Asia's Next Top Model alumna Jodilly Pendre on what it takes to become a top model

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Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 2 runner-up Jodilly Pendre on making it big in the modelling industry: "It entails real hard work and intense effort."


Jodilly Pendre is probably one of the most successful alumnae of Asia's Next Top Model.

After her 1st runner-up finish at the reality-modelling competition's second edition in 2014, the 24-year-old model has become the face of several local brands and graced the covers of fashion magazines.

She has also walked the runway here and abroad—from Dubai to Japan to Canada, among many others.

From an aspiring model, Jodilly has come full circle as she is now a model-mentor to up-and-coming models in the country.

This Saturday, November 11, she will start the second season of her runway workshop.

"This is my freshman year in teaching, I held the first session last July," Jodilly told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an e-mail exchange on Tuesday, November 7.

She continued, "I wanted to share what I’ve learned so far to other aspiring models since it has always been my passion to inspire others."

The former Asia's Next Top Model finalist described becoming a model-mentor as a "humbling experience."

Jodilly explained, "These young models are looking up to me for guidance, and I am determined to impart to them knowledge and techniques as much as I can.

"I don’t want to disappoint them or usher them out into the modeling world feeling that they lack something they could have learned from me.

"I believe it won't be hard for anyone to do something they love."

Modeling is such a cut-throat and competitive industry.

The more skilled and knowledgeable you are about the industry makes it easier for you to achieve great success in it.

Jodilly advised, "You need to be determined and focused on your goal.

"But such mindset needs to be accompanied with hard work and people skills.

"Above all, you need to stay grounded even when your career starts to take off. 

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"I think these qualities apply to any field."

She added, "Modeling is not a glamorous job. It entails real hard work and intense effort.

"But it doesn’t feel difficult if you do it with love and out of love. Stay hungry and passionate."

Though she already crossed mentoring off her bucket list, Jodilly admitted that she still has a lot to learn and achieve.

"I like to set personal goals and tick them off one by one. That said, I don’t stop completely once I’ve achieved them all.

"Life is a process of improving yourself and learning. This helps you grow as a better person in time."


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