THE MOD­ELS WHO DE­SERVE THE SPOT­LIGHT

Female (Singapore) - - NEWS - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SHAWN PAUL TAN ART DI­REC­TION NOELLE LOH STYLING IM­RAN JALAL

Layla Ong and Bryan Yap – two bud­ding lo­cal faces you’ll be see­ing ev­ery­where soon.

No, they haven’t worked on any ma­jor cam­paigns or cat­walk shows, but like some of the world’s most un­ex­pected – and suc­cess­ful – mod­els (cue ev­ery­one from Kate Moss to Paul Hame­line), th­ese two bud­ding lo­cal faces just have that spe­cial some­thing. To­gether with Tif­fany & Co., Fe­male goes in for a close-up.

Who he is: This 19-year-old, signed to Now Model Man­age­ment, is our an­swer to Ny­ima Ward, the free­wheel­ing model son of ’90s star model Tr­ish Goff (and a Meisel favourite). Yap’s mum, Carol Wan, was a model in the ’90s, and nudged him to­wards the same path by show­ing his photo to in­dus­try friends two years ago.

Why know him: Yap’s port­fo­lio is lean with just a hand­ful of ed­i­to­ri­als and a look­book for Sin­ga­pore la­bel De­pres­sion – he’s been busy with school. The po­lite me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing grad has all the mak­ings of a high fash­ion clothes horse though. An im­pres­sive 1.86m tall and Hedi Sli­mane­rocker-boy skinny, he’d fit right in the league of Asian male mod­els storm­ing the in­ter­na­tional run­ways in re­cent years with his fea­tures: slightly lazy eyes; a prom­i­nent nose and cheek­bones. He’s also a stylist’s dream. To date, he’s al­lowed his shoul­der­length locks to be chopped, dyed plat­inum, shaved, and, for this shoot, pow­dered back to black. No mat­ter the look, he moves on set with cool, quiet charisma.

What’s next: Na­tional ser­vice, and then, he says, most likely more school, but mod­el­ling will al­ways re­main an op­tion. He says: “I en­joy it; I get to wear stuff that I don’t get to wear ev­ery day; and it’s made me more con­scious of how I present my­self.”

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