New Face 2016 finds its 25 semi-finalists
A total of 110 aspiring models turned up at The New Paper New Face 2016 closed-door auditions at Subaru's Leng Kee showroom on Saturday.
Twenty-five made it to the semi-finals.
As the audition began, there was palpable tension in the air.
Many of the girls looked nervous and some, a little lost, but family and friends were there to give their support.
Sharmen Diana Frugtniet, 18, a student, said: "I'm excited. I practised by doing catwalks and watching videos on YouTube."
The girls were first divided into groups of eight and each group took turns to appear in front of six judges, one of whom was New Face 2006 finalist Poojaa Gill.
Only 29 girls made it through that round.
TNP PHOTO GAVIN FOO: There were 110 aspiring models, at the closed-door auditions yesterday.
Sharon Guay, 17, a student, who was one of those eliminated, said: "It was a great experience. I didn't expect to make it this far."
She would "definitely try again next year", she said.
Her mother Sheila Guay, 44, added: "I'm happy she had this experience and made friends."
Of the 29 who were in the first round, 24 clinched a place in the semi-finals after being evaluated in high heels.
The 25th semi-finalist, Joanna Lydia Koh, had won an automatic place in May upon winning ITE-Carrie's Next Top Model competition.
Student Emilbiany Nengigal Intong, 17, who was selected, said: "It's very satisfying and I'm very happy."
She plans to prepare for the finals by finding her best angles in the mirror and watching shows like America's Next Top Model and The Face UK.
Ashley Rita Wong, 23, was pleased because "New Face has a strong tradition of honouring alumni and lauding their achievements".
She looks forward to "becoming part of a legacy".
The youngest semi-finalist for New Face 2016 is student Ashley Soo, who is just 15.
She admitted that being the youngest to get this far is "very overwhelming".
Ashley is excited about "participating in the fun photo shoots", but she is also looking forward to "testing (her) boundaries when given a task to complete".
New Face at Shape Run 2016
The New Face 2016 finalists will make their debut at Shape Run 2016.
The first women's race in Singapore, Shape Run 2016 is returning for its 11th year.
Participants can choose to run in the 5km, 10km or 15km races.
A 1.8km Family Fun Run for families with two to four members is also available.
WHEN: July 24
WHERE: Bayfront Event Space
COST: Early bird rates, which are available until the end of today, range from between $39 for two participants for the Family Fun Run to $55 for an individual in the 15km category. After that, prices range between $49 for two participants for the Family Fun Runv to $65 for an individual in the 15km category.
REGISTRATION: Register online at shape.com.sg/shaperun/
About TNP New Face
The New Paper New Face is now in its 24th year and is one of Singapore's most prestigious modelling competitions.
The alumni include local actresses Atikah Suhaime and Shine Koh, models Vivien Ong, Rachel Erasmus and Poojaa Gill, and social media star Eunice Annabel Li.
Winner: $10,000 cash and a feature in Her World magazine
1st runner-up: $5,000 cash
2nd runner-up: $3,000 cash
The New Paper New Face 2016 is presented by: Subaru Motor Image
Official make-up: Cosmoprof Academy
Official fashion mall: Marina Square
Official magazine: Her World
Official radio station: Kiss92 FM
For more information, check out New Face on Facebook (facebook.com/thenewpapernewface), Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram (@TNPNewFace).