The fourth cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model is about to commence. Just like in the previous cycle, three out of the 14 contestants are Filipina. What makes them interesting is their common pageant background. Will one of these Pinay beauty queens reign supreme?
Here they are:
Alaiza Flor Malinao was a semi-finalist in Bb. Pilipinas 2015, the pageant that eventually paved the way for our country’s third Miss Universe victory.
It was impossible to miss Julian Aurine Flores in Bb. Pilipinas 2014, given that she was Bb#1. She also placed in the semi-finals.
The most accomplished pageant veteran among the three is Gwendoline Ruais, who finished second in Miss World 2011. She aced the challenge events that year and her best performance happened to be in the Top Model round. Prior to being the first Miss World Philippines titleholder, this French-Filipina glamazon was also a Bb. Pilipinas 2010 semi-finalist.
Of course, their past pageant placements can’t determine how they’ll fare here. After all, it’s a different realm that follows different principles. Our country has yet to win this contest since its inception, but we did finish second in all three previous cycles. We hope that changes this year.
Now, a few more tidbits about Cycle 4:
Mongolia and Myanmar mark their debut this year. The latter’s representative also happens to be a beauty queen and a hugely controversial one at that. May Myat Noe was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World 2014, but was dethroned three months later due to alleged negligence. It was also later discovered that her real name is That Htet Aung and that she was three years below the minimum age. May this competition be her key to redemption, regardless of how she’ll place.
The new host is a former pageant girl herself. 20 years ago, Sirinya Winsiri represented Thailand in Miss World 1996. She didn’t place, but she has amassed huge success as a model, VJ, and actress since then, under her Western name Cindy Burbridge (now Bishop). This year, she succeeds Nadya Hutagalung and Georgina Wilson in heading an also-overhauled judging panel. Indonesian model Kelly Tadiono replaces Joey Mead King as resident mentor. Photographer Yu Tsai crosses over from the American franchise as new creative consultant.