|Stephanie Retuya of the Philippines. -- Handout photo of Asia's Next Top Model
MANILA, Philippines -- Even if she did not get the top prize, Stephanie Retuya said she is thankful to be part of the recently concluded "Asia's Next Top Model" contest.
Retuya and Taiwan's Kate Ma lost to Jessica Amornkuldilok of Thailand in the finale of the first-ever "Asia's Next Top Model" contest aired last Sunday.
Shortly after the contest, Retuya said on her Twitter page that she is happy to have been part of the show.
"For everyone who continuously supported me on this once in a lifetime journey thank you so much!!!! God Bless Everyone!" she wrote.
She also congratulated Amornkuldilok. "Congratulations @Jessica_amorn !!! No more crying okay? :-):-):-) see you soon dear!"
In the finale of "Asia's Next Top Model", the three finalists had to shoot a TV commercial for Canon, as well as a cover for Harper's Bazaar magazine.
Although Retuya did well in the TV commercial, she had a difficult time with the magazine shoot.
The last challenge was a runway show for Singapore designer Frederick Lee, which was attended by “America’s Next Top Model” host and creator Tyra Banks.
Retuya, 23, is a part-time model and a full-time mother to a baby girl. She only started modeling about a year ago.
But her budding modeling career was interrupted when she got pregnant.
Now, she feels “that surge of desire to continue pursuing what she believes is meant for her.”
As the winner, 27-year-old Amornkuldilok gets a modeling contract covering UK and Europe with London-based Storm Models, which represents supermodels Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford. The contract also includes a three-month, all-expenses working trip to London.
She also gets a cover shoot with Harper's Bazaar magazine, a contract to become the face of Canon Ixus 2013 campaign, a cash prize of S$100,000 and a new Subaru XV.