|Asia Model Festival Organizing Committee (AMFOC) Chairman Yang Eui-sig hands a prize to FACE of Thailand winner Ganticha Williams at the BITEC Hall 101 in Bangkok. Courtesy of AMFOC|
By Lee Min-young
The "2020 Asia Model Festival FACE of Thailand" contest was held at BITEC Hall 101 in Bangkok, Friday.
Out of 26 contestants, four models have been singled out ― Waramphorn Sutthipong, 19, Kotchalorn Kankong, 22, Saknarong Leesim, 22, and Ganticha Williams, 22 ― who will have the chance to win the "FACE of Asia" title by competing with the winners from more than 20 Asian countries in the finals in Seoul.
The event was hosted by the Asia Model Festival Organizing Committee (AMFOC) and sponsored by TONYMORY, KTCC, Kantana, Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Tourism Organization, KOWIN, Happy Korea, H.Y-GIN Korea, PROMICE, ICONIC, PATTRIC BOYLE BANGKOK, IㆍSEOULㆍU, Seoul Tourism Organization, K-BEAUTY EXPO BANGKOK, BANGKOK BEAUTY SHOW, and KINTEX.
"I did not expect anything close to winning this competition and I am very honored for this opportunity," said winner Ganticha Williams. "It will be my first visit to Korea and I will prepare extra to get myself on the runway next year in Seoul."
Thailand's top model Boondaree Jitreengam, the 2013 FACE of Thailand as well as the FACE of Asia winner, congratulated winners and wished them the best of luck in the finals. "Winning the FACE of Asia title in 2013 was a very special turning point in my modeling career. From that day on, I was able to work as a fashion model in many other countries," she said.
Top Thai celebrities also appeared at the event.
FACE of Asia, part of the 15th Asia Model Festival (AMF), is the largest model-search platform in Asia. The final will be in June next year in Seoul.
China, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Nepal, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Arabia, Bangladesh and Taiwan will send models to Seoul.
The next local contest will be in Mongolia on August 17.
|The '2020 Asia Model Festival FACE of Thailand' was held Friday (local time) at BITEC Hall 101 in Bangkok. Courtesy of AMFOC|
|Judges and sponsors at the 2020 FACE of Thailand event. Courtesy of AMFOC|
|Contestants pose for judges in Thailand. Courtesy of AMFOC|
|2020 FACE of Thailand winner Ganticha Williams. Courtesy of AMFOC|
|2020 FACE of Thailand winner Saknarong Leesim. Courtesy of AMFOC|
|Thai celebrities, from left, May-Ravisara, Narongrit Ounburoom, Eak Thanachot, Dream Pichaya and Toon Panisara, attended the event. Courtesy of AMFOC|
|Former FACE of Asia winner Boondaree Jitreengam, film director West Saharat and Thai celebrities Akosoenkorn Natekerdsiri and Natthaweeranuch Thongmee. Courtesy of AMFOC|
|2013 FACE of Thailand and FACE of Asia winner Boondaree Jitreengam congratulated the winners. Courtesy of AMFOC|