Katarina Rodriguez (born in the Philippines) is a Filipino based fashion model and athlete. She is popularly known as a contestant in Asia's Next Top Model, Cycle 2, representing the Philippines along with Jodilly Pendre.
Rodriguez is 5 feet 6 tall started modeling professionally after she was included in the list of finalist in Asia’s Next Top Model.
Rodriguez the godchild of Filipino designer and model Tweetie De Leon-Gonzalez, who serves as one of her inspirations in joining Asia's Next Top Model.
Prior to her appearance in Asia's Next Top Model, Rodriguez is currently taking up Philosophy and Business Management in De La Salle University, and during the 76th Season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), she was chosen to be the school's muse.
Rodriguez is a member of the De La Salle University Women’s Track and Field Team. Although she has a lack of modeling experience professionally, she had an online advertisement for a popular beauty product and was included in the GMA Network's Christmas Station ID for 2012.
Top Model CareerEdit
In the competition, 16 different Asian beauties battle to become the second winner of Asia's Next Top Model. Rodriguez was an early favorite. Two Filipinas competed in the show. The other Filipina finalist in this year’s Asia’s Next Top Model is the 20-year-old Jodilly Pendre from Mandaluyong City.
During the first week, Rodriguez was nearly eliminated for failing to impress the judges in her runway challenge where she fell in the water and delivering poorly in her photo shoot, still Rodriguez was called out tenth out of the fifteen finalists.
The following week, Poojaa won the selfie challenge, as part of her prize she'll pick a friend, choosing Katarina. In the photo shoot, Rodriguez did well. At panel, the judges praised Rodriguez for doing better and improving from the previous week, resulting to her fifth place finish.
In episode 9, Katarina won the best photo for the first time, she is then followed by fellow Filipina, Jodilly. The theme for that photo shoot is warrior princess.
She is the 2nd Runner Up overall, and is the contestant with the second highest fan votes behind Jodilly Pendre.
Elimination: Instead of just being ranked as runner up together with another contestant in the top 3, she was cut-off during the finale when being judged for her finale photo. She was eliminated due to the judges stating that she will only worthy for a beauty shot, and not for a high fashion shoot. This cut her off during the finale before the judging for the finale runway itself. Her portrait is then shown even though she was in the finale.
|Episode||Episode Title||Photo Shoot Theme||Rank|
|1||Who Walks The Walk?||Opening Stills||10th|
|2||Who Attracts the Following||Malaysian Couture Goddesses in Cave||5th|
|3||Who's Hot When She Is Cold||Winter Wonderland Scene in Stylish Lingerie||4th|
|4||The Girl That Embraces Change||60's Chic in a Hair Salon||8th|
|5||The Girl That Runs Her Own Race||Embodying Futuristic Sports||7th|
|6||The Girl Who Works The Room||Mechanic Couture Inspired in a Subaru Car Factory||6th|
|7||The Girl Who is in the Spotlight||TRESemmé Ads Overlooking Kuala Lumpur Skyline||4th|
|8||The Girl Who Makes a Splash||Pangkor Laut Resort Editorial||5th|
|9||The Girl With The Wild Side||Native Jungle Warriors in the Borneo Jungle||Best Photo|
|10||The Island Girl||Alex Perry gowns at the Gaya Island Beach||Runner-up|
|11||The Girl on Life's Journey (Omitted Episode)||Posing with luggage for Malaysia Airlines||Bottom 2|
|12||The Girl Who's Epic||Harper's Bazaar Editorial||Best Photo|
|Finale||The Girl Who Wins It All||Kampung (Village) Life during Nightfall||2nd Runner Up|
- She finished as 2nd Runner Up having a total of 2 Best Photos and 1 Runner Up.