THE MODELS WHO DESERVE THE SPOTLIGHT
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.”