Looks-wise, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon is no Venus Raj or Shamcey Supsup. In fact, her face is atypical of how our Miss Universe representatives looked like ever since Zorayda Andam in 2001. If at any, her mold is more leaned towards a Miriam Quiambao with strains of Nina Ricci Alagao in some ways. And it is for this reason that she stands out among the beauties of Miss Universe 2012 instead of conveniently “blending in”.
A couple of days back, I remember what the people from Chi commented about her register in front of the camera – Janine has a perfect face. I’m pretty sure the impression was based on how photographers/creative experts size up their subjects’ facial features and not the way a regular pageant enthusiast would be quickly enamored by a string of random photogenic snap shots. However which you look at it, every single candidate in this year’s roster has an ace or two up their sleeves – be it the face, body, personality or all.
At the end of the day, someone who stands out will always be better than the next lady who simply fits the look profile of the majority. Janine could be one of the former. She may not shoot to the top of an armchair judge’s rankings, but she will most likely be remembered (country-associated, if you will) more easily than a group of ladies who all look alike. 😉