KLEA Pineda, one of the contestants at the 11th Asian Super Model Contest, did not get crown but she won the hearts of the audience who watched the competition at the Imperial Pacific Saipan on Saturday.
The 18-year old Pineda, who won the Best Photogenic award, vied with 26 other Asian young aspiring model. She was the lone representative of the Philippines.
Back home, Pineda is an actress. She is an exclusive talent for GMA-7, one of the major networks in the Philippines.
The audience was screaming and applauding whenever they see Pineda doing the catwalk during the competition.
“It was really a heartwarming to see the support of my fellow Filipino here. It is my first time to join in an international competition,” she said in a later interview.
Though she did not get the crown, she said she was still happy knowing that she has many supporters here.
“It’s okay if I didn’t win. What I am trying to get is an experience – like how to deal with other contestants of different nationalities and what it feels like to be in an international competition,” she said.
Pineda left for the Philippines a day After the competition.
She said as soon as gets back home, she will start training for the Bb. Pilipinas.
Bb. Pilipinas is a beauty pageant competition in the Philippines. Bb. Pilipinas winners will get to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe, Miss World, and other international beauty contests.
Standing at 5’7, Pineda was able to join the 11th Asian Super Model Contest through invitation.
GMA-7 talent manager Vic Del Rosario said they got an invitation from China Bentley, organizer of the event.
“We chose Klea and Koreen Medina because they got the height, good posture, and they have the Filipina beauty. They were perfect to represent the Philippines,” he said.
Pineda has to compete alone because Medina was unable to travel because she lost her passport.
Del Rosario said it is the fifth time that the Philippines joined in the competition.
“We joined from 2008 to 2011. This year, we were invited again to join. (RONDA Balita Online News)