The Jakarta Post
Actress Luna Maya will be among the judges of the first season of 'Indonesia's Next Top Model'. (Kompas.com/Kristianto Purnomo)
Indonesia will have its own televised modeling competition as Indonesia’s Next Top Model will start airing on NET. TV Saturday.
The show, an adaptation of America’s Next Top Model and Asia’s Next Top Model, has selected 16 finalists from all over Indonesia who joined the online audition in August.
Celebrities such as actress and model Luna Maya, Asia’s Next Top Model finalist Patricia Gouw and internet personality Deddy Corbuzier will act as judges, while choreographer Panca Makmun will act as mentor.
The competition is expected to open doors of opportunities beyond modeling for the finalists, Patricia said during an online press conference on Tuesday.
“After I came home [from the 2016 Asia’s Next Top Model], I got the opportunity to become a broadcaster, presenter, YouTuber and many other things in the entertainment industry,” said Patricia, who was the runner up in the competition.
She added that criticism she received from the judges during the competition only made her a stronger contender in the show and in real life.
Similarly excited, Luna said the modeling business in Indonesia was prepared and ready to welcome newcomers.
“Our modeling industry was once dominated by foreign [models], which is weird because we have a lot of Indonesian talent,” Luna said. (wng)
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