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MOST OUTSTANDING MALAYSIAN MODELS – THE TOP 10
In this issue, Top 10 of Asia shares its selection of the ten most outstanding Malaysian models. In the world of fashion and beauty, models are the living canvases upon which designers’ visions come to life. They are the embodiment of style, grace and the ever-evolving definition of beauty. Beyond the glamorous runways and glossy magazine pages, models are individuals with unique stories, passions and aspirations. These successful individuals are filled with passion and dedication when it comes to modelling. Hailing from diverse backgrounds and pursuing a wide array of interests, these models have not only conquered the catwalk but have also made their mark as influencers, advocates and mentors. From international modelling titles to groundbreaking campaigns, their achievements are nothing short of remarkable.
Asyraf Dasley, a prominent figure in Malaysia’s entertainment scene, has achieved remarkable success as a model, influencer, master of ceremonies, actor and training enthusiast. Born in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Asyraf’s face is a familiar sight in the modeling industry, on billboards, in print ads, and across various digital and social media platforms. He has earned international acclaim by winning titles such as Male Winner of Models Culture Next Top Model 21 in London and Male Winner of Face of Asia 2020 in Seoul, Korea. Asyraf’s academic journey is equally impressive as he is pursuing a PhD in Technology Design-Entrepreneurship with outstanding academic achievements. In addition to his diverse talents, Asyraf is also passionate about business, education and personal skills development, as he is a Certified Trainer by HRDC.
Natalie Prabha is currently represented by Galatea Management and The Models Lab KL. She is a professional model, sustainable living advocate, world traveller, fashion stylist, plant-based and low-waste food writer, and photographer. Over the last several years, she has made her mark in the fashion and beauty industry throughout Southeast Asia. Natalie’s career began when she was spotted by an organiser for Malaysian Fashion Week to walk for their shows and the rest is history. Armed with a passion for environmental care, Natalie shares her thoughts on reducing food wastage, her journey with a plant-based diet, recipe creation, and much more on her social media platforms. In 2021, she was appointed as a Champion for the World Food Forum. A proud Sabahan, she celebrates her heritage, which includes Kadazan, Indian and Chinese backgrounds, by showcasing it as much as possible on her platform and also works with local talents to promote their craft.
Hidayah Baharudin has carved an impressive niche in the modelling world since 2016, radiating both elegance and unwavering determination. Standing tall at 175cm, Hidayah’s commanding presence is undeniable. Her exquisite sense of style, influenced by renowned designers like Biyan and Dior, distinguishes her as a fashion aficionado. Her modelling career reached new heights with a remarkable debut at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week in 2016. This catapulted her into the limelight. Among her notable achievements, featuring in a Levi’s campaign remains a cherished highlight. She currently mentors aspiring models, imparting catwalk and photoshoot skills. Her discerning eye makes her a sought-after judge during designer castings, and she’s trusted by both designers and casting directors to represent big brands on the runway.
Nina Amin is a multi-talented model, TV host, and influencer. Her career is a captivating tale of unexpected beginnings and continuous exploration. Initially thrust into the modelling world in 2012 as a last-minute stand-in for a campaign shoot, she quickly garnered attention for her innate talent. Designers recognised her potential, setting the stage for her modelling journey. In 2019, Nina embarked on a new chapter by participating in the prestigious Dewi Remaja competition, where she won the Dewi Inspirasi 2019 award. Her dreams of becoming a model came true when Nina secured a contract with the renowned Malaysian modelling agency, The Models Lab KL, in 2019. Nina also became a host and acted in music videos. She consistently welcomes the opportunity to explore fresh endeavours and push her own boundaries.
Athina Kamarudin‘s modeling journey began in Jakarta with Who Knows Models before she gained prominence in her home country, Malaysia, after signing with The Models Lab KL. Her early background in dance, which started at the age of 3, instilled a comfort with movement and performance that has proven invaluable in her modelling career. Athina made her runway debut at KL Fashion Week 2022, where she walked as one of Alia Bastamam’s muses, having previously been her campaign model. This breakthrough opened doors to further modelling opportunities. Athina is committed to challenging the fashion industry, advocating for a more progressive and diverse space for herself and models like her. In just her first year as a professional model, Athina has graced the covers of two magazines and was featured in editorial magazine spreads, finding immense joy in fully expressing the artistic side of her profession.
Tuti Noor, a Kuala Lumpur-based model who also calls Jakarta her second home, had an unconventional start to her modeling career when she was scouted in a university library in 2011, initially helping seniors with their final projects. Her breakthrough came in 2012 when she won the X Top Model Search Malaysia competition. However, it was in 2016, when she joined Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4, that her career truly took off. Now, with 12 years in the modeling industry, Tuti Noor is one of Malaysia’s most sought-after models, standing at 175 cm tall and continuously expanding her horizons. She has been modelling in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Paris, and is currently striving to pursue her modeling career in New York. Throughout her journey, she has had the honour of working with renowned designers like Guo Pei, Naem Khan, Biyan, Sapto Djojokartiko, Sebastian Gunawan and Bernard Chandran.
Natasha Noor is a professional model, social media manager, animal lover, and painter. She has established a prominent presence in the fashion industry over the last decade, leaving her mark on the fashion and beauty scenes across Southeast Asia. Natasha’s career began in 2017 when she walked for a local brand BadKL x Zakwan Anuar and was scouted by TTGFA for a local campaign, and the rest is history. In 2017, Natasha won the Glam Next Face competition, earning herself a cover feature and fashion spread, and her career has skyrocketed ever since. As a self-taught artist, she shares her passion for art through her social media channels, showcasing her creations to her audience. Natasha wears many hats, including that of a social media manager for several F&B and entertainment brands in Singapore and Malaysia. In 2018, she signed with The Models Lab KL and Wynn Models Indonesia, further propelling her career.
Danial Hansen, a native of Selangor, achieved a remarkable feat by clinching the title of Mr. Supranational Malaysia 2023. The competition, which unfolded in Kuala Lumpur, witnessed fierce competition among contestants. What makes Danial’s victory even more special is that he was the very first Malaysian representative at the forthcoming Mr. Supranational 2023 international finals that took place in Poland. Hansen’s name is no stranger to the local pageantry scene. He solidified his reputation as a pageant standout by securing the Mr. Tourism World 2019 title for Malaysia. This prestigious achievement occurred during the competition held in Malta, further establishing Danial Hansen as a rising star in the world of pageantry. His journey to international stages exemplifies his dedication and potential as he prepares to make Malaysia proud on the global stage.
Nia Atasha is a prominent figure in modelling and acting since 2014, collaborating with top international brands like Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Self Portrait. Nia is also seen gracing the covers of multiple prestigous magazines both locally and internationally like Conde Nast, HARPERS Bazaar and L’OFFICIEL. Notably, she holds the distinction of being the first Malay model to represent Victoria’s Secret and was also Bonia’s first local and Malay model to grace its campaign. Nia’s modelling career is bolstered by her affiliation with The Models Lab KL in Kuala Lumpur and Wynn Models Indonesia. Her journey began post-high school. Nia has graced screens in various dramas and films, including “SOEURS”, “Budak Tebing 3”, “Ceroboh” and “Gila Gusti”. She also was a journalist and even ventured into hosting on multiple TV programmes. Beyond entertainment, Nia owns Sleepy Studio, sharing her diverse artistic creations, including abstract paintings, sculptures and also working with brands to create one of a kind collaboration pieces.
Vanizha Vasanthanathan, a star in the fashion world, made a remarkable impact at Milan Fashion Week 2022. Besides her passion in modelling and being a successful model, Vanizha also loves Indian classical dance, which she pursued with dedication and joined the Sutra Dance Theatre at 15. Vanizha’s modelling career has reached impressive heights, including becoming the first Malaysian-Indian to star in Sephora‘s global beauty campaign. She has graced prestigious runways like Lakme Fashion Week and China Fashion Week, appeared on magazine covers and featured in campaigns for renowned designers like Farah Khan. Her presence also extended to magazines such as Vogue India and Options, The Edge Malaysia. Beyond fashion, Vanizha serves as the ambassador of Pets Club, advocating for stray animal shelters and promoting adoption through her influential social media platforms.
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