Monika Sta. Maria is best known as the competitive Filipina contender who finished first runner up in the third season of Asia’s Next Top Model (AsNTM).
Beyond her competitive spirit on the runway, the rising model has always embodied good vibes–proof of which are all over her social media accounts that bear such positive hashtags as #dreamchaser and #justkeepswimming
Because of her strong yet sweet personality, she was chosen as ambassador of Vibe On, Lenovo’s new line of smartphones that aims to empower millennials to never give up and never stand still.
As someone who has experienced defeat, Sta. Maria is the perfect inspiration. “I felt what it was like to be in the bottom [of AsNTM competition]. I almost got eliminated. It was really tough. But I reminded myself that as long as I wasn’t eliminated yet, I still [had]a chance,” the female fighter recalled.
She continued, “I keep striving for something better. When sometimes certain situations pull me down, I keep getting back up so I can achieve my goals. I keep believing in myself–push through; never give up.”
Today, Sta. Maria is fast becoming the favorite endorser of different brands, as well as the loved muse of established Filipino designers.
As her schedule gets busier, she now needs to be equipped by a powerful smartphone that fits her lifestyle. She found one in Lenovo Vibe S1, a unique smartphone with two front cameras and a stylish curved-glass back design.
“I really love the Vibe S1. I’m really happy about it,” she gushed. . “It’s so useful for all my daily activities since I can use it for taking pictures especially selfie and groufie photos, posting on social media, organizing my schedule, and of course, calling, texting and chatting with all my friends!” she gushed.
The Vibe S1 is the latest addition to Lenovo’s line up of smartphones under the Vibe On campaign. It combines a fashionable exterior with the capability of taking creative selfies thanks to its dual selfie cameras—an 8MP primary front camera that takes the sharpest photos and a 2MP secondary front camera that analyzes depth of field information to replicate human binocular vision. Together, these two cameras allow users to do selfies with a creative twist to it.
Sta. Maria especially loves her smartphone’s capability to record moments clearly as she can take pictures even on low-light conditions all thanks to the BSI sensor that allows users to capture their best self in any lighting condition.
“I like it that it’s very sleek and stylish. And it’s quite affordable, too,” the model turned ambassador further noted.
Through gadgets like Vibe S1, Sta. Maria believes that millennials like her can have the “power” to succeed in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue.
“Continue to believe if sometimes you feel you’re at your lowest. You’ll never know how far you can go unless you try and you’re brave enough to take the journey,” she ended.