Unshaken, Janine Tugonon tells Elle: "I want Victoria's Secret."

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Janine Tugonon was featured in Elle magazine and Teen Vogue.


After landing a spot in the Victoria's Secret Pink ad last September, Filipinos have been keeping watch on former beauty queen Janine Tugonon's bustling model career.

READ: LOOK: Janine Tugonon appears on Victoria??s Secret Pink latest ad

This inspired the Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up to aim higher: become a Victoria's Secret Angel, a much coveted title in the modeling industry.

Unfortunately, she didn't make the cut.

Janine nonetheless caught the attention of fashion magazines Elle and Teen Vogue.

READ: Janine Tugonon fails to secure a slot at Victoria??s Secret fashion show

In an interview with Elle, Janine recalled her first dream which was to become a pharmacist.

When the world of beauty queens beckoned her to join the circle, the then college student at University of Santo Tomas had no idea what was going to happen.

"Growing up, I knew about models, I knew about beauty queens.

"I've seen bits and pieces, billboards and TV shows of former Filipino beauty queens, but I didn't know there was a career in that," Janine told the magazine.

"I was ready to be a pharmacist and in your head that is your plan: You graduate, you work, get a family. Maybe go abroad and earn more money.

"But I felt like I was meant to take a different route."

Winning Miss Universe Philippines 2012 was the catalyst, and it led her to Las Vegas where the grand coronation was held.

Although she finished first runner-up, it got her thinking about the opportunities and challenges that laid ahead of her.

Hence, in 2013, Janine moved to Los Angeles to study and, eventually, do some modeling.

Fast forward to August 2016, she moved to New York.

Janine found herself in a sea of blondes, brunettes, and blue-eyed statuesque women.

"I think about that all the time because being from a different country with a different look, it's just hard.

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"It's hard to get in that role when you're in the minority.

"Of course they wouldn't cast as many that look like this as opposed to blondes. It's how it is. It's how the business is, but you got to keep going with it.

"Complaining is a waste of time."

So even after failing to make it to this year's Victoria's Secret Angel runway, her eyes are still on the prize.

"Of course, you still want to get there. I really want huge campaigns. Or billboards in Times Square, that level.

"I want Victoria's Secret. Runway shows.

"For me, I believe that each and every one of us has a purpose. It's just finding and knowing that purpose.

"You don't have to do what everyone is doing. You don't have to chase money or fame. You just have to find that one thing that you think you are really made to do.

"Never compare your path or route to others. You just go through your lane and keep running in your lane."

Read the full feature on Elle.com here and TeenVogue.com here.


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