Model: Stephanie Retuya
Agency: Yeoh (Philippines)
Image reference: The Fashion Spot
Illustration by: Ben L. Ferrer
Since this month is the premiere of the new season of Asia’s Next Top Model, I am proud to give an illustration tribute to Stephanie Retuya, the very first Filipino contestant on the show. Being a mother did not stop her to reach her top model dreams as she represented Philippines in the first cycle of the reality show. Her performance seems to be on high and low basis but she never failed to capture the hearts and support of her Pinoy fans through her genuine personality on TV.
At the show’s finale, she finished as runner up with Kate Ma from Taiwan. However, she came back in the Philippines as a local top model and a household name. She walked Philippine Fashion Week and appeared on numerous magazine spreads. I was able to bump at her after the Vision and trends show last May 2013 during Philippine Fashion Week and good lord, she is super nice and tall. She also mingled with her fans and never hesitated to take a photo op with them.
Even after losing the title and other opportunities that may came into it, she managed to use her 15 minutes of fame in a career that she desired of and enjoying right now.
Bless the models!