Asia's Next Top Model (cycle 1)

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Asia's Next Top Model, Cycle 1
AsiaNTM1 promo.jpg
Cycle 1 cast
Country of origin Singapore
No. of episodes 13[1]
Release
Original channel STAR World
Original release November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25) – February 17, 2013 (2013-02-17)
Season chronology
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Cycle 2

Asia's Next Top Model, Cycle 1 (abbreviated as AsiasNTM or "AsNTM") is a reality television show in which a number of women compete for the title of Asia's Next Top Model and a chance to begin their career in the modeling industry. The show features aspiring models from the entire Asia-Pacific region. The international destinations for this cycle were Batam, Indonesia and Hong Kong. This cycle's promotional song was Fashion Show by Cory Lee.

Among the prizes for the season were a modeling contract with top modeling agency Storm Model Management, a 3-month all expenses paid working trip to London, the opportunity to appear on the cover of Harper's Bazaar Singapore, a cash prize of 100,000 Singaporean Dollars, the chance to become the new face of Canon IXUS' 2013 campaign, and a brand new Subaru XV[2]

The winner of the competition was 27 year-old Jessica Amornkuldilok from Thailand.

Episode summaries[edit]

Episode 1: Which Girl Can Handle the Limelight?[edit]

First aired November 25, 2012
Aired online December 14, 2012

The chosen fourteen girls were met by host Nadya Hutagalung at a high-end shopping district along Orchard Road in Singapore where she introduced the cycle's judging panel. Nadya then revealed that the girls would immediately get the competition started with a runway challenge. Some of the girls struggled with their outfit and walk, but ultimately it was Trang that was declared the winner, winning a $5,000 shopping spree from Wisma Atria for a new wardrobe.

  • Challenge winner: Nguyễn Thị Thuỳ Trang

After the challenge, the girls then moved to their new house where they started to choose rooms and settled down.

The next day, the girls were brought to Little India for their first photo shoot where they were greeted by judge Daniel Boey along with designers Afton Chen and Louis Koh from Reckless Ericka. The girls were then ecstatic upon finding out that judge Todd Anthony Tyler would be their photographer for the shoot. They were then asked to model clothes from Reckless Ericka while working a prop and were asked to act quirky. Stephanie, Rachel, Jessica and Helena impressed Tyler, most of the girls struggled to act quirky while working their props.

After the shoot, Trang goes on a shopping spree as her prize for the challenge. Upon returning to the house, she brought presents for all the girls, to everyone's delight.

At panel, most of the girls received negative feedback from their shots. Stephanie, Rachel and Helena impressed the judges for embracing the point of the shoot. Melissa expressed how she lacked experience in the industry but planned to absorb as much information as she could. Kyla was criticized for posing awkward instead of quirky during the shoot. Nadya asked Kate to present herself more properly when being called forward for critique. Ultimately, Melissa's inexperience and Kyla's flat performance landed them in the bottom two spot. In the end, Melissa was deemed to have more potential by the judges, and Kyla became the first girl to be eliminated.

  • First call-out: Helena Chan
  • Bottom two: Kyla Tan & Melissa Th'ng
  • Eliminated: Kyla Tan
  • Featured Photographer: Todd Anthony Tyler
  • Special guests: Afton Chen, Louis Koh, Lauren Clarke Jensen

Episode 2: Which Girl Can Stand Out?[edit]

First aired December 2, 2012
Aired online December 19, 2012

The remaining girls were greeted by runway coach Joey Mead King and runway trainer Adam Williams for a runway tutorial, then the girls were introduced to their challenge which was a fashion show for Singaporean designer Thomas Wee at the L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon located within Resorts World Sentosa. Although some of the girls improved their walk, Trang emerged victorious and won the reward challenge, which was a gown to be made especially for her by Thomas Wee and a dinner with two friends at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. She chose Aastha and Stephanie to join her in the dinner, upsetting Helena who was celebrating her birthday at that time.

  • Challenge winner: Nguyễn Thị Thuỳ Trang

Back at the house, tensions were flaring when the girls from the reward challenge returned as the other girls were celebrating Helena's birthday. Some of the girls expressed that it was unfair for them to have Trang, who had prior modelling experience, to compete with them in the competition.

The second photo shoot session took place at former Tanjong Pagar railway station, with the girls worked in groups wearing Prada while portraying virtual princesses. The best group photo would have their photo featured as an editorial spread in Harper's Bazaar.

Group Models
One Filantropi, Helena, Kate, Monica
Two Aastha, Bei Si, Sofia, Trang
Three Jee, Jessica, Melissa, Rachel, Stephanie

Trang's shoes dragged her down on her shoot, Jee and Stephanie both got bad critiques on their shoot, and Filantropi was told that she was the worst of the bunch. After the photo shoot, Monica received news that her father was ill and she had to go to him, which led to her withdrawal from the competition.

  • Quit: Monica Benjaratjarunun

At panel, group 2 received the most praise, specifically Aastha and Sofia, while Trang received nice comment. In group 1, Helena shone while Filantropi was heavily critiqued. In group 3, Jessica received praise while Jee and Stephanie both received bad feedback. Although Rachel's picture received praise as well, she was taken out of the panel after collapsing on set to receive medical attention.

Ultimately, the second group won and their picture was chosen to be featured on Harper's Bazaar. Jee and Stephanie landed in the bottom two for their lackluster photographs, but Nadya then announced that no one would be going home since Monica had decided to leave the competition, sparing both girls from elimination.

  • First call-out: Aastha Pokharel
  • Bottom two: Jee Choi & Stephanie Retuya
  • Not called out at panel: Rachel Erasmus
  • Eliminated: None
  • Special guests: Adam Williams, Thomas Wee, Junita Simon, Kenneth Goh

Episode 3: Which Girl Can Own a New Look?[edit]

First aired December 9, 2012
Aired online December 24, 2012

After being in the bottom two, Stephanie was revealed that she already has a daughter. Soon the girls were surprised to find out that they would be having their makeovers. At the salon, Jessica and Rachel embraced their new short hair, while Aastha complained about it. Kate received honey blonde hair, Jee received very fiery red hair, Helena received a Victoria Beckham-inspired look, while Trang and Filantropi both received a similar hairstyle. Right after the makeover, Jee celebrated her birthday.

For the photo shoot, the remaining models traveled to Hong San See temple and embodied the twelve Chinese zodiac animals in the Chinese calendar.

Model Chinese zodiac
Aastha Rat
Bei Si Dog
Filantropi Dragon
Helena Tiger
Jee Ox
Jessica Rabbit
Kate Monkey
Melissa Pig
Rachel Horse
Sofia Snake
Stephanie Rooster
Trang Goat

Jee and Stephanie impressed everyone during the shoot, Helena got into her wild character very much while Aastha, Bei Si and Trang struggled. At panel, most of the girls received good critique. Helena received a second first call-out, while Aastha and Bei Si landed in the bottom two for their mediocre photographs. Aastha was later saved from elimination and Bei Si was sent home.

  • First call-out: Helena Chan
  • Bottom two: Aastha Pokharel & Bei Si Liu
  • Eliminated: Bei Si Liu
  • Featured Photographer: Akif Hakan
  • Special guests: Saksit Pisalasupongs

Episode 4: Which Girl Exudes Sexy?[edit]

First aired December 16, 2012
Aired online December 31, 2012

The girls were taught by model mentor Joey Mead-King on how to pose sexily in pictures. At the challenge, Joey asked the girls to dress up sexily for their challenge, which was to bring any object and to make sexy poses with it. Aastha and Jessica impressed Joey, but it was Helena who won the challenge. As her prize, she was able to go out to dinner with Joey and Todd Anthony Tyler, bringing along two other friends. She chose Rachel and Jee to accompany her for the dinner date. During the dinner, Helena dominated the conversation and talked about herself and promoted herself to the judges. The two judges and the other girls seemed uncomfortable. The girls thought that Helena's poses were great, and they all agreed that she simply 'got lucky' because she had chosen a phone as her prop.

  • Challenge winner: Helena Chan

At the photo shoot, the girls were asked to pose with celebrity and hot host Jason Godfrey. Trang had a wardrobe malfunction, as she forgot to bring tampons during her period. Kate played boxing when she was waiting for her turn. Both models were then heavily scolded by Daniel. Some of the girls excelled in the shoot, as Jee found the shoot awkward, Filantropi struggled, and Helena pushed her sexiness way too far. Kate was castigated for being too jolly and stiff at her shoot.

At panel, most of the girls received positive feedback. Melissa and Stephanie were praised for looking sexy in their photos despite not looking so sexy in person. Trang apologized to the judges for her wardrobe malfunction and was subsequently praised for trying something different in her photo this week. Jessica delivered a good shot, but was told to be aware of the positioning of her mouth. Sofia pulled off a stunning photo, but was criticized for being self-conscious about her height, of which Jason encouraged her to embrace instead. Rachel was commented for being the only girl to make eye contact with Jason in her shot, but Nadya warned her about her otherwise poor photos she produced. Aastha excelled in her photo, but was noted for her weak self-confidence on the set. On the other hand, Jee was criticized for her nearly unusable frames, Helena was chided for being overly sexy, and Filantropi and Kate were slated for failing to connect with Jason during the photo shoot. After her photo was heavily critiqued, Kate read aloud a personal letter she wrote to the judges in an effort to prove to them that she is serious about the competition.

During elimination, Sofia received her first call-out, while Jee and Filantropi landed in the bottom two; both for their uninspiring photos and lack of progress. In a shocking twist, Nadya sent both girls packing as they were told they had run out of time to improve in the competition.

  • First call-out: Sofia Wakabayashi
  • Bottom two: Filantropi Witoko & Jee Choi
  • Eliminated: Filantropi Witoko & Jee Choi
  • Featured Photographer: Todd Anthony Tyler
  • Special guests: Jason Godfrey

Episode 5: Style & Taste[edit]

First aired December 23, 2012
Aired online January 07, 2013

The remaining models went back to the house after elimination and found Filantropi's letter stuck on the fridge door. In her letter she gave advice and motivations to all the girls. She also told Helena that she understood her competitive nature in the competition but she pleaded her not being too mean to the other girls, especially to Melissa. Helena seemed shock and upset with this. She told the other girls to be confident and worked harder. The girls then met Joey Mead-King and Jeannie Mai for a challenge in Parco Next, where they were split up into groups of three and were assigned to style themselves in different categories.

Models Styling Theme
Melissa, Rachel & Stephanie Sexy
Jessica, Kate & Trang Edgy
Aastha, Helena & Sofia Quirky

The quirky group became uncoordinated with their styles, while the sexy group went against the style that was assigned to them. In the edgy group, Trang told Jessica to change her pink outfit for a black one, but Jessica ignored Trang and kept her style instead. The edgy group won the overall challenge, but it was Jessica who won individually.

  • Challenge winner: Jessica Amornkuldilok

The girls traveled to Nongsa Point Marina and Resort located at Batam, Indonesia for their photo shoot, which was to embody a refined French Rivera woman. Kate excelled during her shoot, whilst Stephanie had a hard time opening her eyes, and Jessica inspired the photographer with her performance. Trang struggled to understand the photographer which angered Daniel because Trang wasn't able to communicate well in English.

At the panel Kate received the best photo, Aastha and Jessica followed her suit, while Melissa and Trang landed in the bottom; Melissa for not looking like a model in person and Trang because of her poor communication in English and for not asking whenever she didn't understand the instructions. In the end, Melissa was saved by the judges and Trang was eliminated.

  • First call-out: Kate Ma
  • Bottom two: Melissa Th'ng & Nguyễn Thị Thuỳ Trang
  • Eliminated: Nguyễn Thị Thuỳ Trang
  • Featured Photographer: Chuck Reyes
  • Special guests: Jeannie Mai

Episode 6: Good Hair Day[edit]

First aired December 30, 2012
Aired online January 15, 2013

After Trang went home, all of the remaining models were shocked. A close friendship had brewed between Rachel and Kate. For the reward challenge, the girls were asked to write their own script and to perform a commercial for TRESemmé hair products. All of the girls struggled, saved it for Aastha who ultimately won the challenge, which made Helena jealous.

  • Challenge winner: Aastha Pokharel

Later, the girls had a beauty shoot for TRESemmé. Most of the models performed well. Kate and Rachel struggled, while Helena was reprimanded for being overly sexy.

At panel Jessica, Stephanie and Aastha were highly praised, while Melissa was told that she was beginning to improve. The judges deemed Sofia's photograph to be the best, and she received her second first call-out. Helena was warned by the judges about her over-sexiness in photos. Rachel and Kate found themselves in the bottom two, both for being plain. Ultimately, Kate was saved and Rachel was sent home because the judges felt that she wasn't standing out and progressing significantly as the competition went on.

  • First call-out: Sofia Wakabayashi
  • Bottom two: Kate Ma & Rachel Erasmus
  • Eliminated: Rachel Erasmus
  • Featured Photographer: Zhang Jingna

Episode 7: Face Value[edit]

First aired January 6, 2013
Aired online January 22, 2013

After Rachel left, Kate felt that she had lost some of her strength. Afterwards the girls were taught all about runway makeup by some experts accompanied by Joey Mead-King. After the tutorial, Joey announced to the girls that their challenge was to recreate the makeup they had seen during the tutorial. Sofia won the challenge, and she chose Kate to accompany her for a spa treatment at Resorts World Singapore. Kate thought that she should be the make-up challenge winner and the second best were supposedly Helena.

  • Challenge winner: Sofia Wakabayashi

Back at the house, Sofia also received a gift, but some of the girls hid her prizes and replaced them with toilet paper and slippers, which made Sofia feel disrespected when she finally found out.

For the photo shoot, the girls were asked to do an environmental campaign. Jessica and Stephanie both impressed everyone. Kate received remarks about her arms, while Aastha, Helena, Melissa and Sofia struggled.

At panel, few of the girls did impress the judges. Helena said that her bad shoulder was the one to blame for her poor performance during her shoot, but the judges did not believe her. Jessica received best photo for her stunning and believable shot, while Helena and Melissa were placed in the bottom two for their weak photographs. Before saving Helena, Nadya scolded her for her bad attitude at panel and then sent Melissa home. After Melissa's departure, Helena began to have a panic attack.

  • First call-out: Jessica Amornkuldilok
  • Bottom two: Helena Chan & Melissa Th'ng
  • Eliminated: Melissa Th'ng
  • Featured Photographer: Kevin Ou
  • Special guests: Elaine Tan

Episode 8: Mannerism & The Big Red Dress[edit]

First aired January 13, 2013
Aired online January 29, 2013

The episode started with Helena's panic attack issue, but fortunately it was revealed that she's not alright all along. She then commented on how she didn't need the judges' advice because she knew what she did. Later on, both Nadya and Joey dropped on their house to invite the girls to join them in a mini-challenge about how to act gracefully as a model in an event. They were taught on how to do a good modeling, either at photo shoots or at an event. Aastha struggled with chopsticks, Helena was surprisingly calm after her whole issue last panel, but ultimately it was Jessica who won the challenge for being the most graceful girl from the rest. She won the reward of a spa treatment with Nadya.

  • Mini-challenge winner: Jessica Amornkuldilok

Then the main challenge was up, i.e. a red carpet event for Farah Khan. Kate, Stephanie, Helena and Jessica all shone, while Aastha and Sofia struggled all alone. In the end, it was revealed that Helena won her eighth challenge, and her prize was a Farah Khan dress which she wore for the party.

  • Challenge winner: Helena Chan

All the girls seemed happy for her, except Sofia. This led Sofia to confront Helena in front of the other girls back at home, and while Helena thought Sofia is fake, Sofia herself thought that Helena is mean. The discussion ended shortly thereafter, which left Sofia in disgust of Helena's bad attitude.

The next day, the girls were brought up to the Universal Studios Singapore, where they were greeted by Daniel Boey and their photographer for the day, Toons. The photo shoot was about an haute couture red dress, with length approximately 100 metres and weight 15 kilograms. Helena was shot first, who was noted by Daniel as looking more like a ballerina than a model. Aastha was concerned about her dead-eyes habit again, while Sofia managed to pose with her armpit facing the camera all the time. Jessica owned the dress and consistently kept her strong facial expression, while Stephanie was an epic fail, both the dress and the expression. The last one, Kate, brought so much humor and energy to the set, and getting better after falling down the stairs.

During the judging panel, all the girls except Stephanie received praise from the judges. Helena was told she looks like a bird-of-paradise in her photo, but was warned that it was only a lucky shot. Sofia was told she looks like an Angry Bird, while Kate was universally praised for her outstanding photo. Jessica received similar praise from the judges as well, for owning the dress and her face, while Aastha was told she needs to keep her energy during the shoot. Stephanie, however was told that she had been slipping down and her photo was clearly the worst out of the sea of amazing photos this week.

In the end, Jessica received her second consecutive first call-out, quickly followed by Kate. Aastha was surprisingly called third, and Helena joined them afterwards. This left Sofia and Stephanie in the bottom two position; Sofia for her inability to master her angles and Stephanie for performing the worst the whole week, both in the challenge and the photo shoot. In the end, the judges thought that both still had many things to prove and they were both saved from elimination. This marked Stephanie's second time in the non-elimination bottom-two, after week 2.

  • First call-out: Jessica Amornkuldilok
  • Bottom two: Sofia Wakabayashi & Stephanie Retuya
  • Eliminated: None
  • Featured Photographer: Toon Liang
  • Special guests: George Young, Yuan Sng

Episode 9: Beyond Comfort[edit]

First aired January 20, 2013
Aired online February 05, 2013

Back to the house the girls relieved their stress of the competition by jumping to the pool with their clothes on. The following day, Joey told the girls they would each be shooting a TV commercial for Playboy fragrance. Jessica acted with no script but she did not look sexy, Kate did a creative take on her commercial, while Helena and Stephanie were impressive in front of the camera. In the end, Helena won the challenge and got the prize of a Playboy hamper, an exclusive perfume with Swarovski elements, a friend of an unaired daytrip to Universal Studios Singapore and an extra 15 minutes on the next photo shoot session.

  • Challenge winner: Helena Chan

For the photo shoot, it was revealed that they had to do a mermaid-themed underwater shoot in a pool, wearing the creation of Filipino designer Michael Cinco. Aastha was worried about the theme since she cannot swim, while Jessica was determined to get another best photo. First to go was Kate, whom Daniel complimented for her confidence. Jessica received praise from both Daniel and Aaron for following every advice and for giving many different poses. Helena interpreted the shoot as being Medusa, which Daniel noted as an interesting take, but Aaron felt that her poses were not high-fashion. Aastha managed to overcome her fear of swimming, while Sofia did not fare too well although managed to make a lucky shot. Stephanie felt a bit uneasy underwater, which stemmed from a past incident during scuba diving, in which she was almost drowned.

Jessica's determination proved right as she received her third consecutive best photo, while Sofia bounced back as the runner-up, though the judges warned her about having only one good shot. Kate's pose was deemed too athletic but landed her third, with Aastha getting the fourth place. Stephanie and Helena landed in the bottom two for having an awkward pose and for not following the theme. In the end, Nadya gave the last photo to Stephanie. Helena first hugged her closest friend Stephanie, but ironically she was the one being eliminated.

  • First call-out: Jessica Amornkuldilok
  • Bottom two: Helena Chan & Stephanie Retuya
  • Eliminated: Helena Chan
  • Featured Photographer: Aaron Wong
  • Special guests: Michael Cinco, Fons Houtkamp, Lauren Clarke Jensen

Episode 10: Girls on the Move[edit]

First aired January 27, 2013
Aired online February 12, 2013

Helena's elimination drew mixed reactions from the remaining girls. Kate and Sofia rejoiced Helena's elimination, but Stephanie and Aastha received a note from Helena and were quite saddened with her leaving.

The girls met Joey and Sheena Seah, an international choreographer at Danz People, who mentored them on how to pose and how to move gracefully. Thereafter, the girls met Paula Taylor, a popular model and a well-known VJ in Thailand. Paula taught them how to combine poses with facial expression to capture the right emotion. They were then taken to the Subaru headquarters, where they met Todd, Daniel and the executive director of Subaru, Glenn Tan. They were told that their next challenge was to make a motion editorial for the Subaru XV sports utility vehicle. Each of the girls were assigned a certain persona to be portrayed.

Model Persona
Aastha Glamorous Partygoer
Jessica Sophisticated Lady of Leisure
Kate Fun and Easygoing Nature Lover
Sofia Corporate Business Woman
Stephanie Fashionable Shopper

After taping had concluded, Daniel announced that the winner of the challenge is Jessica. She got a Subaru package and $1,000 shopping spree at Tyan Boutique at the ION Orchard.

  • Challenge winner: Jessica Amornkuldilok

At their photo shoot, the photographer was again judge Todd Anthony Tyler. The theme was about movement and passion, as they were supposed to give good poses yet with a strong expression in their face.

Kate jumped and moved around the set freely, and Todd stated that he could feel her passion for the shoot and enjoyed shooting her. Sofia got good feedback but Todd felt as if she was limiting herself to one space. Aastha complained that her dress and hair were hard to work with and Daniel informed her that her poses were quite good, but her face seemed lacking in variety. Jessica looked passionate from the beginning and used all her space, jumping and giving good facial expressions. Stephanie did well but Todd said she needed more fire in her eyes and that her passion wasn't coming through even though he was sure she had that deep inside her.

At panel, they were first judged for their motion editorials. Sofia, Jessica and Aastha received praise for giving convincing commercials. Kate was praised for giving energy, albeit being the wrong type of energy. When asked about how she was feeling, Stephanie told the judges that she was feeling better compared to the previous week, and later she was advised by Nadya to just keep pushing harder. However, her motion editorial was criticized by Todd for being plain boring. When they started judging the photos, Kate and Jessica's photos were recognized by the judges as the most passionate ones. Sofia and Stephanie's shots were generally well received, but were still chastised for lacking the passion and energy that Kate and Jessica showed in their photos. Aastha was criticized for her demeanor at panel and on the set, and for her photo that although had a great pose, her face was still blank.

The girls were later called back and Jessica received her fourth consecutive first call-out. She was soon followed by Kate, and then Sofia. Stephanie landed in the bottom two for the fourth time with Aastha. Stephanie was castigated for always playing it safe and while the judges were glad to see her making progress throughout the competition, they were concerned if she would be able to catch up with the other girls. Aastha was called an exotic beauty but was chided for her attitude. In the end, Aastha was sent home because of her lack of confidence and for not showing much enthusiasm.

  • First call-out: Jessica Amornkuldilok
  • Bottom two: Aastha Pokharel & Stephanie Retuya
  • Eliminated: Aastha Pokharel
  • Featured Photographer: Todd Anthony Tyler
  • Special guests: Sheena Seah, Paula Taylor, Glenn Tan

Episode 11: The Story So Far - The Road To Top 4[edit]

First aired February 03, 2013
Aired online February 08, 2013

As seen on other Top Model competitions, this cycle features a recap episode where it shows a flashback of the moments that happened during the entire season. Especially Kate's attitude that exudes a great personality among other girls in the competition. The episode has shown five sets of never-before-seen footage which includes Monica's playful character as she made fun of the girls when she looked like a clown. It also shows how the girls called their loved ones. Jessica's talk with her boyfriend made her strong and fight, Helena missed her boyfriend and cried to him over the phone, and Kate's hilarious conversation with her boyfriend was the highlight of the recap episode.

In episode 8, after Helena's alleged panic attack, she was then visited by model mentor Joey Mead-King whom she gave a shoulder to cry on. In episode 9, Helena also entertained Kate by reenacting the judges. Meanwhile in episode 10, Joey gave a surprise by serving the girls first class meal by celebrity chef, Emmanuel Stroobant. Joey shared her stories and experiences during their dinner date.

When the episode comes to its closing, Daniel visited the Top 4 girls and gave advice and tips on how the girls should get dressed for casting. Kate had a feeling that Daniel had a secret, and she guessed that they would be going somewhere. Kate was very confident about that and expected to see herself on London's streets. As the show closed, the girls were left with a surprise box and it evidently showed that they were all beaming with happiness. In the following episode, it was expected that the final four girls would go to Hong Kong for their next shoot as they all took their high fashion profiles to the next level.

  • Special guests: Emmanuel Stroobant

Episode 12: Hong Kong Extravaganza[edit]

First aired February 10, 2013
Aired online February 14, 2013

Kate and Sofia were eager to break Jessica's best photo record. Back at the house Aastha had left a letter and told Kate that she sometimes annoy people. Kate was very surprised and asked Sofia if it was true, and Sofia reluctantly said 'sometimes'. Stephanie and Jessica who were there as well chose to keep quiet. Kate who was very upset simply ignored Sofia. The girls then found out that they were going to Hong Kong. Best photo last week, Jessica received a spa treatment as a bonus. Kate declined Sofia's invitation to try the Jacuzzi, since she still felt upset about what Sofia had said earlier.

Later on, Nadya brought a special guest star, model Cara Grogan to give the girls some modeling tips. Then they were introduced to their next challenge, which is to attend go-sees around Hong Kong. Jessica impressed most of the clients, Stephanie excelled only at the runway-based castings, whilst Kate often got noted for her over-the-top personality. One of the clients was impressed with Sofia but she didn't get the booking because her height was above 180 cm. In the end, Jessica won the challenge by booking three of the castings, and won a two-night stay at Hotel Mira. Stephanie and Kate both book two castings while Sofia booked none.

  • Challenge winner: Jessica Amornkuldilok

Nadya then told Sofia that she should not get worried about not booking any jobs, because she might not be suitable for the ads or campaign that those particular clients were looking for. Sofia said that she understood that yet it was obvious that she was very disappointed with herself. As a bonus, Nadya treated the girls for a night-out in Hong Kong, where they enjoyed themselves by cruising around and having a great time together.

The next photo shoot was about 1920's-inspired modern Chinese screen goddesses in the streets of Hong Kong. Akif Hakan returned as their photographer after having previously taken their photos for the Chinese Zodiac shoot in Episode 3. Jessica managed to own the streets even though it's quite crowded. Stephanie on the other hand was the exact opposite, as she fell flat even though there were barely any people on her set. Kate's arms started to go crazy but then she held a pole with one hand and swung her dress with another, and finally making it work. Sofia had a very hard time on set mainly because of her dress was too long and hit the floor which made her very hard to pose, especially when the dress was very tight, and hence she failed to impress Akif.

At judging panel the judges were all equally pleased by the girls' photos and congratulated Jessica for booking the most jobs during the go-sees. Kate's photo was universally praised and she's announced as the first finalist to get a spot in the top 3. Jessica shortly followed Kate as being the second finalist, leaving Stephanie and Sofia facing the bottom two together for the second time. The two male judges preferred Sofia while both the other judges preferred Stephanie's photo. Stephanie was once again saved and was chosen as the third finalist. Sofia was eliminated for not being able to book a single job and having the arguably weakest photo. Stephanie made an all-time record in the Top Model franchise by surviving a total of five bottom two appearances before the finale and surviving four consecutive bottom two appearances.

  • First call-out: Kate Ma
  • Bottom two: Sofia Wakabayashi & Stephanie Retuya
  • Eliminated: Sofia Wakabayashi
  • Featured Photographer: Akif Hakan
  • Special guests: Cara Grogan, Jonathan Li, Jane Lombard, Sue Ng, Fons Houtkamp, Christelle Simeon, Jing Wong, Dirk Dalichau, Wendy Mak

Episode 13: Finale[edit]

First aired February 17, 2013
Aired online February 21, 2013

The final three did a commercial for Canon IXUS. Kate was first to deliver. Nadya made sure that Kate did follow the brief. Despite following the brief, she looked nervous at times and she needed to look more fun. In the end, she showed more energy. Jessica dubbed her lines a few times, but it ended up sounding horrible. Nadya opined that her commercial was tiny bit posey. Stephanie forgot her lines and she looked like she's trying to remember them. In the end, Nadya liked Stephanie's smize and she was the most calm amongst the three girls.

The girls later met Daniel Boey and Kenneth Goh, fashion director of Harper's Bazaar. Joey was also there, but she was apparently in a different room with Jessica's boyfriend, Stephanie's boyfriend and Kate's brother.

Kate's dress was too tight. She could not give much variation on her poses, but Kate started getting better towards the end of the session. Kenneth realizes that Kate had been trying so hard. After the photo shoot, Kate met Joey and was surprised when Inan, Kate's brother, was there too. They both talked in Portuguese. Joey also told Kate that Inan cried when he was watching her photo shoot. Kate did not expect his coming to her set because she thought her brother was supposed to be in Brazil.

Stephanie did not work well with her outfit. After the photo shoot, she came to Joey and cried because her photo shoot did not go well. Mir Kim, Stephanie's boyfriend who was also there tried to calm her by showing her the pictures of her daughter.

Jessica felt better after she cried as she became much focused. Joey and her boyfriend, Joe Pao-In, in the other room could even feel her spirit shining through. Kenneth thought that she gave the right S-curve that Harper's Bazaar looks for. She also made her outfit looks very expensive. After the photo shoot, she cried when she met Joey because she was happy. She cried even harder when she saw her boyfriend there with Joey. He then gave her a bracelet as a present.

The top three girls met Daniel again later, as he revealed that the girls would walk in a final runway show. At the fashion show, they were joined by eliminated contestants Trang, Sofia, Aastha, Filantropi, Kyla, Helena and America's Next Top Model, Cycle 18 winner Sophie Sumner. Tyra Banks made her appearance in the show and she opened the runway with her short speech. It was evident from the start that Jessica was the clear stand-out on the catwalk stage amongst the top three.

During final deliberation, Tyra Banks together with Nadya, Todd Anthony and the guest judges discussed upon who should be the first ever Asia's Next Top Model. They were unsure if Jessica could do it since she's regarded old, despite a great portfolio. They compared Jessica for being the verbal definition of a model, with Stephanie for being the noun definition of a model. Ultimately, being the only contestant in the series to had never been in the bottom two spot during the show, Jessica was revealed to be the first winner of the competition.

  • Final three: Jessica Amornkuldilok, Kate Ma & Stephanie Retuya
  • Asia's Next Top Model: Jessica Amornkuldilok
  • Special guests: Carol Lim, Tyra Banks, Sophie Sumner, Kenneth Goh, Marina Fairfax, Frederick Lee

Contestants[edit]

(Ages stated are at time of contest)[3]

From Contestant Age Hometown Height Outcome
 Singapore Kyla Tan 23 Singapore City 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in) Eliminated in Episode 1
 Thailand Monica Benjaratjarunun 19 Chiang Mai 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Quit in Episode 2
 China Bei Si Liu 24 Pudong 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Eliminated in Episode 3
 South Korea Jee Choi 28 Seoul 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in) Eliminated in Episode 4
 Indonesia Filantropi Witoko 24 Jakarta 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
 Vietnam Nguyễn Thị Thùy Trang 23 Đắk Lắk 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in) Eliminated in Episode 5
 India Rachel Erasmus 22 Ajmer 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in) Eliminated in Episode 6
 Malaysia Melissa Th'ng 21 Kuala Lumpur 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Eliminated in Episode 7
 Hong Kong Helena Chan 23 Southern District 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Eliminated in Episode 9
   Nepal Aastha Pokharel 20 Kathmandu 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Eliminated in Episode 10
 Japan Sofia Wakabayashi 24 Tokyo 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Eliminated in Episode 12
 Philippines Stephanie Retuya 23 San Pedro 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Runner-up
 Taiwan Kate Ma 22 Taipei 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
 Thailand Jessica Amornkuldilok 27 Bangkok 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Winner
  • Helena, Jee and Jessica turned 23, 28 and 27, respectively during filming.

Summaries[edit]

Call-out order[edit]

Nadya's Call-out Order
Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13
1 Helena Aastha Helena Sofia Kate Sofia Jessica Jessica Jessica Jessica Kate Jessica
2 Stephanie Sofia Stephanie Aastha Aastha Jessica Stephanie Kate Sofia Kate Jessica Kate
3 Rachel Jessica Jee Stephanie Jessica Stephanie Kate Aastha Kate Sofia Stephanie Stephanie
4 Trang Helena Rachel Kate Helena Aastha Aastha Helena Aastha Stephanie Sofia
5 Jessica Kate Filantropi Melissa Rachel Melissa Sofia Sofia Stephanie Aastha
6 Aastha Trang Sofia Jessica Stephanie Helena Helena Stephanie Helena
7 Monica Bei Si Melissa Rachel Sofia Kate Melissa
8 Filantropi Melissa Jessica Helena Melissa Rachel
9 Bei Si Filantropi Kate Trang Trang
10 Kate Jee Trang Filantropi
11 Sofia Stephanie Aastha Jee
12 Jee Monica Bei Si
13 Melissa
14 Kyla
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant quit the competition
     The contestant was part of a non-elimination bottom two
     The contestant won the competition
  • In episode 2, Monica was informed by the production crew that her father was ill. As a result, she decided to withdraw from the competition. At panel, Rachel was evacuated due to a medical emergency, and was therefore absent during the elimination ceremony. Her name was not called out during elimination. Also, Jee and Stephanie landed in the bottom two. None of them was eliminated due to the vacant slot left by Monica after she quit the competition.
  • At the beginning of episode 3, Rachel re-entered the competition.
  • In episode 4, Filantropi and Jee landed in the bottom two. Both of them were eliminated.
  • Episode 8 featured a non-elimination bottom two.
  • Episode 11 was the recap episode.

Photo shoot guide[edit]

  • Episode 1 photo shoot: Quirky girls in Little India
  • Episode 2 photo shoot: Prada group shot for Harper's Bazaar
  • Episode 3 photo shoot: Chinese zodiac animals
  • Episode 4 photo shoot: Boxing with Jason Godfrey
  • Episode 5 photo shoot: French Riviera women
  • Episode 6 commercial & photo shoot: TRESemmé hair campaign
  • Episode 7 photo shoot: Environmental campaign for WWF
  • Episode 8 photo shoot: Wearing red gowns at the National Library Museum
  • Episode 9 photo shoot: Underwater mermaids in Michael Cinco couture
  • Episode 10 photo shoot: Extreme body movement in B&W
  • Episode 12 photo shoot: 1920's screen starlets in the streets of Hong Kong
  • Episode 13 commercial & photo shoot: Canon IXUS; Harper's Bazaar covers

Makeovers[edit]

  • Aastha: Rihanna inspired short asymmetrical cut
  • Bei Si: Dyed black blue, shoulder length hair with fringes
  • Filantropi: Bob haircut and dyed deep red
  • Helena: Victoria Beckham inspired bob cut
  • Jee: Fiery red hair with fringes
  • Jessica: Dyed deep chestnut brown, pixie cut
  • Kate: Dyed honey blonde
  • Melissa: Kimora Lee Simmons inspired big wavy curls, dyed lighter and fringes added
  • Rachel: Dyed dark brown, Selita Ebanks inspired pixie cut
  • Sofia: Dyed jet black
  • Stephanie: Dyed deep red, curls added with extra volume
  • Trang: Bowl haircut

Official Partners[edit]

(The companies and brands recognized by the show's official website[4])

  • Canon - Official Camera Partner
  • Subaru - Official Car Partner
  • Playboy - Official Fragrance Partner
  • Tresemmé - Official Hair Care Partner
  • Resorts World - Official Premier Hospitality Partner
  • Capella - Official Luxury Hotel Partner
  • Le Point - Official Hairstylist Partner
  • Storm - Official Model Agency Partner
  • Harper's Bazaar - Official Fashion Magazine Partner
  • The Mira - Official Overseas Hotel Partner
  • Peter Alexander

References[edit]

External links[edit]