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. [caption id="attachment_9900" align="aligncenter" width="751"] A gold mine of potential, Janice Tan at the Miss Asia Awards 2015[/caption] 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.
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