Pinay among ‘Asia’s Next Top Model’ top three finalists

Will a Filipina make it to the top?
 
23-year-old Stephanie Retuya from San Pedro, Laguna is one of three model aspirants who made it to the finale of the Asia-Pacific reality show “Asia’s Next Top Model.”
 
Read related story: Models on 'The Face' say tough skin is a must

Retuya, together with Kate Ma of Taiwan and Jessica Amorinkuldilok of Thailand, will compete for a modeling contract, a working trip to London, a cover shoot with fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and 100,000 SGD, among others.
 
Model Nadya Hutagalung serves as “Asia’s Next Top Model’s” head judge.
 
Retuya is the only Filipina in the competition that saw 13 other models from countries such as India, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan, among others, vying for the first Asia’s Next Top Model title.
 
The Pinay model wasn’t a frontrunner in the competition, having landed at the bottom two of the weekly photo shoot challenges five times.  She’s usually criticized for playing too safe during photo shoots and her lack of confidence. However, Retuya managed to get two callbacks (out of five) during the go-see challenge, where the models are asked to audition for actual modeling jobs.
 
“Asia’s Next Top Model” is based on the popular US reality show “America’s Next Top Model” (ANTM). While no Filipina has made it in the show’s past 19 seasons, Filipinos have made significant appearances on “ANTM” the past few years. Filipino designers such as Michael Cinco and Francis Libiran designed clothes for the show’s photo challenges, while celebrities Georgina Wilson and Anne Curtis have made cameos.
 
You might also like: Tyra Banks doesn’t want fashion fad

The winner of “Asia’s Next Top Model” will be revealed on Sunday, February 17 on Star World, with “Top Model” franchise creator Tyra Banks slated to make an appearance.

Check this out: Asia's Next Top Model contestants

Aastha Pokharel, 20, is an intern nurse from Nepal who discovered her calling in modeling. However, when she first started out, her relatives did not support her dreams as modeling is deemed for ... more 
Aastha Pokharel, 20, is an intern nurse from Nepal who discovered her calling in modeling. However, when she first started out, her relatives did not support her dreams as modeling is deemed for "spoilt girls" in her country. Pokharel though said she is thankful her mother had always had her back. (Yahoo! photo/ Deborah Choo) less 
1 / 20
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 7:00 PM PHT


Editor's note: Yahoo! Philippines OMG! welcomes opinions—and the occasional wisecracks—that enrich and highlight new angles on its stories. Below-the-belt rants may be a fact of online life, but that doesn't mean you should turn into a troll. You can speak your mind without bashing anyone. Keep it clean, folks.
Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • No bail for Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on rape charge
    No bail for Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on rape charge

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo will remain in an Oregon jail on rape and other felony charges after prosecutors said he repeatedly violated a court order by calling and texting the victim with messages that included suicide threats and apologies. …

  • Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese
    Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The singer is named in a recent lawsuit over the scenic property in the Los Feliz neighborhood. …

  • Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs
    Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns. …

  • Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's son dies in Mississippi
    Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's son dies in Mississippi

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father's estate. But even when finances were no longer a concern, an attorney said Claud Johnson kept the gravel truck he had driven for years — a reminder of the hard work that guided his own life. …

  • Misty Copeland leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet
    Misty Copeland leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Misty Copeland on Tuesday became the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre in the dance company's 75-year history. Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the prestigious company since 2007. "I am so honored to be a principal dancer, to be an African American and to be in this position," an emotional Copeland, who started ballet at age 13, told a news conference. …

  • Trump says he's struck back at Univision with $500M lawsuit

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's lawyers say Trump and the Miss Universe pageant have sued Univision for $500 million in a New York court, claiming Trump's First Amendment rights were violated when the company declined to air the Miss USA contest. …

  • Review: In Winehouse doc 'Amy,' celebrity is the villain
    Review: In Winehouse doc 'Amy,' celebrity is the villain

    Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary "Amy" is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP access has been revoked. …

  • Donna Karan stepping down as chief designer for her company
    Donna Karan stepping down as chief designer for her company

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Karan will step down from daily duties as chief designer at her namesake company, Donna Karan International, to devote more time to her philanthropic foundation. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …