Putting their best foot forward


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Vendy Lee created her art piece with the theme ‘The Warrior’ with strong reds and golds emphasising strength.

THERE is more to the beauty industry than just glitz and glamour.

A lot goes on backstage and behind the lens, too. Students who graduated from the Amber Chia Academy (ACA) put on a show to prove the industry represented passion and a spark that allows talent to shine through.

Covering everything from modelling, hair styling, make-up, nail art and photography, the ACA Glitz and Glamour Graduation Show 2017 at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya was the seventh edition.

The Amber Chia Academy’s Glitz and Glamour Graduation Show 2017 held at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya showcased young talent on the catwalk. — Photos: MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

The Amber Chia Academy’s Glitz and Glamour Graduation Show 2017 held at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya showcased young talent on the catwalk. — Photos: MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

The show gave the audience a glimpse of two of the 18 finalists for Face of Malaysia 2017 (FoM) who were awarded the academy’s Most Promising Male and Female Models 2017.

Sprinkled head-to-toe in sequins and with a pair of white-feathered wings on his shoulders, model Su Leh King, 22, was thrilled to be one of seven male models in the running as an FoM finalist. “It is an international competition and I am so excited as it could mean going to South Korea.

“I have been working very hard to train myself for it in many different ways.

“Every day the mirror is my friend as I try out new expressions for modelling,” he joked while expressing his love for photo shoots and high fashion modelling.

Winners of the Most Promising Male and Female Models 2017, Su (left) and Teh are in the running as Face of Malaysia 2017’s two finalists.

Winners of the Most Promising Male and Female Models 2017, Su (left) and Teh are in the running as Face of Malaysia 2017’s two finalists.

Teh See Theng, 21, who fell into modelling because of her can-do attitude and curious nature, was enthusiastic about being a finalist.

“The most important thing the academy and Amber Chia taught me was that to be a model, we must be confident and trust ourselves.

“I hope to win in the FoM but either way I am going to continue modelling,” she said. Teh added that one of the best things about being a model was being able to try different and unusual things that the designer asked her to model, which made her see different sides of herself.

A big winner for the night was graduate Marcus Ch’ng, 19, who won the Most Creative Hair Accessories Designer 2017 and Most Promising Nail Designer 2017 awards.

Though traditional oriental themes inspired his nail art titled “Phoenix Lady”, it was far from conventional, with vibrant mashing of colours of purples, greens, reds and of course, gold. His hair pieces were abstract with no theme but suited the outfit, makeup and model.

Nail design and art extended far beyond the fingers as nail artists created a whole outfit to suit their own themes. Pictured is the winning art piece by Ch‘ng titled ‘Phoenix Lady’.

Nail design and art extended far beyond the fingers as nail artists created a whole outfit to suit their own themes. Pictured is the winning art piece by Ch‘ng titled ‘Phoenix Lady’.

“I was so very happy when I found out I won because I liked doing make-up and things to do with fashion and beauty from a very young age.

“I just never thought that I would win let alone win in two categories, but I think for me what makes me feel greater is when a model showcases my art pieces as it pushes me to do better,” he said.

ACA principal and model Amber Chia said 400 applicants applied for FoM, who were then shortlisted to 200 before being selected as the top 18 finalists.

Judges for the event finals on May 13 will hail from South Korea and India in addition to Malaysia with the top male and female winners standing a chance to be signed by a modelling agency from Milan, Italy.

“These days, just being a model is not enough because there are so many aspects that need to be taken into account, from social media to public relations skills.

Amber Chia Academy Glitz and Glamour Graduation Show 2017 at IOI City Mall, PutrajayaMOHD SAHAR MISNI/The STAR

Nail artist Pui Food used leaves on nails in copper and earthy tones

“To be a celebrity and a well-known face, they need to know how to influence others, be likeable and get their audience to relate to them.

“But most importantly, it is passion in the entertainment and fashion industry, a passion that will last in the long run. My philosophy is if you never try, you’ll never know,” said Chia.

The event’s main sponsor was Pensonic Group and presented by Monspace with outfit sponsors AD Jeans by YFS Concept Store and Esmod Kuala Lumpur.

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