Strutting their way to Asia Models Fest
A BEAUTICIAN and a computer science graduate are among the five representing the country in the 2017 Asia Models Festival Awards (AMFA) in South Korea next month.
The former is Jesiey Giam Siow Ching, 28, who came out tops in the female category, while the latter, Ooi Jin Hoon, 23, came in first place in the male category at the 2017 Face of Malaysia grand finale held at Mega Star Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
Giam, who also won the Most Photogenic Award that night, shed tears of joy when she was announced the winner.
“I am so happy that I may finally realise my dream of becoming a professional model.
“I ventured into the industry when I was 17 but the money was not enough; I had to concentrate on earning a living.
“But I have always wanted to go back to modelling.
“Age is an important factor in the modelling career.
“The clock is ticking for me, and it is either I pursue it now or never.
“So, I decided to try out in the competition and am so blessed to have won,” she said.
Giam said her favourite part about modelling was the photo shoots.
“I love being photographed. The most nerve-racking thing for me is the runway.
“I definitely need to polish my runway walk and be more confident during fashion shows,” said the beauty from Perak.
A fresh graduate from Perlis, Ooi, was equally excited about his win.
“A modelling agent spotted me two years ago and I decided to give it a try. But the journey has not been easy.
“I have participated in modelling competitions once before and came in third.
“The most difficult part about being a model for me is stripping down to my underwear.
“So, before such events, I spend hours on end in front of the mirror to convince myself that I can do it.
“The mental preparation for such photo shoots and ramp walks are tough.
“Besides that, I enjoy the experience. I am honoured to represent Malaysia as a model and am looking forward to seeing how the industry works in South Korea,” he said.
The other winners are Mindy Chan, Sanjnasuri Kishore Kumarsuri and Peter Lim Peng Khuang.
All five will vie for the ultimate Face of Asia title at the AMFA.
The finale saw 18 finalists strut the runways in clothing by Guess, Gavin, JW, AK, RSVP and Gene.
There was also a swim wear round in which the finalists paraded in pieces by Pop and Urban Niche.
The event also honoured 10 local celebrities with the “Celebrity of the Year” awards in recognition of the recognisable faces in the industry today.
The recipients were Daphne Iking, Arja Lee, Leng Yein, Monika Sta Maria, Ahya Rosli, Ning Baizura, Awal Ashaari, Scha Alyahya, Tong Bing Yu and Jordan Yeoh.
The 2017 Face of Malaysia was presented by Grandeur Joaillerie, jointly organised by Amber Chia and Plan 7 Production, and fully supported by the Korea Model Association, Oracle Medical Group and Korea Style Fashion Week.