Gani Ayu wins Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3; Filipina model emerges as first runner-up

by Ruel J. Mendoza
Jun 18, 2015
Indonesian model Gani Ayu (in photo) is the winner while Filipina model Monika Sta. Maria is the first runner-up of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3.


Hindi pa rin nasungkit ng Pinay sa ikatlong pagkakataon ang titulo bilang Asia’s Next Top Model.

Ang nagwagi ng titulo ay ang Indonesian model na si Gani Ayu.

Naganap ang final runway ng Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 sa Singapore last June 17 at inere ito sa StarWorld Asia.

Sa katatapos lamang na AsNTM Cycle 3, muling nag-place bilang first runner-up ang Filipina model na si Monika Sta. Maria.

Nag-place second naman ang Singaporean model na si Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw.

Ito ang ikatlong beses na maging first-runner up ang Pinay sa AsNTM. Nauna na rito sina Stephanie Retuya (cycle 1) at Jodilly Pendre (cycle 2).

Naging second placer din ang Pinay model na si Katarina Rodriguez noong cycle 2.

Bilang winner ng AsNTM, maliban sa cash prize, new car at maging face ng TRESemme sa bagong campaign nito for 2015, isang modelling contract with Storm Model Management in London ang ibibigay kay Gani.

Ang final challenge na haute couture-inspired photo shoot by Spanish fashion photographer Jean-Baptise Fort ang naging basehan ng mga judges na sina Georgina Wilson, Alex Perry, Kenneth Goh and Nathan Toth of Storm Model Management kung sino ang magwawagi sa Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3.

Lumaban hanggang sa kahuli-hulihang challenge ng AsNTM ang Philippine representative na si Monika na isang psychology graduate at dating volleyball varsity player ng De La Salle University.

Unang sumubok ang 23-year old former winner ng Century Tuna Superbods 2012 na mag-audition sa cycle 2 ng AsNTM, pero hindi siya pinalad na makasama.

Noong sumubok siya ulit for cycle 3, nakapasok siya at dalawa pang Pinay models na sina Franchesca Lagua at Amanda Chan. Pero sa bandang huli ay si Monika na lang ang natirang Pinay.

Tinawag na “reliable model” si Monika ng mga judges ng AsNTM dahil sa versatility niya sa lahat ng mga challenges at photo shoots.

Apat na beses niyang nakuha ang best photo at nakuha rin niya ang Close-Up Toothpaste ad campaign at ang Subaru brand ambassador dahil sa husay niya sa mga photo shoots nito.

Minsan lang napunta sa Bottom Two si Monika dahil hindi siya masyadong umangat sa online catalog photo shoot challenge.

Naging controversial contestant si Monika dahil nagkaroon siya ng conflict sa dalawa pang contestants from Indonesia na sina Gani Ayu at Tahlia Raji.

Ayon pa kay Monika sa naging one-on-one session niya with AsNTM host and judge Georgina Wilson: “My eyes are on the prize and not on the other girls. I’m not here to put anyone down.

“My competitiveness is just out of wanting to reach the top. I think that would be among the reasons why I rub other people the wrong way. They don’t understand the kind of competitor I am.”

In her Instagram account, Monika said about her loss: "It made me sad and disappointed after I really put my heart into giving it my all throughout the season. Coming so close to the title and placing second, of course it broke my heart that it wasn't meant to be, I did it for my dream and honestly I really did want to bring home a title to my country."

She continued: "I want you all to know that I AM MORE THAN GRATEFULL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND LOVE, this blessing is beyond what I expected from the journey I have taken. I read each and every comment and I want to say THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT FROM WHICHEVER COUNTRY YOU ARE FROM. Your belief in me keeps reminding me to continue being strong and believe in myself and keep going!

"Months after I have learned that it is okay to feel sad in times of defeat. Cry it out, accept the feeling, but most importantly stand up and know that for as long as you continue on your journey, work hard and never give up, trust that there is a greater plan for you!💗 Let us inspire each other to keep on dreaming and fighting for our goals without stepping on anyone, because it is the journey you will take and the people you will affect and meet that makes life worthwhile.
#fearless #blessedbeyondbelief #lifemotivation"

Monika signed off her letter by posting: "Off to the real world, The Dream Chaser"



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My reality: Of course It made me sad and disappointed after I really put my heart into giving it my all throughout the season. Coming so close to the title and placing second, of course it broke my heart that it wasn't meant to be, I did it for my dream and honestly I really did want to bring home a title to my country. I want you all to know that I AM MORE THAN GRATEFULL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND LOVE, this blessing is beyond what I expected from the journey I have taken. I read each and every comment and I want to say THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT FROM WHICHEVER COUNTRY YOU ARE FROM. Your belief in me keeps reminding me to continue being strong and believe in myself and keep going! Months after I have learned that it is okay to feel sad in times of defeat. Cry it out, accept the feeling, but most importantly stand up and know that for as long as you continue on your journey, work hard and never give up, trust that there is a greater plan for you!💗 Let us inspire each other to keep on dreaming and fighting for our goals without stepping on anyone, because it is the journey you will take and the people you will affect and meet that makes life worthwhile. #fearless #blessedbeyondbelief #lifemotivation Off to the real world, The Dream Chaser 💋

A photo posted by Monika Sta. Maria (@monikastamaria) onJun 17, 2015 at 8:00am PDT




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