Asia's Next Top Model

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Asia's Next Top Model
Asia's Next Top Model logo.png
Asia's Next Top Model logo
Created by Tyra Banks
Presented by Cindy Bishop (4)
Nadya Hutagalung (1-2)
Georgina Wilson (3)

  • Cindy Bishop (4)
  • Kelly Tandiono (4)
  • Yu Tsai (4)
  • Former
  • Nadya Hutagalung (1-2)
  • Joey Mead-King (1-3)
  • Daniel Boey (1)
  • Todd Anthony Tyler (1)
  • Mike Rosenthal (2-3)
  • Adam Williams (2)
  • Georgina Wilson (3)
  • Alex Perry (3)
Country of origin Singapore
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 46 - 1
Executive producer(s) Glenn Sims (4-)
Running time 41 - 43
Production company(s) Ice-TV (s 1)
FIC (s 2-)
activeTV (s 2)
Beach House Pictures (s 3)
FremantleMedia (s 4)[1]
Distributor CBS Television Distribution (International)
Original network Star World
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25) – present
External links

Asia's Next Top Model (abbreviated as "AsNTM") is a reality television show, based on the American franchise America's Next Top Model, in which a number of aspiring models compete for the title of Asia's Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry. The show features models from the entire Far East region, including South Asia.


An extensive online search takes place for the selection process. Models of Asian descent are encouraged to apply, but are required to speak and write in perfect English. All applicants are required to be at least 16 and no older than 27 years of age, and at least 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) tall. Contestants who have previously participated in another Top Model franchise can still apply for the competition as long as they were not the winner, and are not currently under contractual obligations endorsing any product or brand.

Link with Vietnam's Next Top Model[edit]

For the first cycle, Vietnam's Next Top Model was appointed for scouting aspiring models throughout Vietnam. Trang Nguyen, who placed fourth on the second cycle of the show, made it into the final round and represented Vietnam in the main competition.[2] Mai Ngo, a finalist from the fourth cycle, participated on the fourth cycle of Asia's Next Top Model.


For the fourth season, Thai fashion model and beauty queen Cindy Bishop replaced Georgina Wilson as host and head judge of the show. Indonesian model Kelly Tandiono and former America's Next Top Model creative consultant Yu Tsai, together with Bishop, make up the all-new judging panel for the fourth season.

Previous judges of the show include photographers Todd Anthony Tyler (cycle 1) and Mike Rosenthal (cycles 2-3), creative director Daniel Boey (cycle 1) and fashion designer Alex Perry (cycle 3), model mentor Joey Mead King (cycle 1-3) and catwalk coach Adam Williams (cycle 2), and head judge Nadya Hutagalung (cycle 1-2).

Judge Cycle
Nadya Hutagalung
Host/Head Judge
Daniel Boey
Main Recurring
Todd Anthony Tyler
Joey Mead-King
Recurring Main/Mentor
Adam Williams
Guest Main
Mike Rosenthal
Main Recurring
Alex Perry
Guest Main
Georgina Wilson
Host/Head Judge Guest
Cindy Bishop
Host/Head Judge
Kelly Tandiono
Yu Tsai

Differences from the American version[edit]

There are a few key differences between Asia's Next Top Model and America's Next Top Model. While the height standards are the same as the American version,[3] they aren't as heavily enforced, as some girls have been allowed to enter despite being slightly under the cut-off.[4][5][6][7] There is also the introduction of a 'mentor' for the girls, Joey Mead King (cycles 1-3) and Kelly Tandiono (cycle 4), 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 Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants Destination(s)
25 November 2012 Thailand
Jessica Amornkuldilok
Kate Ma
Stephanie Retuya
Kyla Tan, Monica Benjaratjarunun (quit), Bei Si Liu, Jee Choi & Filantropi Witoko, Trang Nguyen, Rachel Erasmus, Melissa Th'ng, Helena Chan, Aastha Pokharel, Sofia Wakabayashi 14 Indonesia
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
8 January 2014 Malaysia
Sheena Liam
Jodilly Pendre
Jessie Yang, Elektra Yu, Bona Kometa, Jihye Moon, Thao Phan, Poojaa Gill, Sneha Ghosh & Janice Hermijanto, Tia Taveepanichpan, Natalie Pickles, Josephine Tan, Nicole Lee, Marie Nakagawa, Katarina Rodriguez 16 Hong Kong
Hong Kong
25 March 2015 Indonesia
Ayu Gani
Monika Sta. Maria
Shareeta Selvaraj, Kiana Guyon, Rani Ramadhany, Lorretta Chow & Celine Duong, Franchesca Lagua, Melissa Tan, KB Barlow, Tahlia Raji, Amanda Chan, Barbara Katsuki, Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw 14 None
9 March 2016 Thailand
Tawan Kedkong
Patricia Gunawan
South Korea
Sang In Kim
Maya Goldman, Tugs Saruul, Mai Ngo, Gwen Ruais, Alaiza Malinao (quit), Jessica Lam, Aldilla Zahraa, May Htet Aung, Tuti Noor, Angie Watkins, Julian Flores 14 None

Contestants per country[edit]

East and South Asia[edit]

Cycle China
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
South Korea
South Korea
1 Bei Si Liu Helena Chan Rachel Erasmus Sofia Wakabayashi N/A Aastha Pokharel Jee Choi Kate Ma
2 Jessie Yang Elektra Yu Sneha Ghosh Marie Nakagawa N/A N/A Jihye Moon Natalie Pickles
3 N/A KB Barlow
Lorretta Chow
N/A Barbara Katsuki N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 N/A Jessica Lam N/A N/A Tugs Saruul N/A Sang In Kim N/A

Southeast Asia[edit]

Cycle Indonesia
1 Filantropi Witoko Melissa Th'ng N/A Stephanie Retuya Kyla Tan Jessica Amornkuldilok
Monica Benjaratjarunun
Trang Nguyen
2 Janice Hermijanto
Bona Kometa
Sheena Liam
Josephine Tan
N/A Jodilly Pendre
Katarina Rodriguez
Nicole Lee
Poojaa Gill
Tia Taveepanichpan Thao Phan
3 Ayu Gani
Tahlia Raji
Rani Ramadhany
Melissa Tan
Shareeta Selvaraj
N/A Monika Sta. Maria
Amanda Chan
Franchesca Lagua
Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw Kiana Guyon Celine Duong
4 Patricia Gunawan
Aldilla Zahraa
Tuti Noor May Htet Aung Julian Flores
Alaiza Malinao
Gwen Ruais
Angie Watkins Tawan Kedkong
Maya Goldman
Mai Ngo
  • Bold text indicates winners.
  • Italic text indicates runners-up.



According to some crew members and judges, such as Daniel Boey, 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 cycle. Ice-TV stated that they were not able to hire them due to a withdrawal from two European sponsors.[8] 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 cycle.

Glenn Tan[edit]

Subaru executive Glenn Tan, who was a guest panelist in the fourth episode of cycle 4, sparked backlash on social media after reprimanding South Korean contestant Sang In Kim. Kim, who was told by Tan, "Who the fuck do you think you are to roll your eyes at me? If I'm the client, I am never, ever going to hire you!", was defended by fans of the show on Facebook. Executive producer of Asia's Next Top Model Sam Gollestani told the BBC, "Glenn provides the perspective of a client when choosing a model to front campaigns for products, which is why he was invited to be a guest judge this season. This scene is reflective of what considerations go into making these decisions when working in the fashion and modelling industry."[9][10]

Mai Ngo[edit]

In May 2016, twelfth-placing contestant Ngo Quynh Mai, from Vietnam, was fined VND22,500,000 (US$1,000) by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), after it was ruled that she had entered Asia's Next Top Model illegally. Vietnam's official rules specify that all people who participate in beauty competitions abroad must obtain secure permission from the MCST and have won at least one national title.[11] Mai had previously competed on the Vietnamese version of Top Model[12] and in Miss Universe Vietnam, but had not won any titles. It was reported that she was summoned to report to the MCST three times but had failed to do so.[11] The MCST had previously banned her from walking in Vietnam International Fashion Week in April. Mai claimed that she did not know that the rule applied to non-professional models, and applied for mitigation of penalty.[13]

Television ratings[edit]

Cycle Timeslot (UTC+08/+07) Season premiere Season finale Network Season Regional viewers
(in millions)
1 Sun 8:55/7:55 pm November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25) February 17, 2013 (2013-02-17) Star World 2012-2013 39[14]
2 Wed 9:40/8:40 pm[14] January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08) April 9, 2014 (2014-04-09) 2014 35
3 Wed 8:45/7:45 pm[15] March 25, 2015 June 17, 2015 2015 37,5
4 Wed 9:00/8:00 pm March 9, 2016 June 1, 2016 2016 36

International broadcasts[edit]

Asia's Next Top Model is broadcast in all parts of Asia via the cable channel Star World. In the past, the series was free to watch on the show's official YouTube channel, but the videos are currently set to private viewing.[16][17][18] All other local free-to-air channels air the series on a one-week delayed schedule.

Country/Region Channel Date Translated title Dub/Subtitle
Asia Star World November 25, 2012 N/A Subtitled in various languages in selected regions
Arab League Arab World OSN Al Yawm January 12, 2013 N/A
 Hong Kong TVB TBA
 Indonesia RCTI December 7, 2012 Subtitled in Indonesian
NET. February 8, 2014
 Japan TV Asahi March 9, 2013 Dubbed in Japanese
 Philippines Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action) (season 1) December 9, 2012 - March 3, 2013 N/A
Velvet (season 1) (now defunct)
(season 2)
(season 4)

January 16, 2014 - April 24, 2014
March 23, 2016 - June 11, 2016
GMA Network (season 3) April 19, 2015 - July 12, 2015
 Singapore Channel 5 December 2, 2012
Mio May 22, 2015
StarHub May 15, 2015
 South Korea OnStyle December 13, 2015
Channel 8 (season 1) December 4, 2012
Dubbed in Thai
Channel V Thailand (season 2) January 15, 2014
3SD (season 3) April 21, 2015
3 Family (season 4) March 20, 2016
 Taiwan Star World Taiwan November 25, 2012 亞洲超級名模生死鬥 N/A
 Vietnam Star World Vietnam November 25, 2012 Người mẫu hàng đầu châu Á Subtitled in Vietnamese
VTC - Let's Viet December 2, 2012 Dubbed in Vietnamese
VTC1 March 27, 2016

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fox International Channels announces season 4 of Asia’s Next Top Model". FremantleMedia. September 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Việt Nam tìm đại diện thi Asia's Next Top Model", by: Châu Sa, iOne, 2012-05-03.
  3. ^ "Do you want to join Asia's Next Top Model Season 2? | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Melissa & Rachel- Asia's Next Top Model Season 1.Asia's Next Top Model s1". 2012-11-25. Archived from the original on December 12, 2012. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Katarina - Asia's Next Top Model Season 2.Asia's Next Top Model s2". 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  6. ^ "Tia - Asia's Next Top Model Season 2.Asia's Next Top Model s2". 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Shareeta - Asia's Next Top Model Season 3.Asia's Next Top Model s3". Archived from the original on 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Asia Next Top Model SCANDAL". 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  9. ^ "Asia's Next Top Model sparks furious backlash after judge reduces a model to tears". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  10. ^ "Outrage after S Korean contestant lambasted on Asia's Next Top Model". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  11. ^ a b "Vietnamese model fined for entering 'Asia’s Next Top Model' without permission". Thanh Nien Daily. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  12. ^ "Trước Asia's Next Top Model, Quỳnh Mai là ai?". (in Vietnamese). 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  13. ^ "Thi chui tại Asia's Next Top Model, Quỳnh Mai chính thức bị xử phạt 22,5 triệu đồng". Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  14. ^ a b "Star World to Premiere Asia's Next Top Model S2 In January '14", Paris, date: 2013-10-03.
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  16. ^ "AsiasNextTopModel's channel". 
  17. ^ "AsiasNextTopModel". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  18. ^ "Asia's Next Top Model s2 - EPISODE #2". YouTube. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 

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