Charo Ronquillo was born in 1988, in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines. She claims she was always a little tomboyish and often picked fights when she was younger. As she gained maturity, she began paying attention to herself and modeling. In 2005, she won the Philippines Super Model of the World contest, and in 2006, she placed third in the finals landing her a contract with Ford Modeling. She was all of 17 years old at the time. She debuts at the Lacoste in 2006 and lands project runway winners spot in the second season.
What the Future Brings
Vogue Magazine was amongst the first to notice the potential of this young lady. They predicted global success. Charo moved to New York to pursue her new career in 2007, where she did three editorials almost immediately- Teen Vogue and Marie Claire twice. She modeled for Ann Taylor, Macys and J. Crew catalogs in 2008. Her two best print campaigns were for Saks and Bloomingdales. She also was published in Ralph Lauren’s American Living in 2010.
Her Positive Attitude
If there is one comment always on the lips of designer’s and people in the industry, it’s a compliment about Charo’s positive, happy attitude. She considers herself blessed. Having overcome so many obstacles in her life, even as a young child -has given her strength and helps her appreciate all she has achieved.
Her father passed away when she was eight, and her mother left the kids in Laguna to care for themselves while she moved to Bahrain for work. Once mom remarried, the family was reunited. Charo sees this as her source of independence and how she learned to make careful decisions in life.
In a 2013 interview, she speaks of returning home twice a year with gifts for her siblings. While there, she does the catwalks for local designers. Charo landed a long term contract with Tropicana Coco Quench because her healthy lifestyle and character. Buko juice, as charo calls it, or coconut water has fantastic cleansing properties (Per Charo) that she has used since she was a child. She is thrilled with this business opportunity, although she would still like to complete her studies at the University.