Female (Singapore)

THE MODELS WHO DESERVE THE SPOTLIGHT

- 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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