Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:15:00 GMT | By Sheena Wan

Grand finale: Asia New Star Model Contest

Aspiring models Coco Siew Zhi Shing and Josh Yen Yoong Che were crowned as the new Faces of Malaysia at this year's Asia New Star Model Contest grand finale event at Paradigm mall.

(In pictures: Highlights from the Asia New Star Model Contest - Face of Malaysia grand finale event)

After three months of whirlwind activities - which included live auditions; debut appearances at a press conference; makeover session; professional training sessions covering basic makeup, basic hair styling, the art of posing, and catwalk; challenges involving photo shoots, runways, styling, hosting, and video commercials - it all culminated in this final show down.

In front of over 300 guests, they demonstrated modelling versatility on stage as they battled out on the runway in various outfits - namely casual wear by Kitschen and IM by Emmanuel, as well as evening couture wear and men’s suit by Keith Kee Couture. The finalists even strutted their stuff amidst applause and cheers when the females came out in corsets by Neubodi, while the males appeared topless, showing off their toned and muscular frames respectively.

At the conclusion of the Asia New Star Model Contest - Face of Malaysia (FOM), the lives of Coco Siew Zhi Shing (16yo) and Josh Yen Yoong Che (20yo) were transformed forever after being declared as the winners (female and male categories respectively) and also the new faces of Malaysia! Along with their respective first runners up, Carmen Liew Jia Wen (20yo) and Anthony Pang Chun Sen (21yo), all four of them are given the honour of representing our country to compete for glory at an international arena!

The esteemed judges consisted of Resident judges Amber Chia and Benjamin Toong, President of Korea Pro Makeup Association: Ahn Mee-Ryu, International Director of Korea Model Association (KMA): Raulen Lee, as well as Advertising & Promotions Manager of Paradigm Mall: Lew Wen Feng.

The top four winners will be competing at the annual Asia New Star Model Contest (ANSMC), which will be held in conjunction with the prestigious 9th Asia Model Festival Awards, this coming January in Seoul, Korea.

Besides their all-expenses paid trip to Seoul, both the winners will also become the 2014 faces of Paradigm Mall, in which they will be walking as celebrity models for the Paradigm Mall Fall/Winter 2013 fashion week. Additionally, they will each also walk away with products from Philips and Neubodi; return Air Asia tickets to Hanoi, Vietnam; modelling courses from Amber Chia Academy; and a fashion spread with Keith Kee Couture.