida happening later in the day, let’s backtrack a bit and watch the performance of Janine Tugonon during last year’s pageant when she came soooo close to winning the country’s 3rd Miss Universe crown.
Olivia managed to keep her poise during the slow-burning one-on-one.
When Russian reporter Oksana Boyko got the chance to interview Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo for the bi-weekly debate show Worlds Apart, little did the American titleholder realize that she was on to something much more challenging than she originally expected the one-on-one to be. It was like a beauty expose’ that literally placed her on the hot seat. Good thing she managed to keep her calm and composure all throughout.
Can you imagine how Donald Trump would have answered the same questions? And with the interviewer constantly butting in? ;-)
courtesy of WorldsApart
In preparation for Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, reigning titleholder Olivia Culpo did a final photoshoot for the pageant’s program book. She was at her sexiest and most appealing in the video below. It’s much like saving the best for the last shots. ;-)
courtesy of OfficialMissUniverse
By the way, the banner at the top of this post (courtesy of Miss Universe Org.) will be a permanent fixture in all my MU2013 posts. Get used to it. ;-)
MU2012 Olivia Culpo filming in Moscow
And so, we have a first glimpse of Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo taping a promotional material in Moscow itself for the upcoming Miss Universe 2013 to be hosted by the Russian capital.
From hereon now, expect to see and hear more of the latest about the most highly-anticipated beauty pageant of the year. It’s past mid-September and in only a little over three weeks’ time, the beautiful delegates for this year’s edition will start departing for the host city to begin their respective conquests for the crown everyone wants to get a hold on.
I can already hear Olivia shouting in Russian.
“Добро пожаловать в Москву!” (Welcome to Moscow!) :-)
Remember the slip of Miss Universe Guyana Ruqayyah Boyer during the Evening Gown Preliminaries last December in Las Vegas? Watch the video below to refresh your memory.
courtesy of Ruqayyah Boyer
Fast forward to August 2013 where the same lady is now Guyana’s representative to Miss World 2013.
Look at her now.
The new Ruqayyah Boyer
Let’s see how far this lady will go in MW2013. The Indonesians seem to have a growing fondness for her. ;-)