Filipina Maureen Wroblewitz was crowned winner of television reality show Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 5: Expect The Unexpected in an episode aired Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
Maureen beats Malaysia’s Shikin Gomez and Vietnam’s Minh Tu Nguyen to become the first contestant from the Philippines to win the popular modeling competition.
As a winner, the 18-year old Pinay model will take home a Subaru Impreza, a cover and fashion spread in Nylon Singapore, and a modeling contract with Storm Model Management in London.
During the competition, Maureen proved that she’s the last woman standing despite being bullied by other contestants during the show’s 8th episode which aired Wednesday night, May 24.
Indonesia’s Clara Tan, the one who initiated the bullying, said Maureen does not deserve to be in the final 6 because she has no skills. She even revealed in front of the camera: “we made a plan to tell Maureen that she’s wrong.”
“I want to compete with strong models, you only have pretty face but no skills,” she told Maureen.
Look at Maureen’s journey throughout the competition:
• my eyes disappear whenever I laugh 🙃 one of my friend's actually once asked me if I can still see when I laugh 😂 • So sad @heidingaemma had to leave this week! She's such a sweetheart 💗 • Now guys.. I really appreciate your support and all your sweet comments like I just wanna give you all a hug but please don't hate on @sanchezjennica She doesn't deserve the hate, no one does! We're cool now and that's all that matters 🙏🏽 #OnlyLoveNoHate remember? Love you guys so much 💗 @asntm #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamPhilippines
Being in the bottom 2 is really tough. I was already mentally preparing myself to leave. I started thinking about what to do when I get back home, about what to write on the board and of course I thought about how hard it would be to leave my twinsies who have really become my two older sisters in the model house. Like I was literally sleeping in their bed 😂 #TeamGoodGirls 🙌🏽 We started the competition with 3 Filipinas and now there's just one more left. Never have I thought to be in this position this early. The stress and pressure are all on me especially because a Filipina has never won this competition. This is not going to be an easy journey on becoming Asia's Next Topmodel but I'll give a 100% at all times and never give up. This is all for you guys! I'm so proud of being a Filipina and I hope you keep supporting me! You are all amazing! Dream big ❤🇵🇭 @asntm #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamPhilippines #TeamMaureen
Yayyy I was teamed up with one of my favorite sisters @veronika.twns and got called in 3rd 💓and this week I also got to prove that I'm not just a 'pretty face' . But sadly the first good girl @laylaong had to leave our room ❤ What do you guys think of today's episode? ☺️ @asntm #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #TeamIndonesia #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop #ExpectTheUnexpected
EPISODE 5: Best Photo of the Week
First my group wins the Maybelline challenge and then FCO!!! 😍What an amazing week for me!! But what's more amazing is the amount of support I'm getting from you all! 😭 I'm so blessed to have you guys! I hope I continue to make you proud 🙏🏽❤ Before winning Best Performance I actually looked at the 5th frame on the wall and jokingly told Veronika that it's going to be me because 5 is my lucky number. Crazy that my photo actually took in that spot. Hard work pays off, you just have to have faith in yourself! ❤ #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop #TeamMaureen 🇵🇭
#OnlyLoveNoHate 💗 This was definitely the toughest elimination so far! Losing Valerie was so hard! She was one of my older sisters, one of my twinsies and one of the girls I've grown so close to. Watching the elimination on TV brought back all my emotions and I literally started crying again. Valerie wanted to stay in this competition so badly and it breaks my heart to see her disappointment about leaving so soon! It was so different not having her with us in our good girls room but I can't imagine how hard it must have been for Veronika. You deserved to stay sooo much longer Val!! So much love to both of you @valerie.twns @veronika.twns ❤ What do you guys think of our Zalora Fashion Film? @clarasutantio ✨ #StyledInZalora I know I'm starting to fall behind but I'll keep on fighting and doing my best to get back to the top 🙌🏽 Thank you all so much for the love and support 💗💗💗 @asntm #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop #TeamMaureen #MaureenOnTop #TeamClara #TeamIndonesia 💓
EPISODE 8: Best Photo of the Week
Top 5 ✨This week was certainly a really tough one for me but another week proven that I'm not just a 'pretty face'. Even if I won my second Best Performance this week, I still can't be fully happy. I feel like Tu when she was FCO and Layla had to leave the competition. First Valerie, now my other twin Veronika. Who will I now be telling my stories to? 😔We used to be 3 girls sharing one bed and now I'm left alone. I'm missing the times we would watch movies together or the times we would cook for each other. At least you both are back together again @valerie.twns @veronika.twns ❤ I'll keep aiming for the top and I'll also be doing it for you two. I'm so lucky to have met both of you, my twinsies! Love and miss you both too much ❤ #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamMaureen #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop
WAIT WHAT?! BACK TO TOP 6?! 😳 At least nobody got eliminated this week and I'm happy @yshin.c got another chance ❤ I'm not really a fan of this photo but hey, I'm still in the competition and that's what matters most. In this stage of the competition I can't let my insecurities affect me anymore. I've always wanted to prove to everyone that I'm not just a 'pretty face' and I'll continue to do so but at the same time I also have to embrace it. Being 'pretty' isn't a bad thing! In fact it can be a great advantage. AND GUYS WE REACHED 200+K 😭😭 THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE AMAZING SUPPORT! LOVE YOU ALL TOO MUCH 💗💗💗 #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamMaureen #PhilippinesOnTop #TeamPhilippines
EPISODE 10 (A recap on AsNTM Cycle 5)
EPISODE 11: Best Photo of the Week
3rd Best Performance and Top 4?! 😍 I'm so close to the finale, just one more step! • I've learned a lot about myself throughout this competition. But the most important thing I've learned, is that I never give up. I'll keep fighting no matter what and I'll be doing this for all of you ❤ I also wanted to thank you all for the amazing support! You all mean the world to me! So many people have been telling me how proud they are of me and you have no idea how much those words mean to me. I hope I inspire every single one of you to go out there and do what you want to do. Don't ever give up on your dreams because other people make it seem impossible! Anything is possible! You just gotta work hard always and never doubt yourself ❤❤❤ #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #TeamPhilippines #TeamMaureen #PhilippinesOnTop
Who would've thought a 'pretty face with no skills' would fight her way to Top 3?! Tu and Shikin have been my biggest competitors from the start and it's crazy that I get to be in the top with them. We couldn't be any more diverse from looks to personality. The only thing we've got in common now, is the determination to win! Never have I expected to come this far! This makes me even more proud of all the things I've achieved during the competition. There are so many things I've learned and experienced, and now it's the last time I get to show it all. This week was very overwhelming for me. First, the really tough challenge, where I had to face my fear of heights in the most insane way and then the photoshoot where we had to create our own story. This is also where I decided to talk about my personal story, which wasn't an easy thing for me to do. After everything this week, I didn't expect to be part of the Finale. But I'm glad I am. I'm not done yet showing all I've got 💓💓💓 #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamMaureen #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop
Watch the full video replay of ASNTM5 Finale below: