Danica Flores Magpantay, 17, wins Supermodel of the World 2011, is the first Filipina to win the title
A UP fine arts major wins the prestigious modelling competition and a $250,000 contract with Ford Models.
Ford Models’ Twitpic photo of Danica Magpantay with runners up with Lithuania (right) and Poland (left)
Danica Flores Magpantay, 17, bested models representing over 50 countries in the Ford Supermodel of the World competition on Saturday, January 22, in New York City, winning the title and a $250,000 modeling contract with Ford Models. Models from Lithuania, Poland, Brazil and Estonia were her runners-up. She is the first Filipina to win the title, after close calls in the last few years by Charo Ronquillo, who was second runner-up in 2006, and Charlene Almarvez, first runner-up in 2010.
The UP Fine Arts student is the daughter of 1990 Supermodel of the World Philippines Milagros "Lala" Flores, who also competed in the New York international finals that year and won the title "Best Smile." Flores is now one of the most sought-after makeup artists in the Philippines.
Previous Filipina contenders in the prestigious contest launched by Eileen Ford in 1980 (originally called "Face of the 80s") include Melanie Marquez (1986), Tweetie de Leon (1987), Marilen Espino (1988), Adele Go (1989), Lala Flores (1990), Cara Subijano (1991), Abbygale Arenas (1992), and Lorena Pangan (1993).