New Face alumni offer tips to new hopefuls

23 June 2013 / 3 years 4 months ago
25 girls were chosen as semi-finalists of The New Paper New Face 2013 at Subaru Hub at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 on June 22.
The modelling competition is presented by Subaru MotorImage and sponsored by Levi’s and New Look.

A panel of six judges ‘“ including Niki Bruce, editor of, top show producer Daniel Boey and New Face alumnus Rachel Erasmus ‘“ picked the contestants from a pool of nearly 150 girls.

The girls were selected via the walk-in auditions last week and a street hunt a fortnight ago.

The New Face 2012 alumni know this process and will be there at the closed-door audition to offer encouragement and support.

The New Paper spoke to them about their experience.

1. How was the closed-door audition like for you?

Ho Sin, 19, student: “I felt nervous because I had never seen so many beautiful and confident-looking girls together.‘

Eunice Lim, 19, student: “I was really anxious and pretty stressed out the whole time.

I was asking my friends who came with me if I looked okay or if my smile was all right.‘

Audrey Lange, 22, student: “The elimination period, when they call out your number, was the most terrifying yet exciting experiences ever. One of the best feelings is when you hear your number being called.‘

2. How did you calm your nerves on the day?

New Face 2012 second, runner-up Syirin Jamil, 23, auditor: “I tried not to think about what was going to happen in the judging room.

I felt like if I could just shut myself off from everything, I would present myself better.

Overthinking kills.

‘New Face 2012 first runner-up Kylie Yuen, 19, student: “I had a nice chat with friendly girls around me.

We gave each other encouragement, tips on our walk and posture and even touched up each other’s make-up.

The friendly atmosphere definitely released a bit of tension.‘

3. What shouldn’t you do?

New Face 2012 winner Sharin Keong, 21, childcare teacher: “Don’t be someone you’re not.

No fake lashes, heavy make-up or over-exposure of your body.

Also, winking and blowing kisses at the judges is not a good idea.‘

Brenda Kho, 20, student: “Don’t come a chock-full of make-up and fake eyelashes that are long enough to sweep the floor.‘

Syirin: “Do not put on thick make-up, do not slouch when you’re in front of the judges and do not strike over-the-top or crazy poses.‘

4. What can the girls expect if they advance to the Top 25?

Audrey: “A temporary big sigh of relief and gratefulness! But, shortly after comes a nerve-wracking photo shoot.

You’ll meet your real competition here.

Judging also starts off-camera, so be professional and humble.

‘Ho Sin: “Expect to work hard, because they’ll need to know how to work their angles and poses in front of the camera.

‘Kylie: “The fun rehearsal nights for finals, photo shoots where there are professionals to doll you up...
Most importantly, expect to form new friendships with your fellow girls.'

5. Last words for the Top 25?

Eunice: “Learn as much as you can from the experts you’ll meet and from the other girls.

If you plan on becoming a professional model in the future, New Face will definitely prepare you well for it.‘

Sharin: “Have fun and seize the moment! You won’t know who the winner will be, but you’ll definitely bring home a great experience!‘

Brenda: “Always remember, you were chosen for a reason, don’t let anything or anyone else say otherwise.'

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