'Asia's Next Top Model' finalist Jodilly Pendre
MANILA – “Fashion became my transportation to greater places.”
This is what Jodilly Pendre, one of the Filipinas in the top 3 of “Asia’s Next Top Model” (AsNTM), said when asked how modelling has changed her life.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News’ Ginger Conejero, Pendre said she has always wanted to become a supermodel but she never thought of actually entering the modelling industry.
“Parang ito 'yung dream ko na na-push back kasi nung high school and elementary ako, swimming and volleyball. Pero every time nagsusulat ako ng tungkol sa akin, lagi akong nagsusulat na someday I will become a supermodel, kahit volleyball player ako,” she said.
“Hindi ko naisip na magiging model ako kasi glamorous ito. Lagi ka dapat maganda. Back in high school and elementary, tomboy ako. Tomboy hindi dahil nagkakagusto sa babae pero 'yung mga porma ko panlalaki. Hindi ako girly. For the first two years of modelling, para sa akin, ayaw ko talaga.”
But her father’s death when she was still in college pushed her to take up modelling.
“I was just forced by circumstances kasi I need to finish my studies. My father died before I graduated college so I have no choice, no one will help me. My mom is unemployed so I need to work for myself,” she added.
Now four years into modelling, Pendre said she does not regret any decision she has made because it helped her and her family in many things.
“Through modelling, napag-aral ko ang sarili ko and natulungan ko 'yung nanay ko. Natutulungan ko 'yung anak ng kuya ko, 'yung ate ko. 'Yung mga kaibigan ko natutulungan ko financially. Siyempre hindi maiiwasan na nagkakautang ako nung nag-aaral ako,” she said.
Aside from Pendre, Filipina beauty Katarina Rodriguez will also compete in the finale of “AsNTM” along with Malaysia’s Sheena Liam next week.
Asked what she thinks is the advantage of Filipina women over the other “ANTM” contestants, Pendre said: “Hindi lang 'yung Pinay beauty but siguro 'yung pagiging resilient ng Pinay. Kahit anong failures, strong pa din kami. 'Yun ang pinagkaibiga namin sa ibang contestants. 'Yung mindset namin, walang makakapigil sa amin.”
With only less than a week before the finale, the 20-year-old University of Santo Tomas graduate said she is confident she will win the competition.
“Kasi overconfident akong tao. Sa akin, it’s not bad to be overconfident as long as you live within your means, and you’re humble. Sabi ko sa sarili ko nung nag-a-audition pa lang ako, hindi lang ako makakasali, hindi lang ako magiging Top 3. Mananalo ako. 'Yun lagi ang nasa utak ko. Nung tinatawag 'yung Top 3, alam ko pasok ako doon,” she said.
The final episode of “AsNTM” will air on April 9.