The Face of Malaysia (FOM) and Face of Asia Junior (FOAJ) modelling competitions – annual searches organised by Amber Chia Academy – finally concluded their 2020/2021 editions at a joint grand finals held at the prestigious Manhattan Ballroom of the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, in Kuala Lumpur.
Originally scheduled for 14th March 2020, after which it was postponed to 5th December 2020, it has been inevitably delayed multiple times for over a year due to various restrictions as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
This year’s dinner event, which was emceed by Dennis Yin, saw eight (8) champions named from their respective fields. FOM (17-29 years old eligibility) splits its winners between female and male; while FOAJ’s winners are broken down into one (1) grand winner overall plus five (5) from the categories of Little Star (4-6 years old eligibility), Rising Star (7-8 years old eligibility), Shining Star (9-12 years old eligibility), as well as Teen Star (13-16 years old eligibility / female and male), respectively.
During the grand finals, this year’s finalists were judged live onstage, in front of a 350-strong audience of invited guests abiding by strict government SOPs, by an esteemed panel of professional judges consisting of Desmond Yoi (Makeup Guru of Amber Chia Academy), Joseph Chow (Malaysia’s 1st Top Male Supermodel), Chan Lee Xuan (Face of Asia Pacific 2019), Leaf Yeap (Face of Malaysia 2019), Calvin Leo (Founder of Asia Instafluencer Marketing), Jessie Leong (Photographer of 8Lab Studio), and Yeoh Eng Seng (Editor-in-Chief of Sisters magazine).
“After more than 10 years of organising model competitions, I have to say that this one is the most challenging one because of the Covid-19 delays and restrictions, but I am so touched to everyone for not giving up on me and my team – our wonderful sponsors and business partners, as well as our incredible contestants and their supportive family members,” shared organiser Amber Chia. The top model and principal of Amber Chia Academy also added that “it really has been a very long journey for our finalists and they have really shown us what great winners they are tonight, and I’m so proud of them.”
By the end of the exciting and long awaited evening; which was also graced by the likes of special guests such Francisca Luhong James (Miss Universe Malaysia 2020), Ashraf Dasley (Face of Malaysia 2020), Hor Zhe Fei (Little Mister Celebrity Malaysia 2020), Shirlyn Sarina Hendry (Miss Petite Universe International Malaysia 2020), Ilyn Loh (Miss Elegance of Little Miss Malaysia 2017), Elyn Loh (Mini Miss United World 2019), Amanda Tan (Miss Petite Universe International Malaysia 2020 Runner Up), and Kathy Tan (Asian Kid Model Icon 2020 Award winner); a handful of subsidiary awards and consolation prizes were also given out for outstanding performances by finalists throughout the competition.
All winners and award recipients walked away with trophies, along with various prizes and products from sponsors. For FOM, the male and the top two (2) female winners also received the honour of representing Malaysia in the upcoming international leg of the Face of Asia 2021 competition, which is slated to take place later this year in November in Seoul, South Korea; whereas for FOAJ, the grand champion will be invited to receive an award at the Asia Model Festival Awards 2021, also taking place around November 2021 in Seoul, South Korea.
The Face of Malaysia & Face of Asia Junior 2021 grand finals is proudly supported by official sponsors to Face of Asia – Eone Diagnomics Genome Center, Uzbekistan Exchange, and Chicken Plus; main sponsors – LSK Group (Napure Natural Bedding), Mina & Mina Kids, and YGT Group (Kallisto, Charme, Guula); as well as sponsors – A Cut Above, Makeover Paris, Tomorrow Showtime, Linz Styling, JamieHera.com, Seoul Tourism Organisation, I.Seoul.U, The Korea Times, Like Media, Zoey Ong, Wine2U, 8Lab Studio, and Sisters magazine.
Face Of Malaysia 2021
Female Winner – Allysha Tan
Male Winner – Aaric Lai
Female 1st Runner Up – Khloe Hoe
Male 1st Runner Up – Chun Hoe
Female 2nd Runner Up – Tiara Tai
Male 2nd Runner Up – Rexmond
Female 3rd Runner Up – Shindy Kua
Female 4th Runner Up – Gloria Fernandez
EDGC Subsidiary – Award Khloe Hoe
Most Photogenic – Khloe Hoe
Best Catwalk – Allysha Tan See
Face Of Asia Junior 2021 : Little Star Category
Winner – Zara Rania
1st Runner Up – Calysta Rose
2nd Runner Up – Beverlyn Tang
3rd Runner Up – Rayne Koh
4th Runner Up – Frank
Best Catwalk – Angelique Tang
Most Commercial – Face Rachelle Wong
Most Photogenic – Rayne Koh
Most Confident – Annabel See
Face Of Asia Junior 2021 : Rising Star Category
Winner – Hor Xue Zen
1st Runner Up – Chloe Teh
2nd Runner Up – Leiya Lim
3rd Runner Up – Zara Lyndon
4th Runner Up – Lucas Liew
Best Catwalk – Tristan Chin
Most Commercial – Face Renee Wong
Most Photogenic – Kim Gi Chan
Most Confident – Isabel See
Face Of Asia Junior 2021 : Teen Star Category
Female Winner – Carol Chang
Male Winner – Sunil Palan
Female 1st Runner Up – Ashley Cheng
Male 1st Runner Up – Danial
Female 2nd Runner Up – Zhang En
Male 2nd Runner Up – Kim Gi Ju
Female 3rd Runner Up – Annabelle Chew
Female 4th Runner Up – Jenny Ooi
Most Photogenic – Nelysa
Best Catwalk – Armand
Face Of Asia Junior 2021 : Shining Star Category
Grand Champion – Isabelle Tan
Female Winner – Ee Haeng Lum
Male Winner – Phua Chandler
Female 1st Runner Up – Angela Low
Male 1st Runner Up – Reymi Tham
Female 2nd Runner Up – Tracy Lim
Male 2nd Runner Up – Lucas Lim
Female 3rd Runner Up – Sim Yu Min
Female 4th Runner Up – Isabel Yap
Best Catwalk – Tania
Most Photogenic – Vicky Ding
Special Thanks to Photography contributor, thanks for the stunning photos.