Four years after she finished first runner-up in the prestigious Miss Universe pageant, Janine Tugonon is again making headlines for winning another global competition.
This time, Janine was selected as one of the 12 models for Nu Muses, a nude calendar project by Treats!, a U.S.-based limited-edition erotica and fine arts magazine.
With the aim of “redefining nudity as fine art,” Treats! founder Steve Shaw and Victoria’s Secret photographer David Bellemere got together to invite models from around the world to apply for a chance to be photographed naked.
“The mission of Nu Muses is to celebrate the forgotten art of the classic nude, to capture the elegance and romance of the female form, worthy of gracing fine art galleries and walls,” noted the Nu Muses website.
As reported by AskMen.com, hundreds of applications were filed after the search was first announced. One hundred models were initially selected, then the list was further trimmed down to 30 as determined by social media voters.
According to Nu Muses, Janine, along with 11 others, were “selected by a panel of judges and through social voting for their inspiring, timeless beauty, both inside and out.”
“I thought I did really bad during the testshoot/final casting since i was having a bad day that day But got the call from my agent few days after and it was AMAZING!!! Thank you so much@numuses for including me,” Janine posted on her Instagram page on Friday shortly after the announcement.
Aside from the nude photoshoot with Bellemere at an exclusive location (which AskMen.com reported to be Casa Kimball in the Dominican Republic), all the 12 models will receive $10,000 each.
They will also be flown to Miami for the VIP launch event at Art Basel covered by major press outlets. The models will be featured in the December issue of Treats! with the chance to grace the cover of the magazine. The project will also be the subjects of a documentary to be shown on one of the largest TV networks in the USA and distributed worldwide.
In her profile posted at the Nu Muses site, the 26-year-old licensed pharmacist from Orion, Bataan answered three questions that helped determine her selection for the nude calendar.
“I flew to the US from Philippines with a DREAM. I wanted to AIM HIGHER. to be globally known and excellent in this industry (modeling and acting). Being in this calendar is a huge opportunity to showcase my beauty and personality, a great exposure for me and hopefully will be the beginning of a long lasting successful career in this field I’m very passionate about. Hope I’ll be given the chance. Thank you,” she said in explaining why she wanted to be in the calendar.
Asked why she considers herself a timeless beauty, Janine said it’s because of “the kindness, the confidence, the strong personality, mindset and perspectives I have inside of me. My aura is reflected by what’s within me. And that is timeless, the complete package (mind, face, personality) I can give and show from the inside.”
As for nudity, she said, “Nudity for me is ART [in] its purest form. It is the bare, the untouched and the raw beauty that a woman can showcase and be proud of.”
Prior to her selection, Janine, now a sought-after model in the U.S., was cast in a television commercial for Victoria’s Secret Pink line for college women.