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Episode 13 - Finale - THERE'S MORE TO MAUREEN

This week saw history being made when the first ever Filipina winner of Asia’s Next Top Model was crowned in the Season 5 Grand Finale. Proving the skeptics wrong, this petite, pretty-faced teen had to fight her way to the top.

By no means has it been a cruisy ride for Maureen Wroblewitz. Let’s take a look back at her progress throughout the competition, from the very first weekly photoshoot all the way through to the photo that clinched her this year’s most coveted prize.

WEEK 1

The judges already started to disagree over Maureen’s best photo.

I love your face. I can imagine doing lots and lots of beauty commercials with you. BUT I hate that photo. It looks as if you’ve seen an ex-boyfriend”, commented the photographer Joel Lin.

Pia Wurtzbach thought otherwise: “I would have to disagree. I LOVE this photo. Beautiful face, she looks long, so for me, I like it.”

WEEK 2

Split opinions on the judging panel continued with Model Mentor Cara G was left disappointed with Maureen’s beauty shots: “You have a face that Colgate would kill to have for their brand. But, looking at your photos was mentally draining because they all looked exactly the same. So you’re just getting by because of your genetics. You’re genetically blessed and that will only get you so far.” However Yu Tsai disagreed: “I don’t think she’s genetically blessed. She’s not that tall. But this challenge was made for [her] because it was a beauty challenge.” In the end Host Cindy and Yu Tsai concluded that the photos were “beautiful”.

WEEK 3

When asked to comment on her best photo, Maureen admitted, “I like it but I know it was a hard time getting there.” An exasperated Yu Tsai told her “You didn’t communicate with me, you frustrated me, you pushed me to the point of anger and you were so lost.” Fellow Judge and Host Cindy agreed saying, “What I’m feeling from this is that you were very uncomfortable and completely lost. Week after week I’m also hearing that you’re hard to work with.” “There’s no time to be shy.” Maureen concedes that she is still uncomfortable and that her inexperience is getting the better of her.

WEEK 4

Modest Maureen surprises judges when she doesn’t like herself in the group shot photo. Yu Tsai disagrees, “You not loving this picture is the weirdest thing for me, because as the photographer, I love this picture of you. So maybe the problem is that you don’t know what is fashion and what looks good for you.” Judge Cindy continues, “You’ve been getting by on your pretty face. I don’t see pretty here and I love it!

WEEK 5

Maureen started to come in to her own. “Usually when I work with you you’re like a deer in headlights and as soon as you get in front of the camera you freeze. BUT this week you really turned in to a model from a little girl and I am so impressed. I love this photo” Cara gushed. “Spot on, amazing shot. You look flawless” added Cindy. More importantly, client Nigel Stanislaus of Maybelline was also impressed: “I come from a land where I have to sell cosmetics and you can sell me cosmetics.” Thumbs up all round. Maureen takes home her first Best Photo.

WEEK 6

Maureen’s bathtub photoshoot impressed the panel including Guest Judge Maddy Ross: “I love this photo, the hair, the face, the body is perfectly in sync for me.” Yu Tsai agreed, adding “I thought that you knew what you were doing in the water. I didn’t have to give you a lot of instructions. I think you’re no longer just a pretty face, you’re actually transformable and that’s so important to me as a photographer.” Host Cindy felt there was still room for improvement however, commenting “The only critique I would have for you beyond this photo, is to trust your instinct and the magic will happen. Become the top model that we already know that you can be.”

WEEK 7

Maureen stumbles a little with her group video shoot for Zalora. Yu Tsai explained, “In a fashion film what we want to do is sell clothes. You sold you very well. You were beautiful, I would love to get to know you, but I didn’t understand the clothes that you were wearing. You didn’t wear the clothes, you let the clothes wear you.” A fashion cardinal sin.

WEEK 8

Oo-la-la Maureen!” In the raunchy late night photoshoot, Maureen showed us her grown-up side, silencing her critics. No more what-ifs and maybes. “I was so impressed with you. Your face became laser-focused. At one point I didn’t say anything. I shut up! You have what it takes to become an amazing, amazing model” enthused Yu Tsai. Host Cindy explained “So there’s two kinds of ‘shut up’ for Yu Tsai. The first one, you don’t want him to shut up because that’s when he’s given up on you. The second kind of ‘shut up’ is when he’s just clicking away and that means you’re delivering.” Click-click-click-BOOM. Maureen is awarded Best Photo of the week.

WEEK 9

Failing to hit the mark, Maureen’s photo divided the judges. Cindy remarked, “I wish I could cut it in half because the top part, yes, you’re giving me regal and powerful, but from your waist down, it just seems so heavy to me.” Creative consultant Daniel Boey also found fault in Maureen’s performance, saying that her beauty saved her when she was struggling with her outfit: “I expected a lot more from you.” Yet again, Yu Tsai stood by Maureen, saying “I think you look like Joan of Arc”, “there’s nothing wrong with having a beautiful face.” Now competing in the Top 5, she can no longer fall back on her lack of experience.

WEEK 11

She’s back – all hail the Ice Queen! “You were so hot I thought you were going to melt the ice.” cried Yu Tsai, “What you need to figure out is how you got there and get there faster.” All the judges were equally impressed including Host Cindy: “So Maureen, you’re one of the smaller girls in the competition, but in this photo you look 6ft tall. You almost look a little evil and I kind of like it.

WEEK 12

Maureen’s performance is in danger of faltering because of her brave choice of props. Creative Consultant Daniel Boey remarked “I must say, my heart skipped a beat when you picked one of the most difficult props to handle on set: they were your misbehaving balloons. You can’t let your props overwhelm you.” Yu Tsai begged to differ: “I understand why you picked the balloons and I’m glad you did it. I’m glad you picked the hardest thing […] I applaud you for that.

FINALE

In the most important photoshoot of the contest, Maureen does the Philippines proud. “That image is exactly what I wanted to see from you at the end of the competition. You delivered that quiet confidence that shows you’ve been soaking up everything we’ve been telling you” said proud Host Cindy. Pia Wurtzbach offered “There’s a certain sensuality to it but it’s not offensive.” Proving that she was worthy of the front cover of a magazine, Maureen’s performance was recounted by Yu Tsai: “You were giving me ‘Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld’, you were giving me ‘Madonna from Material Girl’, you were giving me ‘Runaway Bride’. I love all those stories you created.” “I wanted fantasy and this picture gave me fantasy.” And that boys and girls, is how Maureen’s wildest dreams  come true.

-THE END-

Episode 12 - THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

With only one week to go until the Grand Finale, Host Cindy Bishop opens up to us about the season so far. Sharing her experiences in the industry and some valuable advice for the contestants, the proud judge and mentor gives us some insight as the final countdown to the crowning of the fifth Asia’s Next Top Model begins.

About Cindy

Born and raised in Thailand, this season’s judge and host Cindy Bishop (also known as Cindy Sirinya) started modelling early with her first commercial at 13. “My big break came when I won Miss Thailand World Pageant at the age of 17, launching my career in the entertainment industry: runway, print, acting and hosting TV shows and events. My first true love has always been modelling, leading up to hosting AsNTM where I’ve been able to share years of experience with the girls. In a way, I feel like my career has come full circle!”

Personal highlight of the season so far…

“I’ve done a lot in my career. I thought I had pretty much done everything, but that vertical catwalk down the side of a building was definitely a first for me! It was exciting to be able to experience something with the girls for the first time.”

If you had been a contestant in the house what would have been the biggest challenge for you?

“I’m very competitive by nature. I’m also very critical of myself. It’s a double edged sword when people are both competitive and critical of themselves. You really want to do your best, but you can end up overthinking things and psyching yourself out. These girls are under so much pressure, not just having to live with complete strangers, but also having to prove themselves.”

On Tu:

“She was a bit of an enigma for me at first. Everyone’s character is usually quite obvious from the start: strong or shy… but Tu was a little bit more difficult to read because of the language barrier. As you can see throughout the season, she began emerging, going from strength to strength with her performance and attitude. She’s very driven and has a game plan. I would say she would probably be the most experienced of the Top 3 which is a strength but could also be her downfall. She could do with relaxing and being a little more flexible.”

On Shikin:

“She’s also got the benefit of experience. She has stood out to me from the very beginning and I’ve been very excited to see where she would take us. Along the way though, she seems to have let the pressure get to her, letting others’ performances affect her. There always seems to be this missing puzzle piece with her, where she very almost achieves perfection, but something is missing. I think she just needs to give in to her emotion, as she tends to overthink things. With modelling, once you have all the technical parts, you just have to let go a little. That’s when the magic happens.”

On Maureen:

“Maureen has come in as the youngest contestant, with the least experience and has so far defied everyone’s expectations. We have been able to follow her on her journey discovering the world of modelling, proving that she does have more than a pretty face. Maureen has a switch and if you manage to turn that switch on, she is confident and can deliver. She has this self-doubt that gets in the way and just needs to trust herself and remember that she deserves to be there.”

Any final words of advice for the contestants before the Grand Finale?

“The final week will push the girls to dig deep and draw from their inner strengths. The photoshoot is all about national pride which is a big deal, especially in Asia. The final three need to represent their countries, conveying a message of pride in their cultural identity and nationality. The Grand Finale runway show is all about the girls’ walks. I know from experience that it’s easy to get riled up and excited once the music starts, especially with couture, the combination of a strong walk and strong look can come off as over the top. The trick is to make it look balanced by taming that fierce walk so it doesn’t look too exaggerated. The focus should be using the eyes to show all the passion and emotion.”

“This year social media has played a huge part throughout the contest, talking the contest beyond simply a TV show. This is something that the girls should embrace, it means the show’s impact is organic, evolving and an opportunity for them to continue growing once the series has ended. It’s amazing to be part of it because it means that even though there is one winner, all the contestants can benefit. They should be really proud of what they’ve done and the obstacles that they have overcome. This contest has been a crash course in modelling and life.”

Episode 11 - A MOMENT OF TRUTH

This week in Malaysia, the remaining contestants find themselves unwittingly under the microscope. Undercover judge Xiao Qing watches their every move, prompting and prying them for reactions, revealing their true personalities. As Xiao Qing shapes a picture of each girl’s true character, we are reminded that this is so much more than just a modelling competition, but a life lesson too.

Model Mentor Cara G Mcilroy knows only too well that the industry is not just about sitting pretty. With her vast experience and wealth of knowledge, we spoke to her about exactly what it takes to become a Top Model in the real world.

So how did it all begin for you?

I was brought up in a very small town in Australia. It wasn’t until my parents sent me over to Singapore when I was 17 to live with my uncle that I got in to modelling. My uncle worked in the film industry and got me a job as a PA making coffees and helping out on set. It was just by chance that someone asked me to go to a casting that same day and I got that job. So, that ended up being my first and last day as a PA!

My modelling career started in Singapore, but soon I was booking jobs in Bangkok and Hong Kong. I returned to Australia to study interior design and then spent some time travelling and backpacking across Europe and the Mediterranean. Whilst I was away, an agent called up and asked me to return to Hong Kong to work. The timing was perfect, so I packed my bags and moved over. Originally I was committed to a year, but I am still based here 13 years later!

What would you say were some of your career highlights?

I worked in Paris for a little bit and London too. In London in particular I booked some great jobs including a Duran Duran video with Naomi Campbell which was quite a confidence boost. Up until then, my comfort zone had been in Asia, and to me, London meant high fashion and a very different world, so I was surprised at the positive response. I think a lot of that came down to my personality to be honest, because I was surrounded by beautiful girls (much more beautiful than me!) but I think I stood out because I was just so smiley. It didn’t always work to my benefit though. Not naming any names, but there was this one lady who was a big deal in the industry with millions of assistants, who took one look at my portfolio and said “You smile a lot don’t you?” as if it was a negative. I think I just giggled in response! Apart from her though, clients appreciated that I was friendly and easy to get along with.

Anything you might have done differently?

I wish I had made more of those opportunities outside of Asia. I had an agent in Singapore who at the time was like a mentor to me. When I mentioned to him that I wanted to give New York a go he said that because I’m neither Asian or Caucasian, I wouldn’t work there so there was no point in trying. That shattered my confidence. Now that I look back on it, he may just have wanted me to stay in Singapore where I was doing well. I wish I had never listened to him. My biggest advice to anyone in the industry would be to just give it a go. You don’t know until you try. You will always be haunted by that ‘What if ‘ question. Now I’m signed up to agencies in London, Paris and New York, but I wish I’d done it ten years earlier.

 

 

How has it been acting as Model Mentor on AsNTM5?

In the beginning, I have to say it was quite intimidating because I was stepping in to the shoes of the likes of Joey and Kelly who had done a great job in the past. Saying that, I have a lot to offer the contestants in that I’ve been in the industry for a while and in a wide genre, not just with photoshoots, but with TV commercials and also the fact that I’m not your stereotypical 6ft model in terms of my height, the way I dress and behave. People are often surprised that I’ve walked for the likes of Chanel and some of the biggest names in the industry. I hope they look at me and see someone approachable and also relatable. It really could happen to anyone!

Tips and advice for future models…

Taking on people’s comments and critique, especially directors and clients is important to fulfill a brief, but be wary whose advice you take outside of a job. Don’t take it too personally. In the end you must not lose sight of who you are. Be true to yourself and feel free to pick and choose from the best advice only.

Also, with the rise of social media, the modelling industry has changed so much. Traditionally a model’s exposure was dependent on agencies and clients. Now with the right platform, the right photographer and a big enough following you could be considered a model and could get booked for a job. In this day and age, social media is SO important for all models simply because there’s much more competition. So by all means have fun and go for it – but always have a back-up plan. It’s a short career and can be tough to make ends meet. Don’t leave school to be a model. I’m not saying don’t put 100% in to your efforts, but just don’t limit your options. It can mean developing an interest that helps with your modelling career like photography, hair and make-up, or in my case nutrition.

I had always been interested in nutrition which is why I started my juice bars. Just learning more about nutrition and a balanced diet has helped with my career. The industry has a bad reputation for giving the wrong advice to impressionable young models. I used to be incredibly skinny, but once I started taking care of myself and looking healthier, I got booked for so many more jobs. It’s especially important if you want a long-lasting career. I changed my lifestyle for the better very early: eating well, exercising, not smoking and only drinking on special occasions. I like to think it shows – and clients can tell.

Tell us something only a few people know about you.

I’m a closet dork. I’m a real country girl at heart and I love lizards and bugs. It’s really hard to creep me out!

Episode 10 - IT'S BEEN EMOJI-TIONAL

It’s Recap Week and the judges and contestants have run through the highs and the lows of the season so far in a flashback frenzy. Ten weeks worth of hilarious LOL moments and jawdropping OMGs serve as a reminder of what an eventful series we’ve had so far. We got creative, using our emoji-nation to put together a list of some of our favourites. Here are our top moments brought to you in the universal language of emoticons:

 

 

 

BROCCOLI IN THE BATH

During the Neutrogena bathtub photoshoot in Week 6, Nametha was submerged serenely under the water in a beautiful green dress. Impressed by her performance Yu Tsai proclaimed “You look like the broccoli I just had for lunch. Very pretty!” OK  Yu Tsai – whatever floats your boat.

 

 

THE SEXY DANCE

Episode 2 saw a few of the girls begin to come out of their shells – some more than others… On finding out about the dance challenge, Snake Hips Clara decided to demonstrate a rather goofy ‘sexy’ dance, entertaining all the girls and cementing her  position as the Model House joker.

 

 

YU TSAI’S THAI

During this week’s recap episode, a never-before-seen clip of Judge Cindy shows her joking around on set before eliminations,  introducing the show in faultless Thai. Not to be outdone, Yu Tsai chimes in with “Pad kee mao!” His impressive grasp of the  language turns out to just be one of his favourite Thai dishes: Drunken Noodles. Who’s the noodle now?

 

 

BABY CLARA

We don’t like to laugh at another girl’s misfortune, but Clara’s wingeing and crying during her makeover did make us snigger. Whilst the other girls bit their lip, Clara’s dramatic “My boyfriend will break up with me!” comment had us in stitches. Baby Clara has learned so many life lessons this season, including riding the bus for the first time. “When you want to stop you press the bell. It’s cute huh?” Very cute.

 

 

GIRL ON FIRE

Do you smell smoke?” Judge Cindy tries to hold a straight face as her fellow judges and contestants look around in panic… “Because the last few weeks you were literally crashing and burning.” The studio erupts with laughter as Cindy continues “the smoke is from you rising like a phoenix from the ashes…” Is Judge Cindy lit up?! Because her metaphors are ON FIIIIRE! Tssssss…

 

 

 

 

 

LAYLA’S MELT DOWN

The pressure of the competition really does take its toll on the girls, but when Layla looked like she was going to give up in the very first episode, she had us all on the edge of our seat! After a meltdown on the set of the shoot, it took a few words of encouragement from our Model Mentor Cara G and BFF Tu to set Layla right and get her back in the game.

 

 

CATFIGHTS!

With 14 girls competing under one roof, the pressure inevitably boils over. Janica’s jibes across the dinner table at Maureen, Tu and Clara’s sleep deprived name-calling, Nametha’s snapping at the Twins, the Twins snapping back at Nametha… no one escaped the drama. Meeeowww!

 

 

MOVE B*TCH GET OUT THE WAY!

Living together 24/7 meant that many girls made fast friends… and frenemies. Even though it off set if was obvious that some girls didn’t get along, it was important that in photos they either faked friendship or used their rivalry to their advantage. Nametha and Clara’s friction on the bus photoshoot caught Yu Tsai’s eye who pushed them to use this emotion to achieve the fiercest photo. “This is Asia’s Next Top Model not Asia’s Next Top Best Friend.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves Clara.

 

 

DON’T MESS WITH THE TWINS

The first pair of AsNTM twins certainly kept things interesting in the Model House. After they felt ‘disrespected’ by Nametha, the power pair got their own back  by ensuring Nametha was exposed for breaking the rules. With their plan ending in Nametha’s disqualification, the twins proved to be a force to be reckoned with… at least until they were separated.

 

 

THE NEW GIRL

Ladies this is Xiao Qing. She comes with experience and she will be joining you for the rest of the competition.” Last week Judge Cindy announced the addition of a new competitor joining the girls after 9 weeks! “Just when they felt they were so safe, there’s a sixth girl, but what the girls don’t know is I’m actaully an undercover judge.” Xiao Quing reveals. NOW the competition gets interesting!

Episode 9 - BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST REVEALS

W-w-what just happened!? Who on earth is this Xiao Qing girl? If the end of this week’s cliffhanger ending left you gawping at your screen, you’re not alone. The contestants have certainly been put through their paces and seen their fair share of twists and turns.

Whether masterminded by the judges and producers, or by the girls themselves, there has been no shortage of jaw dropping, game-changing moments. Here is our countdown of Season 5’s BIGGEST REVEALS:

 

1.      MAKEOVER DAY

Alright, alright, we know that every season has a Makeover Day with some drastic transformations that have us cowering behind our sofa cushions. This season however, the winner of the previous week’s best photo was given the power to dole out ‘dramatic’ or ‘subtle’ new looks to her fellow contestants. Grasping at the chance to decide the fates of her housemates, Dorothy took on the role of decision maker and at times had us wondering whether or not she may have even gone a little power-mad… poor Crybaby Clara.

1.      ROOM SWAPS

This season has seen not one, not two, but three room swaps that have upset the balance inside the Model House. Veronika had us all wondering what she was up to when she decided to infiltrate the Bad Girls’ room for a couple of weeks. Little did we know she would emerge from the room with a golden nugget of information that would affect the fate of one of the contestants. This same reveal led the Twins to question the loyalties of fellow roommate Clara who was swiftly banished to join the Bad Girls’. When Tu swapped rooms because she no longer wished to mother-hen Cindy, The ‘Bad Girls’ luck may have changed for the better. After renaming themselves the ‘Strong Girls’, this move is sure to change the in-house dynamic.

1.      SECOND CHANCES

Eliminations are always a nail-biting experience. Turns out the judges decisions can change at the very last moment. This week Cindy was given a second chance by the judges and allowed to live another day. Back in Week 6 Dorothy may have found herself on the verge of being sent home, but her fellow Bad Girl Nametha was sent home instead. Which brings us to our next Big Reveal:

4.      BREAKING THE RULES

Veronika’s foray into the Bad Girls Room led to her returning with another girl’s dirty little secret. After being ‘disrespected’ by Nametha, the Twins hatched a plan to make use of this information to get revenge and punish her rule breaking. Nametha’s use of wifi to contact the outside world was a clear contravention of contest rules and contract. In the end, the judges had no choice but to send her home despite having the second best photo of the week.

5.      BUT WHO IS SHE!?

Finally, the end of last week has left us wondering what could possibly happen next. Judge Cindy’s introduction to a new entry to the competition at such a late stage in the competition left the remaining models in silent shock and the audiences crying out for MORE, MORE, MORE!

Episode 8 - THE GIRL WHO NEEDS TO GROW UP

Models, models, models! In my years as a Fashion Photographer and Creative Director I’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, picking up a few tips along the way. This week the girls had a rude awakening, having to deal with the realities of the industry in their first go-sees. It certainly helps to be pretty, but being a pro takes a little extra.

I may not be a celestial being, but here are my Top 10 Commandments of Modelling:

 

  1. Thou shalt stand tall and walk proud

For a model, posture is everything. There’s a lot of talk about high fashion vs. beauty pageant, but one thing is for sure: If you’re a budding model, dance classes could transform you into a more statuesque model, teaching you the right kind of body awareness.

  1. Though shalt model from head to toe

We judges always have the same problem season after season. When you strike a pose, every part of your body must be engaged. The more perfect shots you have, the more photos your client has to choose from, and the happier everyone will be.

  1. Thou shalt be Versatile

It’s all about fulfilling the brief and adapting to client’s needs. Sometimes you’ve just got to FAKE IT TO MAKE IT. It’s not being two-faced, it’s being professional.

  1. Thou shalt be respectful

This particularly applies to those on the other side of the camera. The production team, hair and make-up… they’re all there for the same reason you are. They do the same hours (or even longer!) and they are there to get the job done. Be classy and listen – a little grace goes a long way in my books.

  1. Though shalt SCREAM

Always turn up on set ready to slay. Looking fierce doesn’t come from staring blankly in to the distance. You have to want it! I find a good SCREAM always helps get you in the right mindset.

  1. Though shalt eat well

Your body is a temple and you are what you eat. Contrary to ridiculous rumours, skipping meals is never the answer to becoming the next Victoria’s Secret Angel. A balanced diet, keeping hydrated and plenty of exercise gives the best results. Trust me. Look at me.

  1. Though shalt live well

Your lifestyle affects the way you look and the way you behave. By all means, let your hair down every now and then, but be sure to make time to get your beauty sleep. Stress and fatigue manifest themselves in many different ways… limp hair, sallow skin and wrinkles… every models’ ultimate nightmare.

  1. Thou shalt educate yourself

A good model is a smart model. Do your research and know your industry. With social media these days, models are constantly in the spotlight and self-styling. Our challenges have helped prepare the models for this part of the job, but it’s an ongoing process. Read up on the latest news on designers, photographers, campaigns and magazines. Find your niche and dominate it.

  1. Though shalt be prepared

Yes, yes, yes, the motto of the competition is Expect The Unexpected. Which is exactly why you MUST be prepared. Industry standard is to make sure you have the right underwear, footwear and please, for goodness sakes turn up on set with clean hair!

  1. Thou shalt practice, practice, practice

Pulling faces and striking a pose in front of a mirror might make you feel a bit silly, but it really is all about perfecting your angles. Have fun with a friend taking photos of each other and eventually you will learn to find your light!

 

Episode 7 - THE IMITATION GAME

This week we learned that versatility is at the top of any Model’s list of commandments. It’s all about being a chameleon, adapting on set and taking on a new persona to fit the brief. Often, this means you’ve just got to ‘FAKE IT TO MAKE IT’.

 

They say imitation is the best form of flattery. We came across these aweinspiring re-creations of the weekly photoshoots which are so on point we just had to share them with you. So what does it take to replicate each shoot in such breathtaking detail? Cue @lynnholilin and @keeptomyself…

 

 

 

Let’s begin with you telling us a bit about yourselves…

 

@lynnholilin:

My name is Lynn Ho. I’m a 30 year old graphic designer and account director in the advertising & design industry. I am married, and currently 4 months pregnant.

@keeptomyself:

I’m Gary Lim, born and raised in Singapore where I’ve spent all 25 years of life. Currently, I wait on tables at a restaurant.

 

Would you call yourselves avid AsNTM5 fans?

 

@lynnholilin:

Yes, it is my highlight of the week! I will be seated with STARWORLD on the TV every Wednesday at 8.55pm, waiting for the episode to start. I have been following AsNTM since Cycle 1.

@keeptomyself:

I am not just an avid AsNTM fan, I am a BIG fan of the NTM franchise. I started following AsNTM from Cycle 1 until now, even rewatching one or two clips again when it’s uploaded online.

 

So what made you decide to replicate the weekly photoshoots?

 

@lynnholilin:

I had wanted to do photoshoot re-creations since AsNTM Cycle 4, but didn’t get down to it due to work commitments (I was freelancing as an actress). However, when I fell pregnant, I had to take a break from my acting jobs and started working from home. When AsNTM Cycle 5 was announced, I thought it would be a great opportunity to not only express myself creatively through modeling, photography & fashion, but in a big way, it was to document and celebrate my pregnancy week by week.

@keeptomyself:

For me, I started thinking about re-creating the shoots from the first episode. To be honest, I wasn’t convinced that any of the girls did that well on their first shoot, so I wanted to give it a go too. Since I live in Singapore, I know exactly where each location is and with the encouragement of my younger sister we decided to recreate the shoot despite our lack of equipment and wardrobe – starting with the Helix bridge.

 

How do you know each other?

 

@lynnholilin:

I first came across Gary on Instagram when I saw that he had recreated AsNTM5 E1’s “Runaway Model” photoshoot at Marina Bay’s Double Helix bridge, just as I had. I contacted him after watching Episode 3’s “Denim” photoshoot, because I was having trouble figuring out where the location was. We met for the first time at Lorong Halus Wetlands (finally figured it out) for the photoshoot.

Our shoots are always enjoyable, we love do impersonations of Yu Tsai’s catchphrases, like “models, models, models!”. It’s fun to work with people who are just as passionate about fashion and the arts, because there is undoubtedly a great energy on set.

@keeptomyself:

By the third episode, my younger sister and I had come to a road block because of the unrecognizable environment. We were at the point of giving up when Lynn reached out to us. Together, we figured out the site for the shoot, and she even lent us her ‘mini’ chair! Since then, Lynn and I have started to replicate the weekly shoots together. The most fun I had was the shoot where we rented the bus together. Since it was a group shoot, her friends and I had so much fun posing on  the bus, thinking that we were rich gangsters hijacking the bus.

 

 

So far, which has been your favourite shoot to recreate?

 

@lynnholilin:

Honestly, it is so hard to pick one, because each shoot is vastly different from the next. I have my favourite moments on every shoot. It is usually the company I have with me that make the experience that much better. For E6’s “Rainbath” shoot, my secondary school friends and I booked the terrace suite at Hotel 1929 (it has an outdoor bathtub) to celebrate my friend’s birthday. It was such a joy to see them involved in the creative process and to not only try something completely new, but also embrace their womanhood and sensuality with this photoshoot. Even my Mom was involved, she picked the ferns and moringa leaves from her very own garden to be used in this shoot. Our husbands are usually the “logistics officers”, helping with transportation of props and driving us to shoot locations.

@keeptomyself:

Definitely the Episode 1 “Runaway Models” shoot. It was such a feat to be topless in front of passers-by on the Helix Bridge. With my sister’s encouragement, I was able to produce a shot that wowed even ourselves. This is also the shoot that kickstarted our drive to re-create all the shoots of this cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

Did you learn anything during your own shoots? About yourself, modelling, photography etc.

 

@lynnholilin:

Most definitely! My father loves this saying, “Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.” I have come to understand after this experience that when your mind is set to something, you will achieve things that you never thought you’d be capable of. For example, the location for Episode 4’s “Models on the Move” shoot was quite challenging to find. It was only after watching the episode numerous times on YouTube that we finally saw the BusPlus logo on the bus that the models had the shoot in. I contacted them as soon as I could and arranged for the shoot. In terms of modeling, I have learned to pose out of my comfort zone. Prior to this, even though I had been acting, the role of a fashion model for the AsNTM shoot recreations was quite different from what I was used to. I believe it was Cindy Bishop who said in E6, “I want you to explore every level of sexy.” That articulates my AsNTM modeling journey.

@keeptomyself:

As the shoots go on, I find myself being a little competitive in regards to the ability to get one-up on my previous shoots. I started to notice that I have this one frowning face in many of my photos. I didn’t realise that when I try giving my fierce face, I ended up with an angry face. I learned to keep a positive attitude, relax and just keep having fun with the shoot, which is why I did these in the first place (if the AsNTM producers decided to have a “Guys vs. Girls” cycle, you know where to findme *wink wink*). I do have to give props to the girls of AsNTM 5 as the shoots really aren’t as easy as I first thought. This has taught me not to give up on what I like to do. Much of it is thanks to all the encouragement I have had from Lynn, my younger sis and even the new followers I now have because of this experience.

 

If you could recreate – with no limitations – a photoshoot from any past season of AsNTM which would it be and why?

 

@lynnholilin:

There are three photoshoots from the past AsNTM seasons which I’d love to recreate.

The first is from Cycle 1 Episode 1, where the models portrayed “Quirky Girls” in colourful bohemian clothes against a vibrant background. I think aesthetically, this is an absolutely stunning photoshoot. The array of colours, textures and styling really drew me in.

The second from Cycle 1 Episode 3, where each model personified one of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. I’d love to pose as a Tiger (my zodiac sign).

And finally, Cycle 2 Episode 5, a stylised sports-themed photoshoot. The unique sporty outfits looked amazing, and even though it is a studio shoot, the kind of energy that the models’ exuded made it feel as though they were outdoors.

@keeptomyself:

I would love to do almost all the shoots in AsNTM Cycle 4 photoshoots. From the trampoline shoot, to the last avant garde shoot, that cycle to me has the most fashionable photoshoots with many fun possibilities. Also I am a guy who loves the water, so I do want try doing the underwater shoot of Cycle 1, with Michael Cinco’s dresses.

 

Do you have a favourite AsNTM contestant of all time?

 

@lynnholilin:

Yes, Nicole Lee from Cycle 2. I love that she is a neat freak, because I can only imagine what a mess the model house would be without someone there to enforce some rules. And also, she is a fantastic model, even though she didn’t win, I think she has that X-factor.

@keeptomyself:

My favorite contestant ever has to be Amiee Cheng-Bradshaw. She is gorgeous and has an

inviting look that I like. Though she didn’t win her cycle, she is still a winner in my book.

 

Which contestant are you backing to win this season and why?

 

@lynnholilin:

Either Cindy, Maureen or Tu. All three have a great look and attitude, especially Tu, she takes the competition very seriously and despite her health issues, is able to push through, that to me, is pretty admirable.

@keeptomyself:

Honestly speaking, the girls I had been rooting for this season have already been eliminated one by one. From the remaining girls in Episode 6, the girls I’m now rooting for are Shikin (most modelesque), Maureen (most gorgeous), and Cindy (most improved).

Episode 6 - GOOD GIRLS VS BAD GIRLS

Episode 5 - MAKING "IT" HAPPEN

This week, the girls were tasked with making ‘It’ happen with a little help from make-up gurus Superstar Beauty Blogger Cindercella and Maybelline New York Creative Director Nigel Stanisalaus.

Make-up tips were a-plenty with the Louder Than Words social media challenge. Each girl was given a make-up mantra to work with and then left to get creative expressing them. Here’s a quick recap:

 

Be as bold as your lipstick

Never underestimate the power of dramatic lips

A bold lip colour has the power to brighten up an outfit and make a statement. Be brave with your colours if you want to get noticed. Nametha certainly got herself noticed by the elimination panel with her brave biker-chick blue lips. Just don’t forget the lip-liner!

 

 

A little highlighter makes me ready to face the day

I came, I saw, I contoured

Some of us are born with fantastic cheek bones, but most of us could do with a bit of help. Highlight the angular high points that you want to get noticed, and use clever contouring to help shape your face to perfection. Warning – this is definitely not for beginners and practice goes a long way. Check out Cindercella’s blog for tips on how to contour without looking ghoulish. Invest in a decent set of brushes and remember to blend, blend, blend past your jaw and down your neck.

 

May the wings of your eyeliner be sharp and even

Life is short but your lashes shouldn’t be

The right liquid liner and mascara can totally transform your look. Usually, we want to look bright-eyed and ready to face the day. Put on whatever makes you feel most comfortable in your surroundings – that goes for your environment too. Hot sticky weather means sweat and humidity, so get yourself a decent waterproof liquid liner and mascara if you want to avoid not-so-sexy panda eyes.

 

Let make-up transform you

Possibly one of the key mantras for this week’s photoshoot, with Mr Maybelline Nigel Stanisalaus creating three looks for the girls using his make-up brand:

Uptown Princess: luxurious, “beautiful dewy skin and a matte gorgeous lip”

Downtown Edge: “A bit more grungy and rock-star,with stronger colours, a beautiful smoky eye and a fantastic lip”

Midtown Girl: Chic and fashion-forward with “a confident smoky eye and a beautiful matte lip”

Special occasion? Sometimes “MORE is MORE!” claims Cindercella. As the theme-loving chameleon Cindercella has proven, when you’re trying to tell a story with your makeup, don’t hold back. Don’t be afraid to play around and experiment. Putting on your make-up should be a fun part of your day.

#AsNTMIWokeUpLikeThis Selfie Competition

This is what Valerie looks like when she wakes up: effortlessly gorgeous! Think you can do better? Show us what you got, post your #AsNTMIWokeUpLikeThis selfie. Don’t forget to tag @AsNTMOfficial and add your own creative hashtag to describe your look. You could get the chance to win an amazing #AsNTM ring selfie light (T&C apply –asntm.com/termsandconditions – contest ends May 19)

#AsNTMIWokeUpLikeThis Selfie Competition

Waking up effortlessly pretty is every girl & boy’s ultimate beauty goal.
After seeing the #AsNTMIWokeUpLikeThis selfies of our #AsNTM5 models let’s try to create your very own looks.

Post your best #AsNTMIWokeUpLikeThis selfies, tag @AsNTMOfficial and add your own creative hashtag to describe your look. You could get the chance to win this fabulous #AsNTM selfie ring light (T&C apply –asntm.com/termsandconditions – contest ends May 19)

Episode 4 - FORGET FLAWLESS, IT'S ALL ABOUT BEING #FLAWSOME

In every Cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model, 1 episode stands out as the point when the competition sets the models apart from the girls. Episode 4 is filled with these moments

Clara’s disregard for the other members of The Good Girls club comes to a head. When Tu appealed to Clara to cut the chit-chat and stick to the lights-out time sparks a fiery shouting match. The b-word is uttered, and so is the s-word.  It was Tu’s “Don’t be a little girl to me” that stung Clara.

Morning brings a new day and a new challenge to create Instagram snapshots that screams out “I Woke Up Like This”. Nametha made a goofy face and she had a banana in her photo. Layla continued to unravel as a model. In the end, it was Valerie who had the best photo, captured the trending hashtag beautifully. Nobody wakes up looking that good, but we don’t care!  We love that photo!

In what might be a glimpse into their future lives, the girls had a late night feast. But if some of the contestants arrived at their final photo shoot with hangovers, they stepped up their game and brought glamour and strong, sex appeal in a… bus.

Yu Tsai’s signature style at shoots confused the pretty girls who had nowhere to go beyond pretty.  The #flawsome models-in-waiting stood out with sexy and confident looks, channeling rich bitches and glamour gals.

By the time the 11 stood in front of the judges, the toll of the competition had truly rattled Layla’s fragile confidence. #flawsome is not something that you stumble into.  It’s being honest with what you have to work with, and working it hard until it becomes a part of your armour.

Episode 4 wasn’t just about a modeling competition.  It was a life lesson in authentic and being strong. Especially if you want to be Asia’s Next Top Model.

Episode 3 - MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL

It’s Makeover Week and the girls have had to grapple with their new looks. As in every fairytale – it’s been a struggle between good and bad (…reactions that is).

Forced to take a look at themselves in the mirror, here are a few lessons we think can be learned from this tale.

 

USE YOUR POWER FOR GOOD

Mwahahaha! Dorothy had a ball choosing between ‘subtle’ or ‘dramatic’ makeovers for the girls. She certainly didn’t hold back when it came to those she saw as her biggest rivals in the competition. As entertaining as it was for us to watch her power trip, we can’t help but think that she should tread carefully from now on.

EMBRACE CHANGE

The salon Fairy Godmothers brought the magic on Makeover Day: drastic crop chops and bangs, bangs, bangs! This week’s Cinderella Award goes to Cindy who made the most of her new ‘fierce’ fringe to win the Judge’s Best Photo. It goes to show change can be good. Mix up your situation in life to give yourself more options – you may just get what you wished for. The twists and turns in your story are what make it exciting.

 

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

“Ugly beautiful” duckling Nametha was not convinced by her new hair colour. Nevertheless, like a true heroine, she kept her chin up and rallied, eventually being commended by the judges for her final photo. On the contrary “Crybaby” Clara was terrified that her new look would frighten her Prince Charming away. After two weeks of earning only praise, she was shot down by judges for being “unprofessional”. Oh how the mighty fall.

Episode 2 - AsNTM SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

Winning the title is all down to survival of the fittest.  Now two episodes in, the contestants are coming to the realisation that this is not just a beauty pageant. This is a ruthless battle to become Asia’s Next Top Model.

It’s a jungle out there – and only one will come out on top. As the girls begin to hatch a game plan, they have a few tricks up their sleeves including these essential survival skills:

MOVE LIKE JAGGER

In this week’s dance challenge models needed to be able to use their bodies to express themselves. It’s not just about sitting pretty. Awareness of your body and how it moves is absolutely vital. Models must learn self-control and how to channel excitement and enthusiasm, as Heidi found out to her detriment.

A DAZZLING SMILE

The girls bear their teeth in this week’s photo shoot and show off their signature smiles. A great smile has the power to disarm.  The girls’ pearly whites were crucial to winning this challenge and charming the judges. A confident smile can be the key to success, so take care of your teeth and add a reliable whitening toothpaste to your survival kit.

Episode 1 - GIRLS TO WATCH OUT FOR

The race is on! Season 5 of Asia’s Next Top Model is now officially in full swing. With the first episode came the first runway, the first photoshoot and of course – the first elimination. So what did you think of the judges’ decision?

Agree or disagree with who was sent home, Episode Numero Uno certainly shed light on the models’ personalities. Whether revealing unexpected flaws or hidden talents, girls showed another side of themselves to the camera. Here is our pick of the dark horses in the race to becoming Asia’s Next Top Model.

VALERIE & VERONIKA

This season takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level. Twins Veronika and Valerie certainly keep each other on their toes. Veronika backed herself against her sister on the catwalk and Valerie was confident in her photoshoot. Turns out they were both wrong. After the first week, it’s still neck and neck with both of them finishing in the top 5.


LAYLA

Singaporean Layla was ready to pack her bags and head home after her catwalk trip-up. Following a shaky start to her photoshoot, Layla finally decided to pull herself together. Lame horse or dark horse? Turns out Layla’s biggest critic is herself. Will she stay on track long enough to reach the homestraight?


MINH TU

The lingerie challenge should have been a breeze for body-confident Minh Tu. Whilst the hustle and bustle backstage almost proved too much, Tu showed real heart and fire, lighting up the catwalk and impressing the judges. If attitude is anything to go by – she might be the one Tu watch.

Production Fun Facts & Figures

This week’s blog entry is a little different ‘cos our team of experienced and hardworking researchers have unearthed some interesting facts and figures about Asia’s Next Top Model, and some of these of info might totally overwhelm you. So buckle up and loosen up your buttons, cos you’re about to be hit with a big bag of nerdy fun facts and figures, AsNTM Edition.

22.5 Tyra-bytes
22.5 Tera-bytes actually, but we couldn’t resist the pun and homage to our Mama Tyra. That is the volume of footage that is filmed for the latest season of AsNTM premiering on 5th April on StarWorld.

And just how much footage is that, you ask? Think of it this way – if you had an iPhone 6 with 64Gb of space, you’ll need 352 more of the same iPhone to fit all that footage.

About 60 hours of footage is filmed every day during the shoot.

And how many hours of editing will the producers have to sit through to get all that cut down into a series? You’re looking at around 3,500 hours in total… Yup, if those edit sessions were arranged back to back, it would take up to 2 full months.

Speaking of producers, there are, on a daily average, about 120 people on and off the set who are working on AsNTM.   This includes the contestants, the tehnical team, the glam squad of hair & make-up stylists and artists and the styling team that oversees all the outfits for the contestants and the cast.

It’s a truly collaborative effort that is orchestrated by a dedicated team who, so we’ve been told can get really really thirsty. During the filming of AsNTM s5 the cast and crew have consumed 9,000 bottles of water for every cycle of the competition series.
So what will the new numbers be after Cycle 5 of AsNTM?  Will Thailand give us another winner to add to their winning team of Jessica & Tawan?   Both Team Malaysia & Team Indonesia have seen their respective girls win with Sheena and Gani. Who’s next?  We’ll be watching and we know you will, too!

AsNTM s5 premieres on 5th April at 9pm on StarWorld.

5 Pointers for your AsNTM5 Premiere Party

The wait is almost over! The launch of Season 5 is less than a week away, so why not get your fellow Top Model aficionados together for a viewing?
When hosting a Grand Premiere Party it never hurts to be prepared – just remember to EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

THINK AHEAD

What kind of party has no guests? Build anticipation. Make sure your friends know when and where the party is at well ahead of time. We’ve made it easy for you: simply share this fun, easy invitation with your friends and tag them. If your friends live far away.

BE THE ‘HOST WITH THE MOST’

Set the scene. Turn the lights down low, lay out the nibbles but most importantly, make sure everyone has somewhere to sit comfortably. There’s nothing like leg cramp to ruin a glamorous evening in.

LET NO ONE GO THIRSTY 

Key to every glitzy launch party is bubbles daahling!  Pop open a bottle of a delicious non-alcoholic drink like sparkling apple or elderflower served in flutes. So chic!

LOOK THE PART

Leave the wardrobe drama to the contestants.  Plan ahead to avoid last minute melt-downs. Steer clear of anything too tight, too stiff, or too short. You don’t want to spend the entire show squirming and readjusting your outfit. lf you’re happy to sit in it for a full episode, you’re good to go!

CAPTURE THE MOMENT

All of your besties in one room? (even if it’s just a whatsapp chat room) It’s the perfect chance to get some great selfies while watching the show on TV. This is not the time to be shy – work your best angles and share your snaps of your Grand Premiere Party. Tell us why you are fanatic fan of AsNTM, mention @asntmofficial and tag #asntm5 for a chance to win one of three autographed photos of the contestants. Click here to see the details for the contest.

 

T&C on http://asntm.com/termsandconditions/

 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

You’ve probably seen some or, as a matter of fact, all of this year’s contestants vying to be Asia’s Next Top Model. But as you get ready to step into the zone for this cycle’s competition, we thought it would be the perfect time to check out some of the previous AsNTM alumni.  In the spirit of sisterhood and fairplay, the following names have not been selected in any particular order… we promise!

Katarina Rodriguez, Season 2

 

Katarina finished as 2nd runner up in the 2nd season of AsNTM, and went on to juggle her studying for her degree inPhilosophy and Business Management along with training for the varsity track and field team. Katarina has literally blossomed in front of the camera, from a stint as a VJ for MTV, to her gorgeous photos on Instagram.  She’s now poised for even greater heights and perhaps will follow in Pia Wurtzbach’s steps, as she is currently in the running to become the Pinoy representative for Miss Universe. (Photo credits: @Katarinarodri)

Patricia Gouw, Season 4


Patricia’s journey to season 4 of Asia’s Next Top Model is varied and colourful – she’s modeled part time, dabbled in e-commerce , worked as a waitress, and even took a brief detour into the pageant world (she was 1st runner up in Miss ASEAN 2012.)   It was at her friends’ suggestion that she signed up for season 4 of AsNTM, and we sure would like to hi-five those friends.Patricia’s ease in front of the camera saw her winning three challenges and never falling in the bottom two.  She might have placed 3rd in the overall competition, but AsNTM was the perfect platform to take Patricia to the next level.  The fashion world keeps hiring her, events want her as their emcee, and Patricia has also taken on radio and TV presenting as her new challenges. Did you catch her on 4 Girls & A Bucket List on Star World? If you didn’t the episodes are streaming on StarWorld’s YouTube Page 😉

Monika Sta Maria, Season 3

 

When she didn’t make it to Season 2 of AsNTM, Monika continued to maintain her focus and made the cut for season 3.

With her background in athletics and volleyball, all that determination and discipline is part of Monika’s DNA.  That, combined with Monika’s early modelling work, gave her a record 4 best-photo wins in the show. While keeping busy in her role as Brand Ambassador for Subaru (check out her hashtag on IG #sashathesubaru) and with fashion shoots around the region and beyond, Monika is now focusing on becoming a TV presenter. It’s definitely a new challenge for Monika but she’s proof that 1st runner ups can still win big! (Photo credits: @monikastamaria)

Tawan, Season 4

The statuesque Tawan — she stands at 1.78m! – won last year’s competition in the much buzzed about AsNTM finale.  Tawan aka the AsNTM Thai-ger has been kept very busy in London working with Storm Models on international campaigns of brands such as Adidas, Top Shop and Balmain, and even appearing in a music video by UK artist Dua Lipa.

Oh, and did we mention covers and more?

There can only be 1 winner, but the audience that tunes in to AsNTM can count on 1 thing – they can expect the unexpected!

Catch the AsNTM5 premiere on April 5th at 9pm on StarWorld.

PR Photoshoot Behind The Scenes

Episode 2 - AsNTM SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

Winning the title is all down to survival of the fittest.  Now two episodes in, the contestants are coming to the realisation that this is not just a beauty pageant. This is a ruthless battle to become Asia’s Next Top Model.

It’s a jungle out there – and only one will come out on top. As the girls begin to hatch a game plan, they have a few tricks up their sleeves including these essential survival skills:

MOVE LIKE JAGGER

In this week’s dance challenge models needed to be able to use their bodies to express themselves. It’s not just about sitting pretty. Awareness of your body and how it moves is absolutely vital. Models must learn self-control and how to channel excitement and enthusiasm, as Heidi found out to her detriment.

A DAZZLING SMILE

The girls bear their teeth in this week’s photo shoot and show off their signature smiles. A great smile has the power to disarm.  The girls’ pearly whites were crucial to winning this challenge and charming the judges. A confident smile can be the key to success, so take care of your teeth and add a reliable whitening toothpaste to your survival kit.

Episode 1 - GIRLS TO WATCH OUT FOR

The race is on! Season 5 of Asia’s Next Top Model is now officially in full swing. With the first episode came the first runway, the first photoshoot and of course – the first elimination. So what did you think of the judges’ decision?

Agree or disagree with who was sent home, Episode Numero Uno certainly shed light on the models’ personalities. Whether revealing unexpected flaws or hidden talents, girls showed another side of themselves to the camera. Here is our pick of the dark horses in the race to becoming Asia’s Next Top Model.

VALERIE & VERONIKA

This season takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level. Twins Veronika and Valerie certainly keep each other on their toes. Veronika backed herself against her sister on the catwalk and Valerie was confident in her photoshoot. Turns out they were both wrong. After the first week, it’s still neck and neck with both of them finishing in the top 5.


LAYLA

Singaporean Layla was ready to pack her bags and head home after her catwalk trip-up. Following a shaky start to her photoshoot, Layla finally decided to pull herself together. Lame horse or dark horse? Turns out Layla’s biggest critic is herself. Will she stay on track long enough to reach the homestraight?


MINH TU

The lingerie challenge should have been a breeze for body-confident Minh Tu. Whilst the hustle and bustle backstage almost proved too much, Tu showed real heart and fire, lighting up the catwalk and impressing the judges. If attitude is anything to go by – we might be the one Tu watch.

Production Fun Facts & Figures

This week’s blog entry is a little different ‘cos our team of experienced and hardworking researchers have unearthed some interesting facts and figures about Asia’s Next Top Model, and some of these of info might totally overwhelm you. So buckle up and loosen up your buttons, cos you’re about to be hit with a big bag of nerdy fun facts and figures, AsNTM Edition.

22.5 Tyra-bytes
22.5 Tera-bytes actually, but we couldn’t resist the pun and homage to our Mama Tyra. That is the volume of footage that is filmed for the latest season of AsNTM premiering on 5th April on StarWorld.

And just how much footage is that, you ask? Think of it this way – if you had an iPhone 6 with 64Gb of space, you’ll need 352 more of the same iPhone to fit all that footage.

About 60 hours of footage is filmed every day during the shoot.

And how many hours of editing will the producers have to sit through to get all that cut down into a series? You’re looking at around 3,500 hours in total… Yup, if those edit sessions were arranged back to back, it would take up to 2 full months.

Speaking of producers, there are, on a daily average, about 120 people on and off the set who are working on AsNTM.   This includes the contestants, the tehnical team, the glam squad of hair & make-up stylists and artists and the styling team that oversees all the outfits for the contestants and the cast.

It’s a truly collaborative effort that is orchestrated by a dedicated team who, so we’ve been told can get really really thirsty. During the filming of AsNTM s5 the cast and crew have consumed 9,000 bottles of water for every cycle of the competition series.
So what will the new numbers be after Cycle 5 of AsNTM?  Will Thailand give us another winner to add to their winning team of Jessica & Tawan?   Both Team Malaysia & Team Indonesia have seen their respective girls win with Sheena and Gani. Who’s next?  We’ll be watching and we know you will, too!

AsNTM s5 premieres on 5th April at 9pm on StarWorld.

5 Pointers for your AsNTM5 Premiere Party

The wait is almost over! The launch of Season 5 is less than a week away, so why not get your fellow Top Model aficionados together for a viewing?
When hosting a Grand Premiere Party it never hurts to be prepared – just remember to EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

THINK AHEAD

What kind of party has no guests? Build anticipation. Make sure your friends know when and where the party is at well ahead of time. We’ve made it easy for you: simply share this fun, easy invitation with your friends and tag them. If your friends live far away.

BE THE ‘HOST WITH THE MOST’

Set the scene. Turn the lights down low, lay out the nibbles but most importantly, make sure everyone has somewhere to sit comfortably. There’s nothing like leg cramp to ruin a glamorous evening in.

LET NO ONE GO THIRSTY 

Key to every glitzy launch party is bubbles daahling!  Pop open a bottle of a delicious non-alcoholic drink like sparkling apple or elderflower served in flutes. So chic!

LOOK THE PART

Leave the wardrobe drama to the contestants.  Plan ahead to avoid last minute melt-downs. Steer clear of anything too tight, too stiff, or too short. You don’t want to spend the entire show squirming and readjusting your outfit. lf you’re happy to sit in it for a full episode, you’re good to go!

CAPTURE THE MOMENT

All of your besties in one room? (even if it’s just a whatsapp chat room) It’s the perfect chance to get some great selfies while watching the show on TV. This is not the time to be shy – work your best angles and share your snaps of your Grand Premiere Party. Tell us why you are fanatic fan of AsNTM, mention @asntmofficial and tag #asntm5 for a chance to win one of three autographed photos of the contestants. Click here to see the details for the contest.

 

T&C on http://asntm.com/termsandconditions/

 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

You’ve probably seen some or, as a matter of fact, all of this year’s contestants vying to be Asia’s Next Top Model. But as you get ready to step into the zone for this cycle’s competition, we thought it would be the perfect time to check out some of the previous AsNTM alumni.  In the spirit of sisterhood and fairplay, the following names have not been selected in any particular order… we promise!

Katarina Rodriguez, Season 2

 

Katarina finished as 2nd runner up in the 2nd season of AsNTM, and went on to juggle her studying for her degree inPhilosophy and Business Management along with training for the varsity track and field team. Katarina has literally blossomed in front of the camera, from a stint as a VJ for MTV, to her gorgeous photos on Instagram.  She’s now poised for even greater heights and perhaps will follow in Pia Wurtzbach’s steps, as she is currently in the running to become the Pinoy representative for Miss Universe. (Photo credits: @Katarinarodri)

Patricia Gouw, Season 4


Patricia’s journey to season 4 of Asia’s Next Top Model is varied and colourful – she’s modeled part time, dabbled in e-commerce , worked as a waitress, and even took a brief detour into the pageant world (she was 1st runner up in Miss ASEAN 2012.)   It was at her friends’ suggestion that she signed up for season 4 of AsNTM, and we sure would like to hi-five those friends.Patricia’s ease in front of the camera saw her winning three challenges and never falling in the bottom two.  She might have placed 3rd in the overall competition, but AsNTM was the perfect platform to take Patricia to the next level.  The fashion world keeps hiring her, events want her as their emcee, and Patricia has also taken on radio and TV presenting as her new challenges. Did you catch her on 4 Girls & A Bucket List on Star World? If you didn’t the episodes are streaming on StarWorld’s YouTube Page 😉

Monika Sta Maria, Season 3

 

When she didn’t make it to Season 2 of AsNTM, Monika continued to maintain her focus and made the cut for season 3.

With her background in athletics and volleyball, all that determination and discipline is part of Monika’s DNA.  That, combined with Monika’s early modelling work, gave her a record 4 best-photo wins in the show. While keeping busy in her role as Brand Ambassador for Subaru (check out her hashtag on IG #sashathesubaru) and with fashion shoots around the region and beyond, Monika is now focusing on becoming a TV presenter. It’s definitely a new challenge for Monika but she’s proof that 1st runner ups can still win big! (Photo credits: @monikastamaria)

Tawan, Season 4

The statuesque Tawan — she stands at 1.78m! – won last year’s competition in the much buzzed about AsNTM finale.  Tawan aka the AsNTM Thai-ger has been kept very busy in London working with Storm Models on international campaigns of brands such as Adidas, Top Shop and Balmain, and even appearing in a music video by UK artist Dua Lipa.

Oh, and did we mention covers and more?

There can only be 1 winner, but the audience that tunes in to AsNTM can count on 1 thing – they can expect the unexpected!

Catch the AsNTM5 premiere on April 5th at 9pm on StarWorld.

PR Photoshoot Behind The Scenes

Winning the title is all down to survival of the fittest.  Now two episodes in, the contestants are coming to the realisation that this is not just a beauty pageant. This is a ruthless battle to become Asia’s Next Top Model.

It’s a jungle out there – and only one will come out on top. As the girls begin to hatch a game plan, they have a few tricks up their sleeves including these essential survival skills:

MOVE LIKE JAGGER

In this week’s dance challenge models needed to be able to use their bodies to express themselves. It’s not just about sitting pretty. Awareness of your body and how it moves is absolutely vital. Models must learn self-control and how to channel excitement and enthusiasm, as Heidi found out to her detriment.

A DAZZLING SMILE

The girls bear their teeth in this week’s photo shoot and show off their signature smiles. A great smile has the power to disarm.  The girls’ pearly whites were crucial to winning this challenge and charming the judges. A confident smile can be the key to success, so take care of your teeth and add a reliable whitening toothpaste to your survival kit.

AsNTM SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST