Thursday, April 19, 2018



2018 FACE OF ASIA-PACIFIC MODEL SEARCH GRAND FINALS - The Search for the Next Celebrity Supermodel

For the past two decades, there has been a face that has been synonymous with realising dreams, exuding grace and achieving success. A face we proudly call our own, our inspiration, our pride... our celebrity supermodel, Amber Chia. The time has come, to embark on a quest in search for the next face of Asia...

When Chia organised the Ford Supermodel of the World Model Search in 2009, her vision was to create a platform for the next generation of models to learn and gain exposure, locally and internationally. In 2010, she started Amber Chia Academy, which has graduated over 2,000 students to date. 

In 2011 she envisioned a new kind of model search in conjunction with the Korea Model Association to help propel young models to the global stage, the “Asia New Face Model Search”, which seeks models that not only have the potential to be the next fashion icon, but the next celebrity star. Over the past 8 years, this model search competition has been grown to over 30 countries in Asia.

For the first time, we will be organising a regional finals called, “Face Of Asia-Pacific” in 2018, which includes models from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2019, we expect this contingency to extend to Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Philippines as well.

In 2018, the Face of Asia-Pacific model search aims to look for the next face of Asia that embodies not just the qualities to be a supermodel, but possesses the talent and passion to be in the entertainment spotlight as well. In today’s digital age, the contestants must also be able to kick up a storm on social media networks, as well as possessing the natural flair to own the centre of attraction at public events.

On this Friday evening of 13th April, 2018, the Mega Star Arena was transformed into a majestic gala night for the Face of Asia Pacific Grand Finals which saw all 24 finalists, from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, strut the runway in clothing by RSVP and Anuar Faizal.

The winners of 2018 Face Of Asia Pacific are:
Face of Taiwan
Female Winner - Sasha Liu Male Winner - Syu Yi Kai

Face of Hong Kong
Female Winner - Mercedes Romero Male Winner - Hinson Wu

Face of Singapore
Female Winner - Peggy Heng Male Winner - Ricky Lai

Face of Malaysia
Female Winner - Joey Yeung Male Winner - Jack Goh

Face of Asia Pacific
Female Winner - Joey Yeung (Malaysia) Male Winner - Syu Yi Kai (Taiwan)

All winners will represent their respective countries in the 2018 Face of Asia Grand Finale on the 5th of May 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Last year, Malaysian Jeisey Giam took home the Grand Prize for Malaysia for the first time in the competition’s 14 year history.

The night also saw memorable performances by award-winning actress turned hip-hop standout, Ruby Yap; and YouTube sensation, Priscilla Abby who flawlessly belted out her new single, “Burn” and a popular G-Dragon Korean number.

The Face of Asia Pacific also honoured 5 celebrities with the “Celebrity Star” awards. Chia said that in searching for the next generation of Faces of Asia, we must honour the most recognisable faces in the country today. Winners of the award as follows:
1.      Dennis Yin (dancer, radio DJ, YouTube sensation)
2.      Ruby Yap (actress, singer)
3.      Priscilla Abby (singer)
4.      Joyce Wong (fashion & lifestyle celebrity blogger)
5.      Fatin Afeefa (actress, singer)

The 2018 Face of Asia-Pacific credit roll:

Wiseyes Solutions (

Amber Chia (

Supported by
Korea Model Association ( MyGenomeBox (

Main Sponsors
Daeng Gi Meo Ri ( Winner Dynasty Group (

Official Sponsors
Mega Star Arena (
MVTV Asia (
Amber Chia Academy (
A Cut Above (
Oiso ( Zouk Club (
Q Lab (
Gelly Wee Makeup Studio (
Anuar Faizal (
8Lab Studio (
The Daily Suites (
Like Media (
Oracle Clinic (

About Asia Model Festival Awards
Established for the appreciation and cultivation of modeling talent, the Asia Model Festival Awards (AMFA) plays an important role in promoting harmony and exchange between models all over Asia. Organised annually by the Korea Model Association (KMA), which is the only government-sanctioned body under South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the prestigious AMFA is touted as the Academy Awards equivalent to the Asian modeling and fashion industry.

An estimated 1.3 billion people, across 128 countries around the world, are expected to watch next year’s AMFA as it will be aired over more than 20 channels such as SBS Plus, China Gunaxi TV, KNTV Asia and Arirang TV, just to name a few. Set to be held in June 2017 at the majestic Olympic Hall of the Seoul Olympic Park, the 12th AMFA will take place throughout an eventful three days, which will include fashion shows, beauty fairs, an awards ceremony and of course, the Face of Asia Model Search.

Other past award recipients at AMFA included the crème de la crème of the international fashion, modeling and entertainment industry such as Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chi-Ling; Taiwanese actors and singers Jerry Yan and Joe Cheng; Hong Kong singer Leo Ku; China’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 winner Susanna Mao; international recording artist and actor Rain; American actresses Celeste Thorson and Esther Chae; Japanese actress Hayashi Tantan; Thai actress Khemupsorn ‘Cherry’ Sirisukha; South Korean girl groups Wonder Girls, Girls’ Generation and 4Minute; South Korean boy bands Super Junior and 2PM; Filipino actors Aljur Abrenica and Iza Calzado; Filipino singers Frencheska Farr and Freddie Aguilar; South Korean designer the late Andre Kim; and many more.

About Korea Model Association
Korea Model Association (KMA) boasts a network of over 5,000 members and is considered as one out of the two largest model associations and talent management outfits in Korea. As the only government-sanctioned body in South Korea in the modeling industry, KMA is also the prestigious organiser of the annual Asia Model Festival Awards. 

Currently helmed by chairman Yang Eui-Sig, he explained: “The Asia Model Festival Awards is held every year in Seoul to create a network amongst models, to promote cultural exchange amongst them and to create a model sub-culture.”

In 2013, international shoe designer and icon, Professor Dato Jimmy Choo, OBE and international model and actress Amber Chia were appointed honorary ambassadors of KMA to champion the AMFA cause of narrowing the cultural divide of models and industry professionals throughout Asia.

About Amber Chia
Winner of the Guess Watches Timeless Beauty International Model Search 2004 title, Amber Chia became the world's first Asian model to triumph at global model searches; and the first Asian model to campaign for Guess Watches worldwide. Her continued rise to modelling excellence was further substantiated when renowned designer Victoria Beckham personally selected her to present the Victoria Beckham Autumn/Winter 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection during the glamourous New York Fashion Week.

With an illustrious career spanning over 15 years as a model, actress and brand ambassador, Amber has further highlighted her prominent mantle by evolving into a successful entrepreneur through Amber Chia Academy - her very own modeling and beauty school.

Growing up in a fishing village, Amber could only gaze across oceans to catch her dreams. today, she has graced over 200 magazine covers, catwalk on runways in 6 continents, starred in 7 movies, authored 2 books, and appointed as brand ambassador for over 30 brands...

About Plan 7 Production
Plan 7 Production specialises in talent development and training and was established to create a platform for these talents to perform on. Managing a wide array of artistes locally and internationally, Plan 7 offers a grand platform for them to perform on. Among the types of talents that Plan 7 engages are Musicians, Emcees, Singers, Actors, Dancers, Movie & Music Production Teams, and Event & Concert Production Teams.