“Everyone is beautiful. If you feel comfortable in your own skin, but other people don’t like it, you shouldn’t care,” says Maureen Wroblewitz, the first Filipina winner of Asia’s Next Top Model.
Maureen joined the cycle 5 of the reality television show, which gathered aspiring models from other countries in Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
On her way to the top, Maureen knew that the road to get there wouldn’t be an easy trip. Standing the shortest at 5’6 with no modelling experience prior to the competition, Maureen was a clear underdog. In fact, she was twice put at the bottom two.
In few episodes of the show, Maureen also became a subject of other contestants’ scrutiny, which many viewers deemed as a case of bullying.
“It was hard for me[…] I was pressured[…] I was in top 6 and I knew that if I left that episode, it would have been embarrassing because they’d be proven right, and I really wanted to prove them wrong,” Maureen recalls.
Maureen proved that she was indeed more than a petite girl with a pretty face. She eventually won three best photos, and even conquered her fear of heights more than once during the show during photo shoots.
Yet amidst of her conscious effort to demonstrate her worth, it almost seems innate for some people to pull others down the dumps.
“A lot of people say that I’m too skinny,” Maureen tells MBody, “but this is who I am so accept me the way I am[…] What really matters is what’s within.”
Two years after, Maureen has become a face of women empowerment.
“If there are people who hate on you, if there are people who say things about you that are not true, I work even harder to prove them wrong. That’s like the perfect motivation.”
Maureen also shares her active lifestyle that maintains her physique. The 20-year-old says that she spends roughly ten minutes each day to work out. Her routine includes arm exercises with weights, abs workout with exercise ball, squats, and cycling for cardio.
Contrary to what people might assume, the Filipino-German reveals that she doesn’t follow a strict diet.
“I really have a sweet tooth so it’s hard for me not to eat sweet at al[…] I just make sure to not eat it each day,” tells Maureen.
Maureen’s sense of independence—observed through her carefree choices of living her version of healthy lifestyle—makes her an ideal advocate for anti-bullying causes.
“Stay strong. You can go through this. Don’t mind them[…] Just focus on positive things. Surround yourself with positive people, people who love you, and try your best to not mind them because it’s not going to be forever,” Maureen ends.
Featured image from Maureen Wroblewitz Instagram: @mauwrob.
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