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Wanna Be A Model?

Posted by: Phat Mama, 6-May-2009

I was at the Estee Lauder Model Search Contest 2009 event yesterday and bumped into some media friends as well as Xandria Ooi, one of the hottest celebrities in town at the moment.

Xandria is as usual her bubbly and down-to-earth self, taking time to say hello and introducing her mum and manager to me for the umpteen times.

(From left) A participant having her make-over and the always beautiful Xandria Ooi.

Her much-talked about book Love, Work and Everything in Between is already on the bookshelves since mid March. But her favourite topic at the moment must be her 13-episode Xandria’s Weekend Discovery that will be aired on NTV7 starting this Thursday.

Also seen at the event was Daphne Iking as emcee and one of Malaysia’s top designers Sonny San who provided his clothes brand Eclipse for the Estee Lauder Model Search Contest.

Eclipse was launched in 1996 when Sonny opened the first Eclipse flagship store at Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur.

Since then Sonny who won the Designer of the Year 2008 award during last year’s Malaysian International Fashion Week (MIFW) has expanded the business to Thailand as well as Saudi Arabia. The Eclipse boutiques can also be found at most of the major shopping malls in the country.

Sonny San putting the final touches to Daphne Iking's outfit from Eclipse.

The Estee Lauder Model Search Contest 2009 is in its third year running and the concept and message is build around the brand’s philosophy “to be beautiful at any age”. Contestants are divided into two categories – below 29 years old (Category A) and 30 and above (Category B). Girls below 18 years old can participate provided they get their parents’ consent.

Making an appearance at the event were the previous year’s winners Carishiela Kujipers (Cay) who was the grand prize winner and Sandra Yap who won the Estee-Lauder-Sony Most Photo Perfect. The grand prize winner of last year’s Category B, Priscilla Wong could not attend the event.

A contestant strikes a post (L) and 2008's winners Sandra and Cay (R).

The search for the right candidates has only just started on May 4. Those interested in participating can catch the Estee Lauder Model Dream Team at various locations throughout the country. To know more about the contest, event and details of locations please read