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Proudly presented by Monspace, andorganised by Runway Productions by Catwalk Guru in Malaysia,the Runway Model Search Asia 2017 (RUMSA) is a brand new reality modelling competition, airing weekly, on the YouTube channel “RUNWAY Model Search Malaysia 2016 / Asia 2017”.


The competition initially began with Runway Model Search Malaysia 2016 (RUMS), whereby four winners were selected for the local leg of the competition. RUMS consists of three webisodes, with Kelly Jagan – the winner of Ford Models Supermodel of the World Malaysia 2009, as its Resident Judge.


The RUMS winners go on to represent Malaysia in RUMSA to compete with models from eight other Asian countries – namely China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. For the recruitment of contestants, various agencies across Asia made recommendations and selections for submission, from which the shortlisted candidates were auditioned via online video calls.


Monika Sta. Maria, an international model from Malaysia but previously based in the Philippines, who also placed first runner up in Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 / 2015, serves as a Resident Judge of RUMSA during its total of five webisodes. “We want to create modelling history in Malaysia since this the first time a competition of this scale is fully filmed and produced in Malaysia,” explains creator Benjamin Toong, who also juggles the roles of Chief Resident Judge and Catwalk Guru, for both RUMS and RUMSA.


Now that the first eight webisodes have been aired online, it is down to wire this evening at the Runway Model Search Asia 2017 Grand Finale, taking place at the iconic Kuala Lumpur Tower, where the following remaining contestants will battle it out on the runway.


Top Five Female Finalists

  • Irene Kaye Girado Sandig; from the Philippines
  • Le My Duyen; from Vietnam
  • Ruby Fung; from Hong Kong
  • Shirlene Low; from Malaysia
  • Yoo Hey Yeon; from Korea


Top Five Male Finalists

  • Felix Ng; from Hong Kong
  • Jake Villumsen; from the Philippines
  • Kim Dong Geon (Gun); from Korea
  • Lucas Reynaldo; from Indonesia
  • Qi Jun Kai (Kai); from China

For the uninitiated, finalists Le My Duyen and Lucas Reynaldo were already eliminated before the Grand Finale but both got voted back into the competition through online voting on social media.


“Bringing models together from different countries and cultures, to learn and grow together, has always been one of my dreams ever since I’ve entered the modelling industry,” added Toong, who will also be one of the Grand Finale judges. The rest of the esteemed panel comprises Resident Judge Sta. Maria, alongside Aaron Kee – CEO of Monspace Media Entertainment, Danny Kim – Director of Elite Model Look Asia Pacific Korea, as well as Vu Khac Tiep – Director of Venus Model Vietnam.


At the conclusion of this exciting RUMSA Grand Finale, the following titles will be awarded accordingly:


  • Best Talent (Female): Shirlene Low from Malaysia
  • Best Talent (Male): Gun from Kora
  • Most Popular Model (based on social media votes): Jake V from the Philippines
  • Runner Up (Female): Irene from the Philippines
  • RUMSA Winner (Female): Heyyeon from Korea
  • Runner Up (Male): Felix from HongKong
  • RUMSA Winner (Male): Kai from China

Aside from the title and glory, both the female and male winners of RUMSA will be walking away with cash as well as prizes in kind, with a combined worth of RM10,000.00, each.


Notable guests of the evening will include Le Ha – Vietnamese actress and model; Angela Shen – Taiwanese model from Eelin; Keith Kee – Malaysian fashion designer; Andrew Tan – CEO of Andrews Models Malaysia; our homegrown supermodels Tinie and Fadzlun Abbas, Josh and Jayden Yen – famous Malaysian twin models; Soo Xu Ze – Malaysian actor and model; Wil Beh – winner of Malaysia Supermodel Search 2015; Shikin Gomez – finalist of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 5 / 2017, and Fancy Goh – Astro artist, amongst many others.

The Runway Model Search Asia 2017 will not have been possible with the support of Monspace (Presenter); Runway Productions by Catwalk Guru (Organiser); KL Tower (Official Venue); N3 Boutique Hotel (Official Hotel); Hair Atelier (Official Hair); Backstage Academy (Official Makeup); 8TV (Official TV); fashion labels Keith Kee Couture, Zsay, and BenAndShawn; photographers Keith Chee, and Tham (Vietnam); as well as sponsors Jasmine Magazine, stylist Jin Hoon, stylist Azukii Beans, Memory Jewelry, Neway Karaoke, and Monspace Media Entertainment.


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