WATCH: Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman On Her Advice For Anyone Who Has A Dream
As Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018, it's easy to think that Filipino-Australian beauty Karen Gallman's dreams have all come true. But the truth is, she's only gone one half of the way, and the next leg of the journey is where all her queenly qualities will be put to the test. The Philippines has yet to see its first Miss Intercontinental crown brought home, and this year, the responsibility rests on this Bohol-born 25-year-old.
While Karen has yet to fully realize her dreams, no one doubts that she's well-equipped to make each and every one of them come true: beginning with giving her country its first Miss Intercontinental win.
To illustrate why we believe that Karen has what it takes, check out what she has to say about her most meaningful experiences to date:
On learning how to become independent: "My dad fought in WWII in Australia. He was quite tough, very strict, but at the same time very loving as well. At the age of 15, I moved to the Philippines by myself, of course with my parents’ blessings, because I wanted to pursue modeling and acting. I was here, literally without parents, so at that age I was alone and learned to be really independent. Sanay na ako."
On the truth behind pageant training: "I trained at Kagandahan Flores. We did the catwalk; we trained every day for one to two months. We also had Q&A training, personality development, hair and makeup, and on the side, we had to find time to work out. Not many people see that. They think it’s all glitz and glamour and easy. But you really train for months on end for a 10-second show."
On dealing with expectations: "I guess the most difficult part is the expectations from people, because it’s my second time around. A lot of people expected more, but I didn’t let that get to me. Inisip ko na lang, 'I’ll do my best; si God na bahala.' All you can do is do your best, and the decision is from the judges, so I just let it go."
On making education her advocacy: "Comparing and contrasting [Bohol and Australia], makikita mo talaga the difference and lack of quality in resources and the teaching materials. That’s something I really want to focus on and make a difference in, and hopefully change that in a way."
On learning from her Binibini Q&A experience: "It’s not what I expected, so I got rattled. With Miss Intercontinental, you still have to prepare for the Q&A, since you never know what questions will be thrown at you. We always have to be prepared, on top of current affairs, reading, studying, and listening to the news. I definitely have to train for Q&A and public speaking."
On handling critics: "Don’t take it personally. The opinions of others don’t matter; the opinions of the people you love are what’s important. Sometimes they just sit there and comment for the sake of commenting. It’s important not to take it too hard. Let it be."
Photos from @karen_gallman
Produced by Grace Libero-Cruz
Photography by Rxandy Capinpin
Creative direction by Chookie Cruz
Styling by Stylized Studio – Danae Dizon, Patrick Perez, Joy Bernardo, Steven Coralde, Aina Ampil, and Aia Tabuzo
Makeup by Anthea Bueno
Hairstyling by Donald Lapez for Revlon Professional Brands
Shoot assistants: Jovi Figueroa, Mariel Abanes, and James Mangile
Special thanks to Gines Enriquez, Ivan de Lara, Terry Dy of Café Amazon, and Stephen Capuchino
Shot on location at Zoomburst Studios