A Crash Course Into Stardom
Unlike most local actresses who started out in the business at the wide-eyed age of 15 or 16, Janine’s foray into the limelight was a post-undergrad venture. “When I started, I was already 21. So when I was new in showbiz I felt so old, and I felt like I had so much catching up to do. I was pressuring myself na I needed to do this and this, kasi kailangan ko humabol.” And catch up she did. Her career started out much like all the actresses who have gone before her: a love team pair-up, leading lady roles, and hosting stints. She even ended up being a calendar girl. But her model-esque figure and features were not to go unnoticed.
“There are really things that you learn as you get older and through your experience. And thinking that way, I realized that your age actually makes your life richer.”
Thanks to Preview’s Gen Next feature and subsequent solo cover back in May 2015, lensed by BJ Pascual and styled by her close friend and former Fashion Assistant MJ Benitez, Janine was then thrust into the fashion industry, head first. She then became a muse of many—including BJ, and designers Vania Romoff, Martin Bautista, and Ziggy Savella. Soon enough, much like any promising model with a killer editorial folio, she eventually caught the eye of Louis Vuitton. (READ FULL ARTICLE HERE)