Vietnam's Next Top Model

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Vietnam's Next Top Model
Created by Tyra Banks
Presented by Vũ Anh Tuấn (live finale)
Hoàng Linh (finale correspondent)
Judges Nathan Lee (Presumably Head judge: 2010-1st)
Elizabeth Thủy Tiên (2010-1st)
Hoàng Ngân (2010-1st)
Vũ Nguyễn Hà Anh (Head judge: 2010-2nd)
Vũ Đức Hải (2010-2nd)
Huy Võ (2010-2nd)
Nguyễn Xuân Lan (Head judge: 2011-2012, 2014-present)
Phạm Hoài Nam (2011-2012)
Đinh Nam Trung (2011-present)
Đỗ Mạnh Cường (2011-2014)
Phạm Thị Thanh Hằng (Head judge: 2013-2014)
Samuel Hoàng (2014-present)
Theme music composer David Thomas - Les Pierce
Country of origin Vietnam
Original language(s) Vietnamese & English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 45 as of 25 November 2012
Executive producer(s) Lê Thị Quỳnh Trang
Nguyễn Văn Dần
Ryan Hoàng Hubris
Producer(s) Hoa Thanh Tùng
Location(s) Ho Chi Minh City
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Multimedia JSC
Distributor Multimedia JSC (domestically)
VTV (domestically)
CBS Television Distribution(internationally)
Original channel VTV
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original run September 30, 2010 – present
External links

Vietnam’s Next Top Model (Người mẫu Việt Nam or VNTM) is a Vietnamese reality television show in which a number of female contestants compete for the title of "Vietnam's Next Top Model". This chance comes with the opportunity to launch a career in the modeling industry with a prize, including cash and a feature in a fashion magazine among others.


The series features a group of young female contestants, aged between 18 and 25, who live together in a house for several months while taking part in challenges, photo shoots and meetings with members of the modelling industry. Normally, one poor-performing contestant is eliminated each week until the last contestant remaining is crowned "Vietnam's Next Top Model" and receives a modelling contract for representation and other prizes.


For details about the main formats of the show, including examples from the Vietnamese version, see Top Model series#Format description.

The first season of Vietnam's Next Top Model had 16 episodes and started with 15 contestants. The second season featured more hopefuls within 17 episodes. In each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though in rare cases a multiple elimination occurred by consensus of the judging panel. Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the season.


The first cycle was overseen by two panels of judges. The first one included male model Nathan Lee, who was set to host the whole season together with international female model Elizabeth Thủy Tiên and fashion designer Hoàng Ngân. They were however removed and replaced by Hà Anh, Huy Võ and Đức Hải immediately after the casting process.

During press reports for cycle two, the judging panel was renewed and increased in number by including more influential people in the Vietnamese fashion industry. Six former judging members (from two panels) did not return and were replaced by a new panel, including make-up artist Nam Trung, fashion designer Đỗ Mạnh Cường and fashion photographer Phạm Hoài Nam. Former model Xuân Lan took the host position and head judge over Hà Anh. Xuân Lan remained the host of the show for later cycles with the exception of cycle 4 when she was pregnant; Thanh Hằng was the host for that cycle.

Asia's Next Top Model cycle 2 judge Adam Williams has become a recurring guest judge since cycle 4. In cycle 5, Đỗ Mạnh Cường departed from the show and was replaced by Samuel Hoàng.

Judges Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Nathan Lee
Elizabeth Thủy Tiên
Nguyễn Hoàng Ngân
Vũ Nguyễn Hà Anh
Vũ Đức Hải
Huy Võ
Nguyễn Xuân Lan
Phạm Hoài Nam
Phạm Thị Thanh Hằng
Đinh Nam Trung
Đỗ Mạnh Cường
Samuel Hoàng
Adam Williams


Contestants auditioning must be between 18 and 25 years of age. Starting from cycle 2, girls must be at least 5'7" tall, a higher standard than the previous ones.[1] Starting from cycle 4, men are able to compete in the show. They must be at least 5'9" tall in order to qualify.


Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner-up Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants Destination(s)
1 September 30, 2010 Khiếu Thị Huyền Trang Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Lan Lại Thị Thanh Hương, Trần Lê Hoài Thương, Bùi Thị Thu Thùy, Nguyễn Thanh Hằng, Bùi Thị Hoàng Oanh, Nguyễn Diệp Anh, Hồ Mỹ Phương, Phạm Thị Hương, Nguyễn Giáng Hương, Đàm Thu Trang, Trần Thị Thu Hiền, Đỗ Thị Thanh Hoa, Nguyễn Thu Thủy 15 Vietnam
Phan Thiết
2 September 25, 2011 Hoàng Thị Thùy Nguyễn Thị Trà My Lưu Khánh Linh, Kikki Le, Huỳnh Thị Kim Tuyền, Dương Thị Dung, Phan Ngọc Phương Nghi, Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Oanh, Nguyễn Thùy Dương, Lê Thị Phương, Trần Thanh Thủy, Nguyễn Thị Tuyết, Nguyễn Thị Phương Anh, Nguyễn Thị Thùy Trang, Lê Thị Thúy 15 Vietnam
Buôn Ma Thuột
3 August 19, 2012 Mai Thị Giang Kha Mỹ Vân Nguyễn Thi Châm, Nguyễn Thi Hằng, Lương Thị Kim Loan, Lê Thị Hằng, Cao Thi Hà, Lê Thanh Thảo, Đỗ Thu Hà, Vũ Thị Minh Nguyệt, Nguyễn Thị Ngân, Dương Thị Thanh, Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Thúy, Nguyễn Thị Nhã Trúc, Cao Thị Thiên Trang 15 Vietnam
Hạ Long
United States
New York
4 October 6, 2013 Mâu Thị Thanh Thủy Vũ Tuấn Việt Nguyễn Quốc Minh Tòng, Lê Uyên Phương Thảo, Đỗ Thị Kim Ngân, Ngô Thị Quỳnh Mai, Tạ Thúc Bình, Phan Thị Thùy Linh, Phạm Thị Kim Thoa, Trần Mạnh Kiên, Nguyễn Trần Trung, Đinh Hà Thu, Nguyễn Thị Thanh, Trần Quang Đại, Dương Mạc Anh Quân, Nguyễn Thị Hằng, Lê Văn Kiên, Nguyễn Thị Chà Mi 18 Vietnam
Nha Trang
5 November 1, 2014 TBA TBA Nguyễn Văn Thắng, Hồ Văn Nam, Nguyễn Thị Thanh Tuyền, Lê Đức Anh, Lê Thị Kim Dung, Trần Yến Nhi, Phạm Công Toàn, Chế Nguyễn Quỳnh Châu, Lê Đăng Khánh, Phạm Tấn Khang
Still in the running:
Cao Thị Ngân, Đặng Văn Hội, Nguyễn Thị Oanh, Phạm Duy Anh, Tiêu Ngọc Linh, Tiêu Ngọc Linh, Tạ Quang Hùng
16 Australia

Criticism and controversies[edit]

At the beginning of producing season 1 and now season 2, the Vietnamese version of Top Model franchise faced up with so many issues that Người lao động, among well-known daily newspapers, dubbed the Vietnam show a clear failure of the original.[2]

Cycle 1[edit]


After just two episodes of the first season aired, there was a bunch of mess involved judges. Two panels of judges were revealed. The first panel included male model Nathan Lee, who was set to host the whole season together with his fellows: international female model Elizabeth Thủy Tiên and fashion designer Hoàng Ngân. They were all axed and were replaced by second panel when the main competition started. According to reports, producers axed Nathan Lee for many reasons, namely: conflicts, unprofessional work and objections to Elizabeth taking the host role.[3][4] The former panel and producers filed lawsuits against each other.[5][6]

After the first judging panel's quickfire departure, the second panel was introduced but failed to impress fashionistas.[7] Male model Đức Hải had only gained fame by appearing in made-for-television films rather than a model career. Huy Võ is new to the fashion audience and is better known as a judge of VNNTM after airing. It was also discovered Huy Võ was only a student at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising at the time of filming.[8]


The ultimate purpose of Top Model is to search for not only the winner but potential models from girls living an ordinary life. VNNTM has been criticized harshly for featuring girls who had worked previously as models.[7] Some among the first season's cast members who were discovered to have previously worked as models are Tuyết Lan (the runner-up), Đàm Thu Trang, Hoàng Oanh, Bích Trâm and Bảo Trân.

In an episode featuring the final five, Thu Hiền asked Đức Hải for a more clear reasons why her photo was deemed worst and then entered into an argument with him about on the attitude a professional model should have. She was sent home for her attitude rather than for having the worst photo of the week and received a 'Goodbye' in tears from Hà Anh.[9]

Unsecured info

Though the info of the show was leaked out, audience could easily know who was eliminated next due to some contestants' appearances on other shows before their elimination went to air.[10]


The entire screenplay of first season finale was reportedly taken from the fourth cycle finale of Germany's Next Topmodel.[11]

The final two girls and producers were also accused of playing trick on audiences when producing live photographs on stage. A photo of them appeared on screen before the photoshoot had started.[12]

Cycle 2[edit]


A new set of judges were introduced on the first day of auditions brought much happiness and excitement to the audience. Some critics have complained that this panel, which boasts loads of fashion industry expertise in Vietnam, had no international experience and was in contrast with axed panel.[13]


Responding to questions regarding the qualifications of a top model from VTC News, Ms. Thúy Nga Director of Elite Vietnam stated mostly body shapes of finalists were rough, not proportioned, had serious troubles of measurement and the face of no one had inspired her. She did emphasize 'being a Top Model for 3 months is unbelievable' and she also thought the competition was possibly considered a game show of recreation. [14]

At the beginning of the competition, head judge Xuân Lan unveiled Thùy Trang, Hoàng Oanh, Hoàng Thùy, Thùy Dương who had served as professional models with much modelling experience.

Dramatic acts / Boycott threats

Lê Thúy's crying prior to overcoming troubles, the request from Xuân Lan for contestant Lê Phương to praise her attractiveness over landscape, Khánh Linh's eligibility for VNTM by jumping into a swimming pool during cold weather confused viewers.[15][16][17] Some viewers doubted whether they were watching a drama rather than a reality show.[18]


During filming of the finalists; Hoàng Oanh, Thùy Dương and Phương Nghi were faced with a lawsuit from producers for leaking the elimination order prior to the final episode being aired. The lawsuit claimed the three girls should pay about $714.000 (15 billions VND) due to contract violation.[19][20][21]

First season head judge Hà Anh has also shown the intention to file a lawsuit in regards to her privacy in tweeting online.[22] She and Đức Hải had commented ironically about a runway challenge for a so-called top model winner in episode 9. The ironic joke seemed to raise tensions and thus they receive boycott.[23]

Post - Cycle 2 controversies[edit]

Around New York Fashion Week (NYFW F/W 2012), in which Huyền Trang (cycle 1 winner), Tuyết Lan (cycle 1 runner-up) and Hoàng Thùy (currently cycle 2 winner) participated, [24][25][26] Tuyết Lan was named cycle 1 winner over actual winner Huyền Trang, leading to a controversy on whether Huyền Trang was dethroned so that Tuyết Lan took all the advantages.[27][28] Exec Quỳnh Trang responded claiming it to be a typing mistake when making a formal request to enter New York City more easily and Huyền Trang was still the first ever winner.[29] When asked about New York Fashion Week in an interview, former host Hà Anh shared some of her real modelling experience, also revealing that Hoang Thuy and Tuyet Lan might not be walking at the actual New York Fashion Week (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week), based on the invitation letter. This upset producer Quỳnh Trang and fellow judge Đỗ Mạnh Cường, leading to tension and anger towards Hà Anh.[30][31][32][33][34] Hà Anh then accused the exec of rigging the show and accused her of unfairly treating Huyền Trang.[35] She also revealed that Quỳnh Trang might have misled the audience in Vietnam and that neither Lan nor Thùy got chances at NYFW through the show executive but from H.Trang herself.[36] Fellow judge Huy Võ, from team Hà Anh, thought H.Trang was too nice to steel the main prizes of the original cycle.[31][35][37][38] Later H.Trang tweeted confirmation of Hà Anh's statements and on not receiving the 1 billion VND modelling contract, a trip to NY for training nor a contract with Revlon cosmetics worth 200 million. Trang even declared to seriously break her relationship with the show.[39] Responding via the show's official Facebook page, the show found HTrang and they were misunderstanding each other and thus H.Trang herself violated rules to destroy contracts.[26][40] A make-up artist from season 1 crews laid all the blame on Q.Trang's unprofession, not on Revlon particularly nor on H.Trang.[41]

On behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, vice headmaster of Performing Art Agency Nguyễn Thành Nhân criticized Vietnam Television (even though it did not help in producing the show) suggesting VTV should reject the rights to owning VNNTM.[42][43]


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