For many women, pageants are merely a contest of beauty, body, and brain. But not for Maureen Montagne, who considers pageantry perhaps as a sport. In 2015, Maureen was crowned as Miss Arizona, and later competed for Miss USA. She might not have represented America in Miss Universe, but her top 15 finish was no small feat. Her journey as a beauty queen didn’t end there; today, she is Philippines’ bet in Miss Eco International 2018, and is all geared up to vie for the title next month.
But there is more to this Filipina-French model than her pageant swimsuits and long gowns. In fact, her being a beauty queen is just among her many hats. Back in high school, Maureen was a basketball varsity athlete. She also engaged herself in fitness activities such as yoga, hiking, and dancing. It came as no surprise when she triumphed as the female grand winner of the Century Tuna Superbods last year. But what makes this 25-year-old a complete package is her beauty that comes with a purpose. With a degree in Integrated Studies, Maureen’s love for culture and the arts has taken her to an endless pursuit in knowing more about the Filipino community, and be proud of it.
Despite her busy schedule, constantly participating in relevant causes like the Manila Bay and Pasig River cleanup drives, Maureen shares with MBody her summer preparations.
How have you been preparing for summer?
As a model and a host, I try my best to stay swimsuit ready all year-round, but of course life always has a way of complicating that! During the holidays and vacation, I tend to relax on my dieting and workout routine but I try to be health conscious as much as possible. To get ready for summer, I focus mainly on working out my abs and lower body. My goal is to stay lean and tight which is why I love practicing yoga, zumba, hitting the gym, and going for light jogs!
Do you follow a specific diet plan to help you achieve your goals? Tell us about it.
I pack my diet full of fruits and vegetables! Instead of eating pasta, I’ll reach for brown rice or quinoa. Whenever I crave sweets (which is super often!) I try to pick healthier options like mango sticky rice, or chocolate covered fruit so I don’t go overboard. The more natural the food, the better it is for our bodies. As a rule of thumb, I try to stay away from processed foods during the week, and indulge on the weekends in small portions.
What specific workout routines do you do the most to achieve a summer-ready body?
My favorite workouts are group activities. I love going out for hikes, light jogs, and I’m an avid yoga lover. I grew up dancing ballet, tap, and jazz for 12 years so yoga and zumba keep me limber and in tip top shape! I focus the most on my problem areas, my midsection and legs. Doing planks and sit ups really helps me keep my tummy tight. I recommend doing lunges with weights as well as jumping squats to keep the legs and core toned. It’s also important not to compare your body to other people’s body, we are all unique so just try to be the best version of yourself!
With all these summer preparations, what are your plans for the season?
I’m competing this March for Miss Eco International in Egypt! I’m so excited to represent the Philippines and I’m making sure to get my summer body now so I can feel and look my best for the months to come. I hope to spend a large portion of my summer reaching new goals in the gym and showing off my hard work on the beach and international pageant stage!
Featured image by Roc Verdera. Photo from Maureen Montagne Instagram account.
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