Asia's Next Top Model (season 1)

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Asia's Next Top Model (season 1)
AsiaNTM1 promo.jpg
Season 1 cast
No. of contestants14
WinnerJessica Amornkuldilok
Country of originSingapore
No. of episodes13
Original networkSTAR World
Original releaseNovember 25, 2012 –
February 17, 2013
Season chronology
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Season 2
Series summary

The first season of the reality television show Asia's Next Top Model in which a number of women compete for the title 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 season were Batam, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

The season featured 14 contestants, from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Nepal, and the Philippines.

The show was filmed in Singapore, and it premiered globally on November 25, 2012 on STAR World.

The prize package for this season included a modeling contract with Storm Model Management, an all-expenses-paid trip to London, a chance to be the cover feature in Harper's Bazaar Singapore, a position as the face of Canon IXUS' 2013 campaign, a S$100,000 cash prize, and a Subaru XV.

The winner of the competition was 26-year-old Jessica Amornkuldilok, from Thailand.


Casting calls were held in four countries, listed below:



(Ages stated are at start of contest)[1]

Country Contestant Age Height Finish Place
 Singapore Kyla Tan 21 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Episode 1 14
 Thailand Monica Benjaratjarunun 20 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Episode 2 13
 China Bei Si Liu 24 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in) Episode 3 12
 Indonesia Filantropi Witoko 24 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Episode 4 `11-10
 South Korea Jee Choi 27 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
 Vietnam Trang Nguyen 23 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Episode 5 9
 India Rachel Erasmus 24 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Episode 6 8
 Malaysia Melissa Th'ng 19 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Episode 7 7
 Hong Kong Helena Chan 23 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Episode 9 6
   Nepal Aastha Pokharel 20 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Episode 10 5
 Japan Sofia Wakabayashi 27 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Episode 12 4
 Taiwan Kate Ma 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Episode 13 3-2
 Philippines Stephanie Retuya 23 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
 Thailand Jessica Amornkuldilok 26 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) 1


  • Nadya Hutagalung (host)
  • Joey Mead King
  • Daniel Boey
  • Todd Anthony Tyler


No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"Episode 1"25 November 2012 (2012-11-25)

The fourteen models arrived at Wisma Atria and were immediately given their first challenge, in which they had to walk in a fashion show in front of a live audience wearing couture dresses. With the challenge winner, winning a $5,000 shopping spree at Wisma Atria. Later, the models were taken to Little India and had a quirky photo shoot.

  • Special guests: Afton Chen, Lauren Clarke Jensen, Louis Koh
  • Featured photographer: Todd Anthony Tyler
22"Episode 2"2 December 2012 (2012-12-02)

The thirteen models modeled in VIP private fashion show for designer Thomas Wee at the L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at Resorts World Sentosa. With the challenge winner, winning a demi-couture outfit from Thomas Wee and a dinner treatment at the L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Later, the models were taken to Tanjong Pagar railway station and had to pose while modeling designs from the fall/winter 2012 Prada collection in groups.

  • Special guests: Adam Williams, Kenneth Goh, Thomas Wee
  • Featured photographer: Junita Simon
33"Episode 3"9 December 2012 (2012-12-09)

The twelve models did not participate in a challenge, but they were taken to Salon Le Point for their makeovers. Later, the models took part in Hong San See and had to embody each one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.

  • Special guests: Phisit Jongnarangsin, Saksit Pisalasupongs
  • Featured photographer: Akif Hakan Celebi
44"Episode 4"16 December 2012 (2012-12-16)

The eleven models took part in a challenge, in which they are instructed to model with everday objects. With the challenge winner, winning a dinner treatment alongside with the mentors. Later, the models pose as boxer athletes with male model Jason Godfrey.

  • Special guest: Jason Godfrey
  • Featured photographer: Todd Anthony Tyler
55"Episode 5"23 December 2012 (2012-12-23)

The nine models had a challenge, in which they were split into groups of three and assigned to style themselves in different categories. Later, the models traveled to Batam, and had to pose as a French Riviera woman.

  • Special guest: Jeannie Mai
  • Featured photographer: Chuck Reyes
66"Episode 6"30 December 2012 (2012-12-30)

The eight models took part in a hair tutorial and were asked to write their own scripts and later film a commercial for TRESemmé. Later, the models had a beauty shoot for TRESemmé.

  • Special guest: Andrea Claire
  • Featured photographer: Zhang Jingna
77"Episode 7"6 January 2013 (2013-01-06)

The seven models were given a tutorial on runway makeup, and for their challenge they had to recreate the look created in the makeup tutorial. With the challenge winner, winning a pampering spa treatment at Resorts World Sentosa. Later, the models shot a campaign for World Wide Fund for Nature.

  • Special guest: Elaine Tan
  • Featured photographer: Kevin Ou
88"Episode 8"13 January 2013 (2013-01-13)

The six models were instructed on a mini-challenge on etiquette, then the main challenge was a red carpet event for fashion label Farah Khan. With the challenge winner, winning a dinner treatment with Farah Khan. Later, the models modeled a dress with a long train at Universal Studios Singapore.

  • Special guests: Farah Khan, George Young, Yuan Sng
  • Featured photographer: Toon Liang
99"Episode 9"20 January 2013 (2013-01-20)

The six models shot a TV commercial for Playboy fragrances alongside with a male model. With the challenge winner, winning a Playboy hamper, an exclusive perfume with Swarovski elements, winning an unaired daytrip to Universal Studios Singapore, and an extra 15 minutes on the next photo shoot session. Later, the models embody as mermaids in an underwater photo shoot while wearing designs from Michael Cinco.

  • Special guests: Fons Houtkamp, Lauren Clarke Jensen, Michael Cinco
  • Featured photographer: Aaron Wong
1010"Episode 10"27 January 2013 (2013-01-27)

The five remaining models filmed a motion editorial for Subaru's sports utility vehicle Subaru XV. With the challenge winner, winning a Subaru package and a $1,000 shopping spree at Tyan Boutique at the ION Orchard. Later, the models had to portray extreme emotions in a black-and-white photo shoot.

  • Special guests: Glenn Tan, Paula Taylor, Sheena Seah
  • Featured photographer: Todd Anthony Tyler
1111"Episode 11"3 February 2013 (2013-02-03)
This episode showed previously unseen footage and recapped the first ten weeks of the competition.
1212"Episode 12"10 February 2013 (2013-02-10)

The four remaining models traveled overseas to Hong Kong, where they attended go-sees for the week's challenge. With the challenge winner, winning a two-night stay at Hotel Mira. Later, the models portrayed 1920's-inspired modern Chinese screen goddesses in the streets of Hong Kong.

  • Special guests: Cara Grogan, Christelle Simeon, Dirk Dalichau, Fons Houtkamp, Jane Lombard, Jing Wong, Jonathan Li, Sue Ng, Wendy Mak
  • Featured photographer: Akif Hakan Celebi
1313"Episode 13"17 February 2013 (2013-02-17)

The three remaining models filmed a commercial for Canon IXUS and a cover shoot for Harper's Bazaar Singapore. They later walked in a fashion show together with previously eliminated contestants. At panel, the judging panelists was joined by America's Next Top Model presenter Tyra Banks and other guest judges for the final deliberation. After the judges reviewed the progression of the three finalists, Jessica Amornkuldilok was crowned the first winner of Asia's Next Top Model.

  • Special guests: Carol Lim, Frederick Lee, Kenneth Goh, Marina Fairfax, Sophie Sumner, Tyra Banks
  • Featured photographer: Todd Anthony Tyler


Order Episodes
1 2[a] 3 4[b] 5 6 7 8[c] 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
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 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 Stephanie
Trang Filantropi
11 Sofia Aastha
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


  1. ^ In episode 2,Monica withdrew from the competition due to a family emergency. Aastha and Sofia landed in the bottom two during elimination, but neither of them were eliminated due to Melissa's withdrawal. Rachel was absent for that week's elimination after having fainted at panel.
  2. ^ In episode 4, Filantropi and Jee landed in the bottom two. Both of them were eliminated.
  3. ^ In episode 8,Stephanie and Sofia landed in the bottom two. Neither of them were eliminated.


  1. ^ "Contestants". Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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