[Photo: (From left) Cheryl Koh, Sara Chan, Stephanie Fu and Shahirah Price on a scouting mission at Suntec City Mall on Saturday.]
By David Ho, newsroom intern
ELEVEN gorgeous young women were the centre of attention as they strutted around Suntec City Mall on Saturday afternoon.
They were on a mission - to look for other young women who have the looks and poise to emulate them this year.
After all, who better to spot potential finalists in this year's The New Paper New Face contest than those who have gone through the experience?
So the 11 of the 20 finalists in last year's contest turned talent scouts for a day.
After a hearty meal of delicious Japanese food at Shin Kushiya, the girls trawled Suntec City Mall to look for beauties with potential.
Among them was 15-year-old Cyntherea Tan who was optimistic about finding suitable girls.
'I feel quite confident of our chances of finding some hot girls today as the mall is packed on Saturdays,' the Zhonghua Secondary School student said.
And she was right.
|Student Tan Min Yi having her measurements taken by Shatricia Nair. (Photo:TNP,Gavin Foo)
By the end of their scouting session, the team had discovered 11 diamonds in the rough.
It didn't take long for them to come across their first potential New Face, Tan Min Yi.
The 16-year-old said: 'I read the article in The New Paper about the talent scouting session and decided to try my luck. I even have the article here with me.'
The Anderson Secondary School student said she had been approached by a number of modelling agencies, but had turned them down.
'Sounds like fun'
'I didn't accept their offers because I will be taking my O levels later this year and I didn't want to be distracted by modelling assignments.
'But I decided to give The New Paper New Face 2009 a try because it sounds fun and would be more manageable in terms of time,' she said.
Singapore Polytechnic accountancy student Syirin Jamil, 19, was with her friend when she was approached by the team.
Syirin was game but her friend was unable to participate because of scheduling conflicts.
'I would feel a bit sad and disappointed if she can't join me. I hope she can change her plans but I'll let her make her own decision.'
Another pair of friends who were talent-scouted will be joining the contest together.
Retail assistant Yasmeen Banu, 20, was catching up with her friend, Nowreen Khan, 21, over lunch at Pastamania when they were approached by the team.
Yasmeen said: 'I was quite excited and pleasantly surprised when they approached us as I didn't think I was cut out to be a model. But I sure am looking forward to the competition.'
Nowreen added: 'It feels so good to be able to share this experience with a friend.'
Her best friend agreed: 'It's almost like doubling our chances in the competition as we'll be happy for each other no matter how far each of us goes.'
|UniSIM student Celestine Tan having her picture taken by talent scout Stephanie Fu. (Photo:TNP,Gavin Foo)
Last year's New Face winner, Shahirah Price, has this piece of advice.
'Just go in and do your best. Show them you are confident as I feel that's what the judges are looking for.
'Also, don't wear too much make-up. Keep it simple and clean.
'You should wear clothes that compliment your body shape. Make sure that you feel comfortable in those clothes as it won't help to wear clothes you don't feel good in, especially when you are feeling nervous.'
Winning The New Paper New Face 2008 title has helped to launch Shahirah's modelling career.
She said: 'If you never give it a try, you will never know. After all, what have you got to lose by joining it?'
Audition on Sat
Those who missed their chance at being talent-scouted need not despair.
There will be a walk-in audition at Suntec City Mall's Galleria Foyer on Saturday, 13 Jun. Registration will begin at 1pm.
This article was first published in The New Paper.
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