Filipino-German model Maureen Wroblewitz could not believe that she was hailed as the winner of Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 5.
This makes her the first Filipina to win the reality-modeling competition hosted by Thai supermodel Cindy Bishop.
The 18-year-old Fil-German model shed tears of joy when she was announced as this year's winner during the viewing party held at The Palace Pool Club on Wednesday night, June 29.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Maureen expressed, "It feels just amazing! I'm so proud of myself that I'd get to be the first Filipina to win! The Philippines has never won and everyone's just waiting and hoping...
"Every year, we're so close [to winning] but we didn't make it. I'm so glad that I could fulfill their [the past Filipina contestants'] dreams. It was not only my dream, it was also their dream. I was really doing this for them, for the Philippines."
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The winner of AsNTM Cycle 5 described her whole journey on the show as "crazy."
She explained, "It has been crazy because it was really like a crazy roller coaster ride. Ups and downs, best performances, bottom two.
"It was always like I though I was going up there and I was kind of like really going down again.
"So it really is a crazy roller coaster ride for me."
PEP.ph also took the chance to ask Maureen about the bullying incident that happened on the show.
Some of the other contestants—which include's Indonesia's Clara Sutano, Malaysia's Shikin Gomez, Vietnam's Minh Tu Nguyen, and even Philippines' Jennica Sanchez—underestimated her lack of experience and questioned her modelling skills on the show
Maureen admitted, "Now I felt like, it's kind of like a sweet revenge. It's kind of like, 'Yeah, you thought I couldn't make it but I won!'
"That was really my goal to really prove them wrong that I was more than just a pretty face."
When asked what advice would she give those who went through the same experience, she said, "You should not mind them, like really don't mind them. Focus on the things you love, focus on the things you wanna do.
"Focus on positive things and people who love you, and the people who you love.
"That's just like the most important thing, just don't mind them."
At this point, Maureen thanked all of her friends, family, and especially her fans for defending her from what happened.
"I just wanna thank every single one! It was actually really crazy especially when the bullying happened.
"They were all behind my back, they were all defending me, and [those who] were all like hating.
"They're just the sweetest people, they've been sending me the sweetest messages.
"Whenever I tell like, 'Oh yeah, I'm not feeling good.' They would just be there for me.
"I don't always say this but they're like a family to me and we've grown into a big family and I'm very very thankful for them."
Maureen also thanked her mother agency, Primastella Management, for their unwavering support since she started her modelling career.
She said, "The best agency, really! They're not just an agency, they're like my family and my manager [Chinie Go] is like my mom.
"So yeah, we're a family, we're a big family!"
Now that the competition is finished, Maureen said she'd like to continue on as a model and would also be open for acting projects.
In a separate interview with the press, Maureen said, "I really want to focus on my modeling career and if there is a really good opportunity, I might also start acting.
"I'm interested if there's a really good opportunity. I really want to pursue acting and I really want to do it because I love acting.
"And then modeling is also my passion and I just really want to pursue that. Really this is my dream, to act. I want to do drama."