Film critic TC Candler is known globally through his annual compilation of the world’s most beautiful and handsome faces.
The list began almost 30 years ago in 1990, but last year, the famed critic decided to make a new list focusing on only Asian celebs.
With over 150 contenders, 7 Malaysians have been nominated in the 100 Most Beautiful / Handsome Faces of 2018. While the list may be impressive, we’ve decided to draw the focus to our homegrown talents.
Here are the 7 Malaysians nominated.
Malaysian Chinese actor Melvin Sia kicked off his career after finishing in the top six in the Malaysian edition of “Star Search 2003”. He is known for acting in various Taiwanese dramas including “The Way We Were”, “Boysitter”, “Dear Mother” and “To the Dearest Intruder”, and more. He won his first acting award in 2010 for Best Actor Award at the Malaysia Golden Awards via his role in “Romantic Delicacies”, as well as Most Popular Actor in Viewers’ Choice category.
Instagram sensation-turned-actress and singer Lin Min Chen is most known for her role in “Prince of Wolf” and “Vampire Cleanup Department” movies. Born in Penang, the 28-year-old actress is currently based in Taiwan. Lin came to fame in 2014 for her “holding things” photos, and her story has been covered by various international media. Throughout her career, she has released several singles including “Unpossesive”, “Right One to Love”, and “Change”.
Yumi Wong / Huang Shi Qi
Actress and model Huang Shi Qi or better known as Yumi Wong is often dubbed as the Angelababy of Malaysia. The actress has acted in several China and Taiwan production including “Girl’s Generation”, “Crazy Queen”, and “The Tag-Along”. She started her acting career in Malaysia via “Ah Beng: Mission Impossible” in 2014. Wong has been nominated in TC Candler’s “Most Beautiful Faces” for 2 years in a row; in 2017 and 2018.
In 2017, she was placed No. 57 in the list.
YouTuber-turned-singer Joyce Chu is an artist under Red People management, an agency started by controversial singer-songwriter Namewee. Chu rose to fame after the music video of her song, “Malaysia Chabor”, went viral on various social media platforms. After the success of her debut single, Chu released several other songs in between, but her most successful single to date is “Miss You” with over 52 million views on YouTube. Chu has also started to break into acting. Her debut film was “Young & Fabulous” where she starred alongside the late Aloysius Pang.
Since her debut in 2000, Penny Tai has released a total of 10 albums and various music awards under her belt. She focuses her music career in Taiwan and formed the band Buddha Jump with the band D-power in 2011. Her most popular song to date is the ending theme for the hit Taiwanese drama “Meteor Garden” titled “The Love You Want”. She re-recorded the song for the 2018 remake version of the series. Last year, Tai was nominated for Best Album Producer at the 29th Golden Melody Awards.
Mandapop singer Fish Leong also debuted her singing career in Taiwan. She has sold more than 18 million records and achieved popularity and success in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. The singer became the first Malaysian Chinese singer to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2016. Some of her famous tunes include “Sadly, It’s Not You”, “Brea Up Happily”, “Unconditionally For You”, “Love Song” and more.
Johor-born heartthrob participated in talent show “Idol Producer” in 2018 and debuted as one of the members of Chinese boy group, Nine Percent. The 24-year-old defeated 90 other contestants on “Idol Producer”, a Chinese reality show similar to South Korean’s “Produce 101”. His song “Proud Humans of Society”, one of the soundtracks of “Legend of Fuyao” placed first on Billboard Charts and third on QQ Music charts.