I woke up today to great news! Danica Flores Magpantay is the FIRST Filipino to win the Ford Supermodel of the World title! And about time too!
Charo Ronquillo (image: vogue uk)
Charo Ronquillo (born 1988) is a Filipino model. Dubbed the Asian Kate Moss. She is the first in the entire 25 year history of the Ford Supermodel of the World Search selected from the far east. She was described by Bill Ford as, “that unique look from the Philippines”.
Charo Ronquillo was featured in Vogue UK’s 10 Ford Supermodel of the World competition finalists who are making it big:
“At 17 years old, Ronquillo joined and won the Supermodel of the World Philippines 2005 Search. She went on to the Supermodel World Finals 2006 in New York City and was placed third, securing a $100,000 contract with Ford Models. Since her win, Ronquillo has graced the catwalks of New York Fashion Week for designers including Lacoste, Nanette Lapore, Maria Cornejo, Tory Burch, Antonio Berardi, Kenneth Cole, Mac Cosmetics Barbie Collection, Sisley and Benetton and has secured many high-profile editorials”
Chat Almarvez stands 5’9″ is studying Business Administration at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. The 16-year-old was named the first runner-up in the recently concluded Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest which was held at Sao Paolo, Brazil last January 14, 2010.
Okay back to Danica…
I find Danica’s story interesting because not only was her sister, Daniel, in the Top 8 of the Ford Supermodel of the World Philippines 2010 contest that Danica won (Yes, they entered together!), but her mom Lala Flores also represented the Philippines in the finals of Ford Supermodels of the World 20 years ago! How amazing is that??
So proud of all these Filipina beauties!
Did you know?
These are our representatives to the Ford Supermodel of the World Finals and how they faired. Info via Style Narratives
1986: Melanie Marquez – 1st runner up & Clairol Awardee, Ford Supermodel of the World
1987: Tweety de Leon
1988: Marilen Espino
1989: Adele Go – semi-finalist, Ford Supermodel of the World
1990: Lala Flores – Crest Smile Award, Ford Supermodel of the World
1991: Cara Subijano
1992: Abbygale Arenas
1993: Lorena Pangan – semi-finalist, Ford Supermodel of the World
1999: Nina Naval
2000: Mary Joan Santos de Mesa – semi-finalist, Ford Supermodel of the World
2001: Marjay Ramirez – semi-finalist, Ford Supermodel of the World
2002: Verns Buckley
2003: Meki Saldaña
2004: Daphne Galvan
2005: Charo Ronquillo – 2nd runner up, Ford Supermodel of the World
2006: Michelle Panemanglor
2007: Emerald Villahermosa
2008: Gisselle Pacqueo – semi-finalist, Ford Supermodel of the World
2009: Charlene Almarvez- Ist runner up, Ford Supermodel of the World
2010: Danica Magpantay- Winner Ford Supermodel of the World