High-flying undergrad puts degree on hold -- to join modelling reality show

30 January 2014 / 2 years 8 months ago

She took a six-month break from her university studies to join a modelling reality TV show.

Now that she is a top three contestant on SupermodelMe Femme Fatale, undergraduate Sasha Quahe feels that a career in modelling is a card that is now on the table. Or at least she will “try her best at it for a few years”.

Quahe will go up against finalists Ying Liu and Katherine Rigby during the show’s season finale, which will air on Feb 3 on Diva Universal (StarHub TV Ch 522) at 8pm and on Feb 5 on Channel 5 at 10.30pm. The winner will take home $35,000 in cash.

The 20-year-old is a final-year bachelor of commerce student at the University of Western Australia and she has filled her transcript with many high distinctions so far.

According to a report on The New Paper, the decision to put her studies on hold was not frowned upon by her Singaporean lawyer father, who lives in Perth.

“He’s not your typical Asian dad,” Quahe said. “He was really supportive of me when I decided to opt out of my law degree and change my educational pathway.

“And when I told him about the SupermodelMe contest, he just said ‘good luck’. I guess he’s just more concerned about me pursuing whatever I’m passionate about and what makes me happy.”

Quahe said that she does not regret her detour into modelling, despite the fact that she will graduate six months later than her peers.

She said: “I made the choice to do so because I figured that once you’re in the workforce, you can’t just take six months off to do something you want to try out. I’m not in a rush to finish my degree and I really wanted to try this because to me, it’s important that you explore.”

After the competition, Quahe will head to France for an exchange programme and then complete her degree. Quahe said she has always been looking to work in a field she is passionate about.

Now, because of the competition, she has become “more serious about modelling” and plans to work full-time as a model for at least a few years before settling into a different type of work environment.

“I think this competition has made me more confident as a person and now as a model.”

Fellow contestant Ying Liu described Quahe as a “sophisticated beautiful nerd”.

Ying recounted: “Once, we had to perform a task in the competition and we were put into groups to figure out codes and read maps. I think Katherine and I were just so happy that we had Sasha on our team.”

Photos 1 to 3 show sasha Quahe, while the rest of the gallery shows other beauty pageant contestants and models.

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