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Jakarta Post

Urban Chat: Roaring Asian tigresses are coming

  • Lynda Ibrahim

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 11 2016   /  09:31 am

Yes, Ramadhan has arrived. Guess what else has arrived? The new coterie of Asia’s top models. (What, we can’t talk about models while observing Ramadhan? C’mon now.)

Asia’s Next Top Model, one of the franchises spurned from America’s Next Top Model, a highly successful reality show created and produced by former supermodel Tyra Banks more than a decade ago. The Asian franchise has only run for four seasons, but it has considerably taken Asia by a storm and, judged from my comfy sofa, turned the Australian franchise pale in comparison.   

Perhaps it’s the advantage of sourcing the show’s main cast and supporting elements from various countries in Asia. Hosts, jurors, mentors, contestants, photographers and sponsors hail from different parts of Asia, most notably Southeast Asia. There’s a healthy rivalry among contestants, and likewise the audience, ...