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: 2010-2014)
Tùng Leo (live finale: 2015-present)
Judges Nathan Lee (Presumed 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)
Adam Williams (2014-present)
Phạm Thị Thanh Hằng (Head judge: 2013-2014)
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 release 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 female contestants compete for the title of "Vietnam's Next Top Model." Contestants have the opportunity to launch a career in the modeling industry. One winner receives the grand prize of cash and a feature spread in a fashion magazine.


The competition follows a group of women between the ages of 18 and 25. They live together in a house for several months while competing in challenges, such as posing for photographs. Many episodes feature the contestants meeting famous people from the modeling industry. In each episode one contestant is eliminated, though in rare cases, a multiple elimination can occur by consensus of the judging panel. The winner will be crowned "Vietnam's Next Top Model" and receive a modeling contract for representation, alongside additional 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 a larger pool of contestants and 17 episodes. 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. They included 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. After hosting Cycle 1, Hà Anh returned to the judging panel as the host and head judge.

Cycle 2 judge of Asia's Next Top Model Adam Williams has become a recurring guest judge since cycle 4 and became a permanent judge since Cycle 5. 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(s)-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 Nguyễn Thị Oanh ♀ Cao Thị Ngân, Phạm Duy Anh & Tiêu Ngọc Linh 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, Đặng Văn Hội 16 Thailand
Rome & Milan
Tạ Quang Hùng ♂
6 August 15, 2015 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Criticism and controversies[edit]

Cycle 1[edit]


The initial panel of judges including Nathan Lee, Elizabeth Thủy Tiên, and Hoàng Ngân was axed due to unresolved conflicts with each other as well as the producers.[2][3][4][5]

A new set of judges was quickly introduced to replace the previous panel with the head judge being supermodel Hà Anh; other judges included designer Huy Võ and model/actor Đức Hải. Đức Hải had only gained fame by appearing in made-for-television films rather than a model career while Huy Võ was new to the fashion industry, he was reportedly only a student at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising at the time of filming.[6]

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Despite having signed non-disclosure agreement a contract to keep the outcome from being leaked, a few contestants were seen on different TV shows prior to their elimination, suggesting they had been eliminated.[7]


The entire screenplay of first season finale was reportedly taken from the fourth cycle finale of Germany's Next Topmodel.[8]

The live photoshoot during the finale was reportedly staged when a few odd differences were pointed out by the media.[9]

Cycle 2[edit]


Head judge Xuân Lan, Nam Trung, Phạm Hoài Nam and Đỗ Mạnh Cường were chosen for the new panel for cycle 2. Some critics have complained that this panel, although boasts loads of fashion industry expertise in Vietnam, had no international experience.[10]


Responding to questions regarding the qualifications of a top model from VTC News, Ms. Thúy Nga, Director of Elite Vietnam, stated that the body shape of most finalists were rough and not proportioned. She did emphasize 'being a Top Model for 3 months is unbelievable' and thought the competition was merely a game show for entertainment.[11]


During filming of the finalists; Hoàng Oanh, Thùy Dương and Phương Nghi faced a lawsuit from producers for leaking the elimination order prior to the final episode. The lawsuit claimed that they would have to pay about $714.000 (15 billion VND) due to contract violation.[12][13][14]

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 (cycle 2 winner) participated,[15][16][17] Tuyết Lan was named cycle 1 winner over actual winner Huyền Trang in an e-mail, leading to a controversy on whether Huyền Trang was dethroned so that Tuyết Lan took all the advantages.[18][19] Executive producer of the show Quỳnh Trang claimed it to be a typing mistake and Huyền Trang was still the first ever winner.[20] When asked about New York Fashion Week in an interview, former host Hà Anh shared some of her real modelling experience, also revealed 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.[21][22][23][24][25] Hà Anh then accused the executive producer of rigging the show and treating Huyền Trang unfairly.[26] She also revealed that Quỳnh Trang might have misled the audience in Vietnam and that neither Lan nor Thùy walked at New York Fashion Week.[27] Huyền Trang later confirmed she did not receive her 1 billion VND modelling contract, a trip to New York for training nor a contract with Revlon cosmetics 200 million dong of worth. Trang even declared to break her relationship with the show.[28] Responding via the show's official Facebook page, the show found Huyền Trang and they were misunderstanding each other and stated that Trang breached her contracts.[17][29]

Cycle 5[edit]

In an unprecedented move, Vietnam's Next Top Model crowned 2 winners namely Quang Hùng and Nguyễn Oanh in the finale night. This outcome was met with negative reception from the public as the audience felt it was unnecessary and Oanh's victory was undeserving.[30] Xuân Lan later responded to the press, stating that Oanh was a rightful winner. She also revealed that the producers had received approval from the format distributor to have two winners. Host of the finale, Tùng Leo explained that due to bad lighting condition of the finale venue, resulting in photos' quality not as good as in studio that the photos from the live photoshoot were never shown.[31]


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