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EXCLUSIVE: Maureen Wroblewitz, From Being A Top Model And Host To Venturing Into Pageantry And Acting

The model, host, and now Miss Universe Philippines 2021 candidate and rising actress talks about her journey, what she’s advocating for, and the beauty queen she looks up to

“Until now, it still kind of feels like a dream,” Maureen Wroblewitz says over Zoom, her bright smile lighting up her features. Just this week, the model, host, and now up-and-coming beauty queen was among those who topped both the Headshot and Video Introduction Challenges of Miss Universe Philippines 2021, landing a spot in the Top 75


She took to Instagram to announce the happy news, thanking her glam team and her supporters for making it happen. “We made it,” she exclaimed. “Thank you so much for helping me get to the Top 75!”


Maureen, who took the modeling industry by storm after winning  the fifth season of Asia’s Next Top Model in 2017, hadn’t heard of pageants before she moved to the Philippines. Now, she looks up to Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, who was also a judge in Asia’s Next Top Model


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“I got really inspired by her journey,” Maureen says. “I admire her perseverance. And even though she didn’t make it the first two times, she did not give up and she continued one more time and that was really her time and her destiny. She really, really was able to overcome everything. And that is truly inspiring.”


The daughter of a Filipino mother and a German father, Maureen was raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, then moved to Germany after her mother passed away from breast cancer. When she turned 15, she moved to the Philippines to pursue modeling, and everywhere she went, she was always asked if she would consider joining pageants.


“My answer was always the same,” Maureen explains, “that I’m not closing any doors, but it’s not my focus right now. And I guess every time I did watch Miss Universe, I would get excited for a while and thinking I might be able to do this as well in the future.”


And that future is here—at 23, Maureen is an instant crowd favorite, and she is determined to show the world who she is, exactly: a simple girl with a kind heart. 


But, as it is with every profession that requires being in the spotlight, it’s not always easy for Maureen, especially when it comes to bashers and negativity. Fortunately for her, she is able to transform that energy into something that makes her stronger and more well-equipped; into something that can help her in this journey she’s embarking on.


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“It is being in that spotlight,” she says, explaining how modeling and hosting have helped her with this experience. “Having experienced bashers and negative people because they will always affect you. And I think if you’re starting out in the industry, that is one thing that you need to get used to: the hate, and that not everyone is going to like you.”


Her time as a model in a profession where visuals dominate everything else has helped her fully embrace herself, too. “Being a model has really helped me embrace who I am, even though I have—or had—lots of insecurities,” Maureen tells Metro.Style. Beyond this, Maureen also has her manager, Chinie Go, to thank.


Almost like a second mom to her, Maureen says, Chinie has been instrumental in shaping Maureen’s defense mechanism especially when it comes to negative or harsh comments—something that public figures face frequently. 


“She’s always the one reminding me to really focus on myself, on my journey,” Maureen shares. “And those comments, if they don’t matter, they don’t. Because they’re people who do not know anything about you. They’ve only heard of you, but they know nothing about you. And so those comments, those mean comments, they shouldn’t matter. And she’s always told me to focus on myself and to really embrace who I am.”


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This journey to self-actualization is something that Maureen holds dear. When all is said and done, she wants to be known for something simple: “I always just want to be known for being me,” she says. And a big part of what makes Maureen is her advocacy: breast cancer awareness, considering her mom’s eight-year battle with the disease. 


“I just want to spread the message that early detection is your best protection, and that breast cancer is the number one cancer in the Philippines and in the world, and that just being a woman is a risk,” she says. “A lot of women don’t know how common it actually is.”


And even outside of pageantry, Maureen’s star is rising. Just this past June, Maureen was officially launched as a Star Magic artist. Next month, her first-ever film, Runaway, is set to premiere on Upstream. 



“Acting has been my passion ever since,” Maureen shares. “It’s the one thing that I realized was the very first thing that I wanted to do as a child. I never admitted it to anyone, but I knew that it was something that I was really passionate about. And when I got to explore it, I learned that it’s really something that I want to continue doing.”


That’s Maureen: multi-talented, persevering, and hardworking. She tends to describe herself with her “three favorite words”—“weird, clumsy, awkward”—and it’s something that she’s fully embraced as well. “That is who I am. And that is something that I really embraced. Because it makes me unique, in my own way.”


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