Asia's Next Top Model's Malaysian contestant hits back after getting attacked online by critical countrymen

7 March 2016 / 7 months 3 weeks ago

The only Malaysian contestant for the fourth cycle of Asia's Next Top Model (AsNTM) has been attacked on social media for taking part in a modelling competition as a Muslim.

Tuti, whose real name is Nuraini Noor, stands at 175cm and previously won X Top Model Search malaysia 2012.

While her social media was flooded with congratulatory messages, some commentors were quick to criticise her after discovering that she is a Muslim and dubbed her a contestant for "Next Top Neraka (Hell)".

According to The Star, she told the BBC that while she respected everyone's opinions, she would continue to do her best in the competition.

She said:

"What really separates us is not skin colour nor religion. It's opportunity.

"Different people have different point[s] of view and I am not in control of that. I respect each and everyone's opinion.

"I don't like to put labels on anything. I'm a citizen of the world. I'm that kind of girl who chase[s] her dreams."

Many asked why she was even allowed in the competition as Muslims are purportedly "banned" from such events where contestants have to expose their bodies.

She added: "At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to produce good photos and to fulfill your brief and that's what I intend to do every time."

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