Janine Tugonon’s Nude Photos Goes Viral, Wins Her Global Model Search Crown
Former beauty queen Janine Tugonon has been selected by Nu Muses and become part of the Treats magazine’s celebration of “The uncensored beauty of the naked body” founded by Steve Shaw and celebrity photographer David Bellemere.
“I thought I did really bad during the test shoot and final casting since I was having a bad day that day,” Tugonon said, first runner-up in the Miss Universe 2012 pageant. “But [I] got the call from my agent few days after and it was AMAZING!”
Nu Muses said on their website that Tugonon with all the other 11 models were chosen by a panel of judges and was voted through social media. They will receive $10, 000 each and will be photographed by Bellemere naked at an exclusive location.
Also, Winners will be “flown to Miami for the VIP launch event at Art Basel covered by major press outlets, featured in the December issue of Treats with the chance to grace the cover of the magazine, and featured in a documentary to be shown on one of the largest TV networks in the USA and distributed worldwide,” according to Nu Muses.
Tugonon shared her experience in deciding to join the model search saying, “I flew to the US from Philippines with a dream. I wanted to aim higher, to be globally known and excellent in this industry (modelling 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,” she said.
Shaw said that this project with Bellemere will “reestablish ‘the nude’ as fine art to grace the walls of art galleries and collectors’ portfolios.”
“We are launching Nu Muses at a time when things are highly censored, and restricted: we have pop culture celebrities flashing body parts to get attention and music lyrics that are overly sexualized, but we need to bring back the female form as classic fine art that is highly celebrated verses gratuitous,” Shaw explained.