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In Focus: 3 Lessons About Success That We Learned From Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman

In Focus: 3 Lessons About Success That We Learned From Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman


The Philippines has once again stole the scene in the pageantry world as our bet Karen Gallman claimed the Miss Intercontinental 2018 crown on the final competition night held on January 26, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Fil-Aussie beauty took on a major feat as she holds the title of the first Filipina to win the crown throughout Miss Intercontinental's 47-year history.

Aside from her ravishing looks and regal flair, what ultimately got Karen to the top spot is her brilliance in the final Q&A round. She shared her insight on the meaning of success which aptly brought her to where she is now. Here, we list the three times that this stunner taught us the value of success, proving that she's not just a pretty face.

1. When she continued her studies after joining Binibining Pilipinas 2012...

In 2012, the then-19-year-old fresh face joined Binibining Pilipinas but fell short in securing a title. In her interview with Metro.Style last year, Karen admitted that it wasn't her time yet. She says, "I didn’t realize pageants were so difficult. It’s good that I experienced it beforehand. I told myself, ‘I’ll come back stronger, more prepared, and more mature."

But she took a different direction for a while and continued her studies in Queensland, Australia. Right after graduation, she accepted a job offer in London, proving her distinct competence in her chosen field. This point in Karen's life is a testament to the age-old saying that when a door closes, a window opens. Truly, opportunities kept coming her way, and she wasn't one to pass on anything!

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2. When she gave Binibining Pilipinas another shot and didn't miss...

This time around, Karen proved that she was at a much more improved state to give the pageant world another shot. And as she came in more prepared, the 25-year-old go-getter nabbed the Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2018 title, showing that she's always got the edge. Just like the queens before her such as Pia Wurtzbach, Karen taught us that getting back up and trying again will only make you stronger than ever.

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3. When she won Miss Intercontinental 2018 with her definition of success...

During the final Q&A portion in the Miss Intercontinental 2018 final competition, Karen inspired us with how she values success, "For me, success is not just about winning in life. It is about setting goals, achieving your dreams, working hard for everything you want, and always looking up to God and be thankful for everything. For me, that is success."

And as we look back at her journey, Karen's answer couldn't be more fitting. It's clear that she has always remained focused on slaying her goals one step at a time, grabbing opportunities when she feels most ready, and being grateful for everything that she has achieved. And, that, for us, is what a true model of success is all about.

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For a closer look at Karen's journey to the Miss Intercontinental crown, swipe through our gallery to see her highlight reel!

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