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
Genre Reality television
Created by Tyra Banks
Based on America's Next Top Model
Presented by




Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 65
Executive producer(s) Glenn Sims
Mark Arbitrario
Sam Gollestani
Running time 43–45 minutes
Production company(s) Ice-TV (cycle 1)
Fox Networks Group (cycle 2-present)
activeTV (cycle 2)
Beach House Pictures (cycle 3)
FremantleMedia Asia (cycle 4)[1]
Refinery Media (Season 5)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution (International)
Original network StarWorld
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 25 November 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.

Search for Contestants[edit]

An extensive online search takes place for the selection process. Models of Asian descent are encouraged to apply, but they must be able 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.


Main article: Top Model § Format description

Each cycle of Asia's Next Top Model has about 12–13 regular episodes, with a special recap episode which airs near the end of each season. Each season generally begins with about 14–16 contestants. Contestants are judged weekly on their overall appearance, participation in challenges, and their best photos from that week's photo shoot. Each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though in rare cases a double elimination or non-elimination was given by consensus of the judging panel. Makeovers are given to contestants early in the season (usually after the first or second elimination) and a trip to an international destination is sometimes scheduled about two-thirds of the way through the season.

Beginning with cycle 4, the show adapted the scoring system introduced in the American version.

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 are not as heavily enforced, as some girls have been allowed to enter despite being slightly under the cut-off.[4][5][6][7]

In contrast the American version, the contestants receive instruction from a mentor who helps coach them in various aspects of the modelling industry and acts as a general assistant during photo shoots and challenges. Past mentors have included Joey Mead King (cycles 1–3), Kelly Tandiono (cycle 4) and Cara G. McIlroy (cycle 5).


For the fifth cycle, Cindy Bishop and Yu Tsai returned to the panel as the host and creative consultant of the show. Indonesian model Kelly Tandiono did not return for the fifth cycle, and was replaced by Hong Kong-based model Cara G. McIlroy. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will serve as a recurring judge throughout the cycle. As the cycle nears its conclusion, Xiao Qing Zhang, a Chinese fashion designer and model, has a dual role as an undercover judge where she will serve as one of the remaining girls on the competition in order to improve their competitive spirit.

Previous judges of the show include photographers Todd Anthony Tyler (cycle 1), Mike Rosenthal (cycles 2–3), creative director Daniel Boey (cycle 1 & 4) and fashion designer Alex Perry (cycle 3), model mentor Joey Mead King (cycle 1–3) and Kelly Tandiono (cycle 4), catwalk coach Adam Williams (cycle 2), and head judges/hosts Nadya Hutagalung (cycle 1–2), and Georgina Wilson (cycle 3).

Judge Cycle
1 2 3 4 5
Nadya Hutagalung
Daniel Boey
Main Recurring
Todd Anthony Tyler
Joey Mead-King
Recurring Main
Adam Williams
Guest Main
Mike Rosenthal
Main Recurring
Alex Perry
Guest Main
Georgina Wilson
Main Guest
Cindy Bishop
Kelly Tandiono
Yu Tsai
Cara G. McIlroy
Guest Guest Main
Pia Wurtzbach
Xiao Qing Zhang


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
5 April 2017 Philippines
Maureen Wroblewitz
Minh Tu Nguyen
Shikin Gomez
Anjelica Santillan, Heidi Grods, Jennica Sanchez, Layla Ong, Alicia Amin, R Nametha (disqualified), Valerie Krasnadewi & Dorothy Petzold, Veronika Krasnasari, Cindy Chen, Clara Tan 14 Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

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
5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cindy Chen

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
5 Clara Tan
Veronika Krasnasari
Valerie Krasnadewi
Shikin Gomez
Alicia Amin
N/A Maureen Wroblewitz
Jennica Sanchez
Anjelica Santillan
R Nametha
Layla Ong
Dorothy Petzold
Heidi Grods
Minh Tu Nguyen



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 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 25 November 2012 (2012-11-25) 17 February 2013 (2013-02-17) Star World 2012-2013 39[14]
2 Wed 9:40/8:40 pm[14] 8 January 2014 (2014-01-08) 9 April 2014 (2014-04-09) 2014
3 Wed 8:45/7:45 pm[15] 25 March 2015 17 June 2015 2015
4 Wed 9:00/8:00 pm 9 March 2016 1 June 2016 2016
5 5 April 2017 28 June 2017 2017 15 (TV)
23 (YouTube) [16]

International broadcasts[edit]

Asia's Next Top Model is broadcast in all parts of Asia via cable channel Star World. In the first and fifth cycle, the series is free to watch on the show's official YouTube channel, but the videos from are currently set to private viewing.[17][18][19] 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 25 November 2012 N/A Subtitled in various languages in selected regions
Arab League Arab World OSN Al Yawm 12 January 2013 N/A
 Hong Kong TVB TBA
 Indonesia RCTI 7 December 2012 Subtitled in Indonesian
NET. 8 February 2014
 Japan TV Asahi 9 March 2013 Dubbed in Japanese
 Philippines Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action) (cycle 1) 9 December 2012 – 3 March 2013 N/A
Velvet (cycle 1) (now defunct)
(cycles 2, 4-5)
16 January 2014 – 24 April 2014
23 March 2016 – 11 June 2016
27 April 2017
GMA Network (cycle 3) 19 April 2015 – 12 July 2015
 Singapore Channel 5 2 December 2012
Mio 22 May 2015
StarHub 15 May 2015
 South Korea OnStyle 13 December 2015
 Thailand Channel 8 (cycle 1) 4 December 2012
Dubbed in Thai/Subtitled in Thai
Channel V Thailand (cycle 2) 15 January 2014
3 SD (cycle 3) 21 April 2015
3 Family (cycle 4) 20 March 2016
Fox Thailand (cycle 5) 5 April 2017
 Taiwan Star World Taiwan 25 November 2012 亞洲超級名模生死鬥 N/A
 Vietnam Star World Vietnam 25 November 2012 Người mẫu hàng đầu châu Á Subtitled in Vietnamese
VTC – Let's Viet 2 December 2012 Dubbed in Vietnamese
VTC1 27 March 2016
VTV3 April 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fox International Channels announces season 4 of Asia’s Next Top Model". FremantleMedia. 3 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Việt Nam tìm đại diện thi Asia's Next Top Model", by: Châu Sa, iOne, 3 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Do you want to join Asia's Next Top Model Season 2? | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Archived from the original on 25 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Melissa & Rachel- Asia's Next Top Model Season 1.Asia's Next Top Model s1". 25 November 2012. Archived from the original on 12 December 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Katarina – Asia's Next Top Model Season 2.Asia's Next Top Model s2". 8 January 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tia – Asia's Next Top Model Season 2.Asia's Next Top Model s2". 8 January 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Shareeta – Asia's Next Top Model Season 3.Asia's Next Top Model s3". Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Asia Next Top Model SCANDAL". 28 October 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2014. [unreliable source]
  9. ^ "Asia's Next Top Model sparks furious backlash after judge reduces a model to tears". Mail Online. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Outrage after S Korean contestant lambasted on Asia's Next Top Model". BBC News. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Vietnamese model fined for entering 'Asia’s Next Top Model' without permission". Thanh Nien Daily. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Trước Asia's Next Top Model, Quỳnh Mai là ai?". (in Vietnamese). 11 March 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Thi chui tại Asia's Next Top Model, Quỳnh Mai chính thức bị xử phạt 22,5 triệu đồng". Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Star World to Premiere Asia's Next Top Model S2 In January '14" Archived 4 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine., Paris, date: 3 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  16. ^ ""Thanks for making Season 5 a big success..."". Asia's Next Top Model Facebook. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "AsiasNextTopModel's channel". [unreliable source]
  18. ^ "AsiasNextTopModel". YouTube. Retrieved 3 June 2014. [unreliable source]
  19. ^ "Asia's Next Top Model s2 – EPISODE #2". YouTube. 21 January 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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