8.14.2012

Asia's Next Top Model 도전 수퍼모델 와 아시아의 톱모델

도전 수퍼모델에 대해 어떻게 생각합니까? 새로운 아시아의 톱모델이라는 프로그램 시작하는데 아시아의 현대에 있어서 (美)의 표준에 맞이나 그 의미가 변화될까?  
Quick summary of the comments Tyra Banks makes about Singapore:
Tyra mentions that she exited the airport to see Singapore, loves the architecture in Singapore, notes beautiful flight attendants on Singapore Air, and emphasizes the global phenomenon of Next Top Model - which have brought her to discuss the upcoming program Asia's Next Top Model


Meet Judge Nadya:
One judge makes a strong statement for women's education. Singapore-based model-actress-host Nadya Hutagalung dropped out of school at 12 to model, however she strongly urges other girls to complete their education, saying:
 "I really don't advise the models of today to follow in my footsteps.
"They should definitely get an education when they can. An education can be critical.
"Out of 100 models I see, not many have the potential to make it big in the business.
"If they don't make it, at least they'll still have an education to fall back on.
"School wasn't the right thing for me then, but it's a different world we live in now. I'm blessed to have landed on my feet."

Why Asia's Next Top Model? 
Tyra says that 'it's sad that women can not just be beautiful in our differences, that there have to be these different standards that change' & Tyra hopes to expand the definitinon of beauty. 
"I think the rise of Asian models is an absolutely beautiful thing, what I don't like to see is when models of different races come in and out of fashion, like 'Oh it's an Asian model moment' No, it's like Asian people are here forever and not going anywhere, it's not a moment, it just should BE." -Tyra Banks


HOWEVER...
The application guidelines state: "The reality model search is open to all female models aged 18 to 27 years old, at least 5-foot-7 in height, could speak and understand English."

The average female height in South Korea is just over 5 foot 3 inches, Philippines 4 foot 11.5 inches, Vietnam/Cambodia/India/Malaysia all come in at around 5 feet, the average Japanese or Chinese woman at 5 foot 2 inches. Both Korea and Taiwan are in the top 7 nations in the world for plastic surgery. So, what signal might these kinds of competition regulations send for diversity in beauty in a context where height lengthening surgeries cost time, pain and money as some seek 'beauty' specified by height or long legs? 

On the other hand could the promotion of an Asia-Pacific region beauty competition counteract the plastic surgery boom as Asians seek 'Western' look? Could this address inter-regional attitudes toward race, sexism and commodification of the 'other' or fuel these disputes? Could the broadcast in English affect norms of beauty outside Asia, or will it add to the pressure to be beautiful, tall and a perfect English-speaker to the long list of perfections women are evaluated by in some societies? 


What does it take to be Asia's Next Top Model? 
What do you think about Tyra Bank's goal to expand the notion of beauty? What do you think about the judges' explanation of what it takes to be Asia's Next Top Model? 

도전 수퍼모델에 대해 어떻게 생각합니까? 새로운 아시아의 톱모델이라는 프로그램 시작하는데 아시아의 현대에 있어서 (美)의 표준에 맞이나 그 의미가 변화될까?