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Identical Indonesian twins Valerie Krasnadewi and Veronika Krasnasari stand out in the Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 5 along with Vietnam's Minh Tu Nguyen aka Tu (center) - (Asia's Next Top Model screen shot photo)

 

One of Tu's comments in the opening episode was that when she looks around at all of the other girls to see who has the best body she exclaimed... "IT'S ME." - (Asia's Next Top Model screen shot photo)

 

 

 

 

 

Video Beat - ASIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL ROCKS

James Loving - National Radio Text Service

 

 

This season of Asia's Next Top Model (ANTM) is the most interesting and entertaining in the shows history. It is the most interesting in the Top Model history including those franchises in the USA, Australia, Canada and Great Britain and the English language makes a difference

 

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

THE BEST EVER OF THE 5 TOP MODEL SERIES

This season of Asia's Next Top Model (ANTM) is the most interesting and entertaining in the shows history. It is the most interesting in the Top Model history including those franchises in the USA, Australia, Canada and Great Britain.

This cycle featured 14 contestants: three from Indonesia and the Philippines, two from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and one each from Taiwan and Vietnam. China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and South Korea were unrepresented. Taiwan marked its comeback after its absences from the two previous cycles.

The prize package for this cycle includes a Subaru Impreza, a cover and fashion spread in Nylon Singapore, and a modeling contract with Storm Model Management in London.

What makes this series so interesting begins with the casting. This is the best season of ANTM having contestants that speak with a degree of competency the English language which is one of the most charming aspects of the show.

In the past that was one of the major drawbacks with the program. Many of the contestants in previous series spoke little or no English which was to their disadvantage.

Now in its fifth cycle the show has gained popularity and the recruiting job has attracted more contestants that have a grasp of the language. The fact that many of the girls admit to their lack of English language competence adds to the appeal of the show. To hear how they deal with speaking English can bring a smile to nonjudgmental viewers.

Another interesting attribute that sets ANTM apart from its counterparts is given the contestants represent six countries the dynamic of how they get along is appealing. There have been some personality clashes and more are brewing. The human behavior aspect is one of the most appealing features of the show.

Five of 13 episodes have aired thus far. The Philippines and Indonesia had the most entrants of the 14 contestants with three. Two Filipino models have been eliminated. Models from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore also have failed to make the cuts.

Of the three remaining Indonesian models two are 24-year-old identical twins Valerie Krasnadewi and Veronika Krasnasari. There is no explanation for the difference in the last spelling of their names.

The twins stand out with their vibrant personalities and are fascinating who have and interesting and playful sibling rivalry. Both admit that the English language is challenging which adds to their charm. The previews for this week's episode have the two in conflict with another model.... so tune in.

Minh Tu Nguyen aka Tu is the only entrant from Vietnam. She's commanding a lot of camera time with health problems and fainting. Her personality resonates that she's full of herself. One of her comments in the opening episode was that when she looks around at all of the other girls to see who has the best body she exclaimed... "IT'S ME."

Tu's personality is somewhat complex. She vacillates from; it's all about me, to giving her time to help others. One of the girls had a hard time adjusting to the competition feeling that she wasn't beautiful enough. Tu encouraged her to stay with it. The model was eventually eliminated which brought tears to her eyes.

Nineteen-year-old Cindy Chen is a strong contender. She's innocent and cooperative. Being easy to work with is in her favor and she has a good attitude and is one of the tallest in the competition at 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in). Having noted the innocence appearance, the models reside in two rooms with one being named the GOOD GIRLS room and the other named the BAD GIRLS room.

One drawback in this series is the behavior of the photographer Yu Tsai. He was involved in several of the American editions and has brought his rude American behavior to Asia. He is offensive and attacks some of the girls. His explanation why is that's how the business works and they need to be prepared for it as the industry is tough and not necessarily friendly.

In a way he's right, but some of the girls are very young. The age range is 18 to 24 with three being 18 and Chen being 19. All remain in the competition. Dealing with young Asian girls is very different with the bad ass American style.

Overall with this is the bet speaking contestants in the shows history that have the most vibrant personalities and are the best looking. In summary the cast makes for good television.

The show airs Wednesday evening on the Fox World channel in Southeast Asia. All of the previously aired episodes are available on You Tube. This is a worth watch show..... IT'S A SMILER :).


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