My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

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My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

Post by General Mackevili » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:05 am

I just saw this on Facebook. Sounds like she'll be on lockdown for a while. No phone calls. No SMS's. No email. And God forbid, no Facebook.

I hope she wins it! She's very beautiful, and even has a kid already, so kudos to her!

She doesn't seem very confident though, saying something like "I'll be back after I lose at some point..." Maybe she's just modest.

I wish her luck!

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“I hope I win ‘Cambodia’s Next Top Model.’ My life will change forever and I will become a superstar in Cambodia,” said 20-year-old Kim Karona on the first day of filming the Cambodian version of the hit reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model.”

Ms. Karona is one of 35 women aged 18 to 27 shortlisted to appear on the show, franchised by Cambodian Broadcasting Corporation to be aired on MyTV in August. Yesterday and today, the number is being trimmed to 15. The finalists will become roommates as they seek to beat each other to a $20,000 prize and a career in modeling.

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The four judges of "Cambodia's Next Top Model" appraise an aspiring model during filming of the show's first episode. (Simon Henderson/The Cambodia Daily)

Like most of the women at the Cambodiana Hotel on Sunday, Ms. Karona did not lack confidence in her chances of making it through.

“I have a beautiful face, a beautiful body, a beautiful everything, so I hope I can win,” she said.

The reality TV show was created in the U.S. by model-cum-media mogul Tyra Banks and its success has led to more than 20 different international variations in countries such as Australia, Russia, South Africa and now, Cambodia.

In a recent interview, Ms. Banks said the secret of the show’s global appeal is that the audience gets to watch the girl next door unravel the mystery of an enigmatic industry and become a success.

They think: “I can do that, I can try out to be ‘America’s Next Top Model’—and millions have,” she said in a March interview with New Zealand’s Black Magazine.

The reality, of course, is that not everyone really can do that.

On Sunday, the 35 hopefuls nervously showcased their potential to master the catwalk in front of the judges. At 10 p.m. last night, 35 would be slimmed to 25.

Today, they will face the lens of a professional fashion photographer, a test that will end the dreams of a further 10 aspiring young models on the final day of eliminations.

As they take to the catwalk, the poster-perfect sight of Cambodian supermodel and judge Kouy Chandanich must deliver a jolt of recognition at how far they have left to travel. But the journey must start somewhere, she said.

“The show is not about the judges, it is about the girls—we want them to be open and willing to learn and watch them grow within their profession,” said Ms. Chandanich, who will judge alongside Cambodian TV presenter Yok Chenda, fashion photographer Chem Vuth Sovin and Cambodian-American fashion designer Remy Hou.

Although many of the women expressed to the judges their desire to be rich and famous, Mr. Hou said their dreams chime with most of their fellow Cambodians.

“We have heard many sad stories today,” Mr. Hou said. “Many of the girls have expressed the aspiration to be famous, but most of them are still looking for a career and an opportunity to help their families.”

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Re: My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:25 am

Any personal swim suit pics of your friend you want to share?
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Re: My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

Post by General Mackevili » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:44 pm

Kung-fu Hillbilly wrote:Any personal swim suit pics of your friend you want to share?
Not that I want to share, LoL, but she was in Bali not too long ago.

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Post by Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:44 pm

Not sure if being a Cambodian top model would really change one's life. Actually, I guess it might given the phone calls from oknhas and all that. I wonder how much the mid-range models from Saphors make for a day-long photoshoot. Probably more than me :-p (but for the vast majority, the work isn't regular).

Good luck to your friend. And post those bikini pics damnit.
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Post by dagenham » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:40 pm

Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:Not sure if being a Cambodian top model would really change one's life. Actually, I guess it might given the phone calls from oknhas and all that. I wonder how much the mid-range models from Saphors make for a day-long photoshoot. Probably more than me :-p (but for the vast majority, the work isn't regular).

Good luck to your friend. And post those bikini pics damnit.
So very true and tres scary that...I knew a high profile TV presenter here once and she told me some amazing stories. She said that any oknhas (or any other rich powerful men) can pick any woman they want from the TV. Seriously. She personally knew 2 women (with poor families) who went permanently missing. Disappeared. Even middle-class women can be poached with simple death threats directed at the family. Put out...or you and your family might die. No negotiation.

To be fair, these predators pay the families handsomely for raping their daughters and this is, of course, very nice of them. My friend fortunately met a European and was able to dodge a few close "calls" - getting out of the TV business before receiving "an offer you can't refuse". These men are so powerful it's like Home Shopping Network for them re: gorgeous young women. Since I was completely removed from that industry I had no idea and not many other people do - for obvious reasons.

Here if you are rich and powerful enough you can injure, rape, and kill anyone you want any time you want. Perhaps that tragically inequitable situation applies globally (in the end) but here you can do it with such ease and fluid immunity that there no coverage, reportage, etc. highlighting this. Fear rules.
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Re: My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

Post by Joon » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:20 pm

I'm not sure how I feel about this whole reality TV contest. I think it sends the wrong messages to Cambodians and young Cambodians about giving more value to being "rich and famous" over nurturing moral and civic integrity.
Between the catwalk contestant who gets TV airtime and the young woman student who campaigns about reporting corruption practices, who will be given the most encouragement, support and value as a model of inspiration?
Without blaming any of them, I think there's something wrong in that picture.
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Re: My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

Post by Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:29 pm

Maybe, but these contests take place everywhere in the world. For Cambodian women I guess it's more of a way out of poverty instead of a shot at stardom. Still, I agree that this sort of reality TV is crap and it would be nice if Cambodia didn't follow the bandwagon. 15 minutes of fame and all... Plus, most chicks on those shows aren't even hot.
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Re: My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

Post by General Mackevili » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:37 pm

Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:Maybe, but these contests take place everywhere in the world.
Yeah, I agree it's just promoting vanity, but the world over promotes it.

I do think it's cool that it's come to Cambodia though.

Kind of interesting to see where it goes.

I never watched American Idol either, but acknowledge what a great success it was around the world!
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Re: My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

Post by King Keil » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:24 am

Same shit anywhere in the world. And how stupid that show is, girls are presented like a piece of meat. If I remember it right some of the most stupid shittalking of all time.
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Re: My Friend Might Be Cambodia's Next Top Model

Post by phuketrichard » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:14 pm

got to give them dreams out of the life they live

How many little girls wanted to grow up an meet prince charming

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