Asia's Next Top Model is a reality television show, based on the American franchise America's Next Top Model, in which a number of women compete for the title of Asia's Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry. The show will feature aspiring models from the entire Far East region, including South Asia subcontinent.
On April 11, 2012, it was publicly revealed that Nadya Hutagalung would take on the role of Head Judge and Host of the series. Fashion director Daniel Boey, fashion photographer Todd Anthony Tyler, and model Joey Mead-King took secondary roles as judges.
On September 12, 2014, Hutagalung announced her departure from the show via Twitter. On November 7, Star World announced that Georgina Wilson would be Hutagalung's replacement as the host of the show. It was announced on December 2, 2015 that Cindy Bishop joined Asia's Next Top Model (Cycle 4) as host and head judge alongside Indonesian model Kelly Tandiono (model mentor) and America's Next Top Model creative consultant Yu Tsai.
An extensive online search took place for the selection process. Models of Asian descent were encouraged to apply, but were required to speak and write in perfect English. All applicants were required to be between the ages of 17-27 and be at least 5'7, which follows the same format as the American counterpart of the show. Girls who previously participated in a national Top Model franchise could still apply for Asia's Next Top Model as long as they were not the winner, and were not professional models or endorsing any product or brand.
Link with Vietnam's Next Top Model
For the first season of the show, Vietnam's Next Top Model was appointed for scouting aspiring models throughout Vietnam. Thùy Trang Nguyễn, a fourth-placed contestant from the second season of the show, made it into the final round and represented Vietnam in the main competition.
Differences from the American version
There are a few key differences between this series and America's Next Top Model. While the height standards are the same as the American version (at least 5'7"), they aren't as heavily enforced, as some girls have been allowed to enter despite being slightly under the cut-off. The judges are more heavily involved in the challenges and photo shoots, also providing more constructive criticism to the girls, also acting as means of support if needed and generally providing more help. There is also the introduction of a 'mentor' for the girls, Joey Mead King, who helps coach the girls in various aspects of the modelling industry and acts as a general assistant to the girls during the photo shoots and challenges.
|Cycle||Premiere date||Winner||Runner(s)-up||Number of contestants||Destination(s)|
|1||November 25, 2012||Jessica Amornkuldilok||Kate Ma &|
|2||January 8, 2014||Sheena Liam||Jodilly Pendre||16|
|3||March 25, 2015||Ayu Gani||Monika Sta. Maria||14||None|
|4||March 9, 2016||TBA||TBA||14||TBA|
According to some crew members and judges, Daniel Boey included, Ice-TV did not pay them for their work on the show. Many crew members stated that they were not hired to work on a second season. Ice-TV stated that they were not able to hire them due to a withdrawal from two European sponsors. Daniel Boey explained that this was the reason for his departure from the show. Ice-TV was replaced by activeTV as the production company for the show's second season.
Cycle 2's episode 11 featured the top five models, Jodilly, Katarina, Marie, Nicole, and Sheena participating in a photo shoot for Malaysia Airlines. After the show took two weeks off to prolong the gap between the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 incident and the airing of the episode, the producers of the show decided to omit the episode entirely to respect those affected by the tragedy. The previews for the episode following episode 10 only featured Jodilly, Katarina, Marie, and Sheena. Sheena's photograph could still be seen as the 'photo of the week' banner for the episode that wasn't aired. The season picked up again with the top four episode just before the finale.
The episode was finally broadcast one month after the season finale, on May 8, 2014 during a season re-run in Indonesia.