Aastha is an intern nurse who is eager to take her modeling career out of Nepal, where the industry is not yet established enough to support her big dreams. She is constantly seeking opportunities to fulfill her aspirations and her desire to break into the international modeling scene is relentless. She does not consider herself to be aggressive but she will fight fairly for what she wants. She believes in herself, and describes herself as creative and grounded, but also a dreamer. Her personal style is simple and minimal.
Nationality: South Korean
Being the oldest contestant, Jee has had some degree of experience as a model over the years, but interruptions have kept her from the level of success she aims to reach. She hopes to take her modeling career up a notch through this competition. She has a degree in Economics and a diploma in Fashion Styling, and she wants to own her own fashion label at the end of her modeling career. She is sweet, sensitive, bubbly, and somewhat high on life. She also has a streak of the wild in her after discovering her love for travel in recent years.
Ethnicity: Half Chinese, Half Indonesian
Filantropi is an intelligent psychology graduate who has been working as a professional freelance model for the past year, but she still feels like an underdog in the industry. She is a keen learner who will seek self-improvement at every opportunity, while quietly and diligently studying her competition in her bid to outdo them. She is laid back and almost too cool for school! Her laissez faire attitude is emphasized all the more by her grungy personal style.
Ethnicity: Half German, Half Thai
Jessica is grounded and determined to get a firm foot in the door of the international modeling industry. This university student exudes inner strength and integrity, and is committed to making a better life for herself. She is honest and willing to share her emotions. Having experienced hardship, she is unafraid of hard work and obstacles. She is very ready to take on whatever challenges this grueling competition will throw at her.
Ethnicity: Half Chinese, Half Brazilian
Bursting with energy and chatter, Kate is very expressive, spontaneous, hilarious, outgoing, and friendly. She has been modeling since she was 15, and has had various bookings, but nothing too high-profile yet. She cultivated a spirit of independence at a young age because she had to live in various countries on her own when she was modeling. She has aspirations of being an actress as well, and probably sees the show as a two-prong opportunity for her to advance her career as a model and gain a following as a TV personality.
Melissa Th’ng Mei Ling
Melissa grew up in a close-knit family of competitive tennis players and she finds the adrenaline rush of competitions addictive. She is intelligent, principled, and confident, and she is determined to do well in this competition despite her curvy figure and lack of modeling experience. She has only modeled part-time for online stores. She is bent on making a statement about healthy-sized models being the ideal role models for young girls. She is still pursuing her degree in Mass Communication.
Ethnicity: Half German, Half Thai
Monica is candid and competitive. She considers every female her competition and potential rival. Expect retaliation from her if she detects condescension from anyone. She admits to loving attention and fame, and sees Asia’s Next Top Model as the perfect combination of TV stardom and modeling career advancement for her. She has had modeling jobs since she was a child, but has yet to make it big in the industry. She really wants an opportunity like this to radically change her life.
Kyla Tan Rong Ying
A typical born-and-bred Singaporean, Kyla has kept to the conventional path of meritocracy and has a few accomplishments to show for at her young age. She is the winner of Miss Singapore International 2010, she has a degree in Chemistry and the entrepreneurial ambition of owning her own fashion label. She has not had much experience as a fashion model yet, but her passion for the fashion industry extends to design and business as well. She is a planner who thinks a few steps ahead, and her versatility and ability to accommodate will see her turn situations around.
Nationality: Indian/Singapore PR
Born in India but lived all over the world, Rachel embodies the cosmopolitan spirit. She speaks well and carries herself with great poise. She is aware that she may not fit the ideal image that one has come to expect of a model, but she has not let all that stop her from taking part in pageants and competitions like New Paper New Face, in which she was crowned Miss Personality. When she was younger, she felt she needed to conform in order to fit in, and straightened her hair to look like everyone else. But she has now learnt to embrace her best asset – her voluminous curly hair – which is her crowning glory.
Ethnicity: Half Swedish, Half Japanese
Sofia has been exceptionally tall since she was 12, and has not been comfortable with her height until modeling provided her with the means to gain financial independence. She paid her own way through college with part-time modeling jobs. It has taken her a while to find herself and what she wants to do because she has constantly battled between taking the conventional path to success (studies/career) and following her heart (modeling). But this overachiever has met with some career disappointments and is finally ready to give her passion a real chance.
Stephanie is a part-time model and a full-time mother to a baby girl. She only started modeling about a year ago, and discovered that modeling is not work to her because she feels completely in her element. Her budding modeling career was soon interrupted because she got pregnant, and she now feels that surge of desire to continue pursuing what she believes is meant for her. For someone who is very passive and shy, she is busting a big move to fulfill her dream by taking part in this reality TV competition. She has never travelled outside of her country, and grew up thinking she was freakishly tall and did not talk much to people.
Trang joined Vietnam’s Next Top Model in 2011 and ranked Top 4. It takes a lot of courage to be giving this competition another shot, but she is very determined to improve her ranking. This same determination has seen her leave her hometown to study accounting in Ho Chi Minh City. She models part-time to see herself through school and to relieve her parents of the financial burden. She has been getting professional modeling jobs since her stint on VNTM. This confident, feisty go-getter is enjoying her urbanite lifestyle and independence in the city, and travelling whenever she gets the chance.
Bei Si Liu
Bei Si has recently completed her degree in Business Management and is new to the modeling world. She is the only child in her family and she credits her parents for helping to nurture her confidence and independence. She is intelligent and a fast-learner who has conscientiously worked on improving herself. Modeling has been a secret dream she has been wishing to fulfill. She used to be socially awkward because she felt uncomfortable about her height. She has transformed beautifully over the recent years and she is now ready to step out and take on the fashion world!
Nationality: Swedish/Hong Kong Resident
Ethnicity: Half Chinese, Half Swedish
Helena is a kindergarten teacher who loves food, the theatre, dance, animals, the outdoors, and everything to do with the ocean. She has been a freelance model for a year, but has not yet been booked for any high-profile jobs. She is determined to make it big in the international modeling scene, which is what she hopes being a contestant on Asia’s Next Top Model will do for her. She is competitive, intelligent, very organised, and a natural-born leader with an arresting personality.
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Asia’s Next Top Model airs every Sunday beginning November 25 at 8:55PM only on Star World!
Primetime repeats are: Tuesdays at 7PM, Thursdays at 9:55PM and Saturdays at 9:55PM.
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