"Top Model" winner Wroblewitz: Ignore the bullies, focus on the positive

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) — Asia's Next Top Model winner Maureen Wroblewitz's advice to those who have experienced bullying: Ignore them.

"You shouldn't mind them at all," Wroblewitz, 18, told CNN Philippines' The Source in an interview aired Friday.

"You should focus on the positive things and the good things and the people you love and who love you and that's the most important thing," said the model, who became the first Filipina to win the season 5 of the reality television show on June 28.

She was the youngest — and, standing at 5"6, the shortest — of the lineup.

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Wroblewitz was bullied on the show, first by compatriot Jennica Sanchez. There were three Filipinas vying for the win in the reality show.

Later on, Indonesian bet Clara Tan told her she did not deserve to be in the Top 6, saying she just had a "pretty face but no skills." Other contestants, Shikin Gomez from Malaysia and Minh Tu Nguyen from Vietnam, stood by Tan.

Although the tension got her down at first, Wroblewitz said she gathered her resolve.

"I was the girl with the least experience so I was thinking like maybe it's true, maybe I shouldn't have been here, and that's when i started doubting myself," she said.

"But then after the second Filipina left, I was like, okay, no. I have to stay here and I have to fight," she added, referring to Sanchez's elimination.

Wroblewitz was intimidated but she followed the advice of one of the show's hosts Cindy Bishop to trust her instincts and her poses.

The Pinay model saw her inexperience as an advantage because it made her open to criticism and new techniques from her mentors.

"I really learned that I can be really strong as a person and as a model. And I learned that you really have to believe in yourself for other people to believe in you," said Wroblewitz.

Wroblewitz later made up with her other competitors, and went on to the Top 3 with Gomez and Nguyen.

"With Clara, we're actually friends... Sometimes she doesn't mean it that way," said Wroblewitz.

She's not that close to fellow Pinay Sanchez. "I didn't get to spend that much time with her, but we're cool."

Wroblewitz said she is open to  modelling projects in the Philippines, and is entertaining the idea of dabbling in acting and business.