MANILA – Socialite Mai Mai Cojuangco has been often dubbed as Manila’s true “It girl” because of her beauty, style, and lineage.
While she finds the tag flattering, Cojuangco said she would rather not be considered one.
Instead, she wants to be recognized for her achievements and hard work.
“I like saying that ‘It girldom’ is simply winning the genetic lottery,” she said in an interview with Preview.ph published Sunday. “There’s no real value to it, except that it is flattering up to a certain point.”
“I’d rather much be called the same way as the people I admire – a successful entrepreneur, leader, philanthropist, musician – simply because ‘It girl’ is pure flattery, cute and fun… but that’s it. It would be a mistake and totally unhealthy to give too much weight to that,” she added.
Cojuangco is the daughter of politician and philanthropist Tingting Cojuangco, who was previously included in Harper’s Bazaar’s 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World.
She is also the sister of Mikee Cojuangco, a former actress and model.
In 2014, Esquire Philippines described Cojuangco as “the image of poise, class, and elegance.”