To answer the question -- no, it's not because of Clara Tan's harsh assessment of her.
Maureen Wroblewitz, who won "Asia's Next Top Model" season 5, admitted that she nearly gave up on the competition when her fellow Filipina Jennica Sanchez dissed her for being "just a pretty face" early on in the show.
"That really brought me down, especially in the start and I was trying to grow more confident," Wroblewitz told "Tonight with Boy Abunda" on Thursday. "By that time, I was feeling like I wanted to give up."
"But then the next week, she actually got eliminated and that's when I knew I'm the last Filipina and now I have to fight," she added.
Wroblewitz is the first Filipina to take home the title. She defeated Malaysia's Shikin Gomez and Vietnam's Minh Tu Nguyen in the final round.
In her interview on the late night talk show, Wroblewitz opened up about her brief spat with Sanchez and said that both of them have already moved past it. She added that Sanchez has apologized to her.
Wroblewitz also discussed Tan, who underestimated her as "a model wannabe who doesn't have the skills to compete with the best."
Wroblewitz said she and Tan ended their bickering while they were still shooting the show.
She said that Tan, before the Indonesian was eliminated, told her that she deserves her spot in the finals.