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Curiosity brought Danica Magpantay to the modeling industry.

She is hailed as the first Filipina to become Ford Supermodel of the World.

The 19-year-old did not really intend to follow the footsteps of her mother, popular makeup artist and former supermodel Lala Flores.

When she joined the Ford modelling contest, she just wanted to know how it feels like to be in the competition.

"Tinitingnan ko sila, sabi ko, 'Ano kaya ang feeling nila?'

"Being part of the industry, nananalo sila ng 19 pa lang. Iniisip ko talaga, 'Ano kaya ang feeling nila?'" Danica told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other selected media at the pocket press conference for her latest Globe Tattoo @ Home endorsement.

When her name was called out as winner of the Ford Supermodel of the World, Danica was "masaya, pero blank."

It also took a while for the young Pinay model to inform her mom about her achievement because she didn't know what to say.

Danica narrated, "I called her afterwards. Nag-lunch kami with the past Ford [winners]. Tumawag ako, sasabihin ko na dapat na nanalo ako, pero ang sinabi ko, 'Can you call?'

"Tumawag sila, e, mabiro talaga ako, sinabi ko, 'Mommy, I got a place.'

"My mom was parang, 'What place?'

"Naisip ko talaga na, 'Ay, disappointed pa sila na place lang ang sinabi ko.'

"Sabi ko, 'Winner, mommy.'

"[Sabi ni mommy], 'Huwag kang magbibiro ng ganyan, hindi maganda ang ganyang biro.'

Danica did not only make Filipinos proud, she also brought happiness to her family, especially her mother.