Amber Chia Academy, the Malaysian franchise holder of Korea’s Asia Model Festival Awards, recently announced the top 16 finalists of Asia Model Festival Awards New Face Model Search – Malaysia 2011, after an intensive two-month search, which saw more than 500 entries around the country.

Asia Model Festival Awards New Face Model Search

outdoor shot of top 16 finalists

Thanks to Amber Chia Academy, the leading modelling and make up academy in Malaysia, 2012 will for the first time, see representatives from Malaysia in a top international model search competition in Korea.

Asia Model Festival Awards New Face Model Search

6 of the top 8 female finalists - 2 were absent during the photo shoot due to exams

In the semi-final round, 51 contestants faced four judges, founder and principal of Amber Chia Academy, supermodel Amber Chia, catwalk guru Benjamin Toong, and two professional models, Esther Tan and KS Tan. While it was initially planned that only 12 would make it to the finals, the high quality of contestants, plus public SMS voting, which contributed 50% to their final scores, saw the judges include four more contestants in the finals.

Asia Model Festival Awards New Face Model Search

top 8 male finalists

And so, 8 lovely ladies and 8 hunks will fight it out at the grand finale happening this 28th November at Zouk Club, Kuala Lumpur, where one male and one female model will win the competition. Both of them, and their respective runners-up, will be sent to Korea for a one-week boot camp at a top modelling school in Korea in preparation of their participation in Asia New Face Model Search (ANFMS) 2012 in Seoul, South Korea.

Asia Model Festival Awards New Face Model Search

14 of the top 16 finalists

Judging from the quality of the finalists, it will be an intensive competition. The judges in the finals, who will include Koreans Yang Eu-Sig (Chairman of the Korea Model Association), Ahn Mi-Ryeo (President of the Korea Pro Makeup Association) and model/actress Lee Hwa-Seon, will definitely not have an easy night choosing the Malaysian representatives!

The 8 female finalists are:
Ancy Look Yeen Hua (20)
Eileen Chuah Zhi Ling (19)
Jayarubini a/p Sambanthan Muthaliyar (20)
Josephine Chin Oi Mun (20)
Kao Yu Ling (21)
Reina Lim Huay Fung (18)
Sabrina Beneett (21)
Wafa Johanna de Korte (17)

The 8 male finalists are:
Aven Chop Kah Whai (19)
Bradley Lim Chee Hou (20)
Bryan Ho Fung Ron (19)
George Tan Zhuo Chun (21)
Kurt Chin Ke Liang (18)
Lim Gian Yang (19)
Soo Xu Ze (20)
Yap Zi Xin (22)

All images courtesy of Amber Chia Academy. Thank you!

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