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From beauty queens to artistas




The long list of beauty queens-turned-actors is going to have new additions. Following in the footsteps of Precious Lara Quigaman and Melanie Marquez, two beauty queens and a model, whose mom is a beauty queen, are the new addition to the ever-growing roster of GMA Artist Center.

Beauty queens Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann and Miss Multinational 2018 Sophia Senoron and model Michelle Dee are looking forward to start a new journey as they signed their exclusive contracts with GMA Artist Center last Monday, July 2.

“I think every little girl wants to be a star one day, and to think that I get to have the chance to be a star. I’m really thankful. Overwhelming but I’m super excited,” Sophia said.

Despite having little experience in the showbiz industry, the three new Kapuso artists expressed how grateful they are to sign up with GMA.

Laura, in turn, shared, “This is my first time to try acting, so it’s nice to know that I have a family who really accepted me and warmly welcomed me. I’m very excited and I want to see if I can do it. I’m looking forward to everything that is coming.”

Meanwhile, Michelle said it has always been her dream to enter showbiz just like her mother Melanie Marquez, who was crowned Miss International in 1979.

“I’ve been really convincing my manager Tito Arnold. I really want to try it out and to be a part of GMA. I talked to my mom about it, I really like the feeling here. Just talking about it, two years ago with my parents and my friends, just the idea and just, like, now it’s happening. I’m signing the contract, it’s, like, imagine a little girl and their dreams are coming true. It’s like slowly one step at a time I’m able to reach where I want to be,” Michelle said.

Present during the contract-signing were GMA Entertainment Group senior vice president Lilybeth G. Rasonable; GMA senior assistant vice president for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara; and talent manager Arnold Vegafria.

Rasonable is proud to welcome the new talents as part of the network. “They are fit to be in GMA. But we’re very, very happy and excited that they chose to be with the Kapuso Network and we’re lining up projects for them in the near future. They’ll have guestings in our different shows. They’re undergoing workshops now, so maybe after that we can give them more roles. But in the meantime, they’ll be guests of different shows first,” shared Rasonable.