Asia’s Next Top Model has successfully wrapped up another cycle. I can’t believe it’s been four cycles already. I can still remember my first AsNTM post in my blog (then on Tumblr). I’ve recapped every episode (and reviewed some of them), but now it’s time to take a look back at what the show did great and what we, the fans, think need to be cut and made-over. Below are some of my literal reactions to the recently concluded Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4.
2015 was Amiciness’ debut year after expanding out from Tumblr. Honestly, I didn’t expect the blog to grow as fast as it did. After 525,600 minutes, the blog gained a couple of sponsors, 170 likes in Facebook, over 80,000 page views and almost 40,000 unique visitors. This blog is my “baby” project. Since blogs became a thing, I have always wanted to have my own and I have always been a frustrated writer. For some reason, I forgot to fulfil this dream. Maybe I felt that I was not ready or I could not sustain it because of school and eventually my day job. Finally, I decided to do it and commit. You won’t know if you’re ready for something unless you’d tried. This is Amiciness’ 2015 Year in Review.
2015 Year in Review
To celebrate 2015, here’s a recap of the posts that went “viral” (in my own definition) and those that were memorable to me as a blogger and pop culture fanatic.
Let’s go down memory lane!
It’s only been three cycles of Asia’s Next Top Model. But what would an all-star cycle look like? Here is my dream AsNTM All-Star cast from the girls in the cycles so far:
- Stephanie (Philippines/Cycle 1) 1
- Jodilly (Philippines/2) 2
- Aimee (Singapore/3) 3
These girls are out for vengeance. They almost clinched the title… but not quite. Will they do enough to get the crown the second time around?
The Early Exits
- Rachel (India/Cycle 1)
- Trang (Vietnam/1)
- Marie (Japan/2) 4
- Celine (Vietnam/3) 5
Fan favorites gone too early. Will they climb up the ranks to the top, or stay stuck at the bottom?
The Dark Horses
- Aastha (Nepal/Cycle 1)
- Josephine (Malaysia/2) 6
- Melissa (Malaysia/3) 7
We see the potential in these girls, but they might not have shown their full capacity in their respective cycles. Will these girls break through the all stars and shine in their own right?
The “Mean Girls”
- Helena (Hong Kong/Cycle 1) 8
- Janice (Indonesia/2)
- Tia (Thailand/2) 9
- Tahlia (Indonesia/3)
No cycle is complete without the “villains.” They bring the drama, but will they bring their game face in the all-star battlefield?
What do you think of my all-star cast? Who do you think I missed? What would your dream AsNTM All Star cycle cast look like? Sound off in the COMMENTS below.
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Looking back this cycle, there were only a handful of episodes where I could pick my top favorite photographs. I also tried very hard to, as much as possible, choose one picture per model, but I could only shortlist the following for obvious reasons. Anyway, here are my top 10 favorite photos in Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3, starting with:
10. Aimee (Shanghai Beauty)
Love love love all around. Aimee probably had the best hair (next to Gani) since she was not wearing horrible, horrible wigs, so points for that. Her booty tooch demanded attention, which balances the distraction from the busy background and the handsome young lad on the right. Lastly, the dangling strap on her left shoulder was the cherry on top that multiplied the photo’s sexiness by a zillion.
Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 has just successfully wrapped up. I’ve been rating the girls on their performances. Due to insistent public demand, now it’s time to take a look at what the show did great and what we, the fans, think need to be improved.