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