Aside from three Filipinas being part of the cast for the latest season of SupermodelMe, Catriona Gray will also serve as one of the show’s judges.
The early 2000s were no strangers to fashion-based reality show competitions. With America’s Next Top Model to Project Runway leading the charge, these fashion competitions soon made their way in Asia in the form of Asia’s Next Top Model and SupermodelMe. And after a 7-year hiatus, SupermodelMe is finally coming back. The latest season promises to be an exciting one as it has three Filipinas competing to be the next up-and-coming supermodel, as well as a Filipina judge.
If you are unfamiliar with the show, SupermodelMe is an Asian-based competition show, which sees models and would-be models compete in weekly challenges until a winner is crowned. Think of it as somewhat similar in concept to the Next Top Model franchise. The show first aired in the early 2010s and after season five aired in 2014, the show took a seven-year break. But season six is coming real soon as it was filmed in Singapore this past June and set to be aired this October.
Themed around female empowerment, season six is titled SupermodelMe Revolution as it aims to provide a fresh take on the modeling reality competition series: one that is modern, edgy, and exemplifies what it means to be a model and a female role model today. The new season will see 12 aspiring models from eight markets across Asia compete in intensive sports and fashion-related tasks to be crowned the winner and three of the 12 contestants are from the Philippines. Here are the three Filipinas vying to be the winner of season six.
NIKKI DE MOURA
At just 17 years old, Nikki de Moura is the youngest girl in the competition. But don’t let her age fool you because she’s coming into the competition with her youthful edge determined to win. She was born in Brazil before moving back to the Philippines when she was 13. Aside from her strikingly beautiful curly hair, this Pinay beauty has also been described as goofy, talkative, and spontaneous, and feels confident that she’ll capture the hearts of her fellow contestants and viewers. Nikki also has some pageant experience under her belt as she once represented Cagayan De Oro in Miss Teen Philippines.
Cassandra Laforteza is coming into SupermodelMe with a fighter’s spirit and with years of professional experience under her belt. She has walked numerous major fashion shows in the country and has been photographed and featured in major Philippine magazines. Cassandra is also a businesswoman as she is the owner of a Japanese restaurant called Gureisu Okawari in Quezon City and has her own lifestyle brand called Seasons Philippines. This Marikina native and advertising account manager also has her own YouTube channel.
MELANIE JANE FERNANDEZ
Before she entered the modeling world, Melanie Jane used to be a volleyball player. In fact, she was once a member of the National Youth Volleyball team. So, it’s safe to say she isn’t new to high-stress and competition-like environments. This sporty model hopes that competing in SupermodelMe will help her transition from sports into modeling. Fun fact: Melanie is also currently studying journalism.
CATRIONA GRAY WILL BE A JUDGE ON THE SHOW
But the three Filipinas won’t be the only Pinoy representation on the show. Our very own Catriona Gray will serve as one of the permanent judges on the show. She will be joined by Thai supermodel and actress Cindy Bishop, who will also serve as the host, Yu Tsai, a photographer and former judge on AsNTM, Hanli Hoefer, a TV host, and emcee, and Ase Wang, a Singaporean actress, model, and entrepreneur.
Meanwhile, AsNTM Cycle 3 runner-up, MEGA Fashion Crew alum, and Filipina Monika Sta. Maria and AsNTM Cycle 6 Dana Slosar will serve as “taskmasters,” where they will help mentor and guide the contestants throughout the show. The winner’s prizes will include a Subaru Ambassadorship, a cover on Harper’s Bazaar, and a modeling contract with Storm Model Management.
SupermodelMe Revolution is set to air on 11 October 2021, Monday at 7:55 pm on AXN Asia, across 10 weekly episodes.