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“Asia’s Next Top Model” announced its contestants for Cycle 5 last Friday (10th February) and it includes 2 up-and-coming young Malaysian models – Alicia Amin and Shikin Gomez!

Based on popular reality show, “America’s Next Top Model”, the 5th instalment of “Asia’s Next Top Model” will be hosted by Cindy Sirinya, a Thai-American supermodel and actress, with Los Angeles-based photographer Yu Tsai as creative consultant. Hong Kong-based model Cara Grogan-McIlroy replaces Indonesian model Kelly Tandiono as model mentor while Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015, is set to serve as a guest judge for a couple of episodes.

22-year-old Amin and 24-year-old Gomez will be following the footsteps of former Malaysian contestant, Tuti (real name Nuraini Noor), the first Malay and Muslim to join the competition, to represent Malaysia in the reality show.

The girls will be competing with 12 other hopefuls from other Asian countries, such as Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Philippines, for the Top Model title.

Here’s what you need to know about Amin and Gomez:

Alicia Amin 

Source: AsNTM's website
Source: AsNTM’s website

1. Amin was a high school dropout and considers herself a wild child.

2. She is currently a student in RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. In an interview last year, she mentioned that she was interested in social science (psychology major) and social work.

3. Born to a lawyer and a doctor, she is of Malay-German ethnicity.

4. She is afraid of heights and cockroaches. (We definitely feel ya, girl!)

5. If modelling doesn’t work out, she would like to be a Humanitarian Rights Lawyer because she believes that everyone deserves justice.

Shikin Gomez

Source: AsNTM's website
Source: AsNTM’s website

1. Shikin is 177 cm tall!

2. Born in Teluk Intan, Perak, she comes from a conservative family but is not afraid to challenge her traditional upbringing.

3. She previously won “Malaysia Supermodel Search 2015”.

4. Like Amin, she is also afraid of heights and cockroaches.

5. If modelling doesn’t work out, she would want to get into events management.

“Asia’s Next Top Model” Cycle 5 premieres on StarWorld (Astro channel 711) and StarWorld HD (Astro channel 722) on 5th April 2017.

Good luck, girls! We’ll be rooting for you 🙂

Sources: AsNTM’s website (1), (2), Doublare, Elle Malaysia, The Hive.