Vietnam’s Next Top Model allows male contestants in

Kieu Giang

Former supermodel Tyra Banks, the creator and host of the worldrenowned America's Next Top Model and winner of VNTM 2011 Hoang Thi Thuy in HCMC - Photo: Kieu GiangFormer supermodel Tyra Banks, the creator and host of the worldrenowned America’s Next Top Model and winner of VNTM 2011 Hoang Thi Thuy in HCMC – Photo: Kieu Giang

The model-seeking TV show is ringing the changes this year to create more opportunities and make it fresh for audiences and it will also be in line with America’s Next Top Model which also allowed male contestants in its 20th season this year.

Le Thi Quynh Trang, general director of Multimedia JSC which produces the program, said: “Vietnam’s fashion industry has just focused on female models. After three seasons we have found many potential faces for the local industry. The new season will be a good chance for those who want to be professional male models and hope to raise the stakes for male fashion in Vietnam.”

With the participation of male competitors, this year’s VNTM is expected to be more exciting and much tougher to win, with lots of attractive prizes.

Vietnamese aged between 18 and 25 who are at least 1.7m tall (for girls) and 1.75m tall (for boys) can apply to the contest at the website www.vietnamnexttopmodel.com or email to dangky@vietnamnexttopmodel.com.

Additionally, a Top Model Online is held at the same time on the website for two winners to enter the semi-final of VNTM 2013.

This year’s program is expected to be aired every Sunday at 8 p.m. starting from October 6.

VNTM has helped discover Huyen Trang who won Best Asia prize at Best Model of the World in 2011 in Bulgaria, Hoang Thuy with the Best Catwalk at Top Model of the World in Germany in 2012, Tuyet Lan, winner of Asian Model Search in Singapore in 2011 and Tra My, third runner-up at Top Model Worldwide in London in 2012.

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