Not willing to fall to the ‘pretty-girl’ stereotype, Janice Tan aspires to do more in life
It has become increasingly difficult to spot potential game-changers these days- ones that have great potential in the modelling industry, and can perhaps help propel the ever-so competitive and dense industry to its peak by paving a path with their talents. This difficulty is even further made harder by the multitude of self-proclaimed models on Instagram.
However, until quite recently, we came across a gold nugget among the coal mines of the modelling industry, a teenager with a long string of impressive achievements that holds great potential in being a pioneer of the modelling scene here in Malaysia.
By the strings of fate, we chanced upon Janice Tan, a teenager who holds great potential, and managed to reach out to the Labuan-born beauty queen for an interview and short sit-down.
Janice who now resides here in Kuala Lumpur after moving from her hometown in Labuan, graced The Coverage with a private interview, which revealed many about the impressive greenhorn.
Meeting Janice for the first time, she struck to us as an absolute ‘go-getter’. Her aura of cheerfulness and touch of mysteriousness, which was apparent from just her firm yet feminine handshake, had us certain that she, was not a ‘self-proclaimed’ model like the many we see on Instagram.
The captivating diva took us aback when she revealed to us some of the many pageant titles she had under her belt, despite being just 19 years of age– more prominently, the first pageant that became her cornerstone and first stepping stone here in Malaysia.
Janice made her official debut in the industry back in 2013 when she spontaneously decided to take part in the Miss Santabella pageant while holidaying in Singapore.
After surprising herself by winning the Miss Santabella pageant, she chanced upon the Miss Mean Machines pageant in 2014, followed by other small time race queen pageants like Race Queen Malaysia 2014 and Miss Oktoberfest, and took home gold for all three pageants.
She then upsized her game and went on to Kuala Lumpur at the Miss Malaysia Earth pageant, and was crowned Miss Malaysia Eco Beauty.
However, the Malaysian-born persona had her first major win after she was approached by a talent-scout and was invited to enter an international pageant in Shanghai, the “Miss Asia Awards 2015”.
She was brought to tears in a ‘surprising’ turn of events when she was announced to be the winner.
“I was so surprised when they crowned me as the winner, I really was! There were so many other gorgeous and intelligent delegates but I managed to win. I was so grateful as it was the first international pageant I had won!”, she told our interviewer.
Janice, who turns 20 this May, is currently taking her Degree in Mass Communication at the Inti International University College Nilai.
When asked about why she chose to study the field of mass communication, she revealed that she had a great passion and interest for the entertainment industry.
“I’ve always had a great interest in the entertainment industry- and with mass communication, I can get the best of both worlds with my career passion and my current freelance modelling!” she said.
With the basic introductions out of the way, we soon broached some more personal questions- and asked the gold mine-of-a-teenager what her ideal man was.
“Well, my ideal man has got to be extremely patient, considering the fact that I easily get on people’s nerves –giggles”.
When asked about how she would prefer to be approached by men, she put strong emphasis on interested suitors that are not ‘perverted’.
“Don’t ever be perverse or act like a creep, and stay true to yourself!”
Janice also demonstrated her aptitude as an opinion leader and spoke for all women when she answered our question of “What are the types of Malaysian guys you do not like”.
“This is a relative question, but I don’t like Malaysian guys who think they’re ‘all that’, and that girls like them. They act arrogant and think women adore them. Confidence is cool, but arrogance, no. There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence.”
The beauty-queen revealed her ‘naughty’ side when she shared with us the ‘sexiest thing she’s ever done’.
“Well, I normally cook in my lingerie when nobody is at home because it’s more comfortable. There’s a window by my kitchen but I make sure no one sees me. –giggles-“
The captivating persona also gives back to society every once in a while, by taking part in charitable and volunteer work.
“I do some charity work every now and then. I used to help out at retirement homes and at animal shelters. I want to do so much more, but find it hard to do so considering the fact that I don’t have a driver’s license. My boyfriend usually drives me around. –giggles”
More than a pretty face, Janice refuses to allow her beauty to be her only admirable point. The brilliant pioneer spends her free time reading novels at home and writing.
When asked about the secret to her beauty, she poked some fun at us humorously.
“Well, I guess it’s all in my genetics- beautiful mom, handsome dad…me… -giggles-“
It goes without saying that Janice shows great promise and potential in what she does.
We send forth our best wishes to Janice and hope to see more from this brilliantly captivating teenager.
Janice’s Facebook page : Janice Tan
Also, a big thank you to New & Cozy Studio as our venue sponsor for the shoot and interview! For a great room at affordable prices, do look them up.
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