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6 Malaysian models who are rocking it internationally

6 Malaysian models who are rocking it internationally

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Text: Joan Kong Su Fen Tan Kelly Lim Adelina Tan

Image: Atikah Karim
Image: Vanizha Vasanthanathan
Image: Gwen Lu
Image: Angie Ng

From Hong Kong to New York, here are six Malaysian fashion models who are making a name for themselves overseas

The modelling industry is tough, period. Standing out isn't easy, but standing out *too much* could also mean not getting the most coveted gigs. Fortunately, although colourism within the industry isn't uncommon, it is changing and becoming more diverse. Below are six Malaysian models who are thriving on the international circuit:

Atikah Karim

No stranger to the international runways, this New York-based Bajau-Bruneian beauty has a beautiful, exotic look marked by sharp features and tanned skin. No doubt one of the most successful names on the list, she's been slaying the runway in the past few seasons and walking for designers like Rick Owens, Marine Serre, and Peter Do (check out the video she filmed for us backstage!).

Agencies: One Management in New York, Metropolitan / M Management / Makers in Paris, 3mmodels and M + P Models in London, Blow Models in Barcelona, Viva Models in Berlin, IMM Bruxelles in Brussels, Freedom Models in Los Angeles, Book Management in Montreal, and MIKAs in Stokholm.

Gwen Lu

Having modelled for close to two decades now, Gwen Lu continues to thrive in the industry with her super-cool bob hairstyle and razor-sharp cheekbones––her recent appearance in Balenciaga's AW22 show at Milan Fashion Week proves it.

Agencies: Major Model Management in New York, City Models in Paris, M+P Models in London, New Generation Model Management in Amsterdam, d model agency in Athens, View Management in Barcelona, VIVA Models in Berlin, 20 Model Management in Cape Town, Spin Model Management in Hamburg, Ave. Management in Singapore, Brave Models in Tokyo

Vanizha Vasanthanathan

Model and Odissi dancer Vanizha Vasanthanathan made headlines in Malaysia following her debut on the runways of Milan Fashion Week for new Italian labels Marco Rambaldi and ACT N°1. She first broke into the international modelling scene at India's Lakme Fashion Week in 2016, before landing opportunities at Beijing Fashion Week, Jakarta Fashion Week, Vogue India, and Sephora (becoming the first Malaysian Indian to be in the brand's international campaign).

Agency: Archive Models

Angie Ng

Born in Penang, Angie Ng has made a name for herself as one of the most recognisable faces in Hong Kong since moving there over a decade ago. Her signature bob and pouty lips have landed her in TV commercials, as well as big fashion and beauty campaigns. Aside from modelling, Angie is also a law graduate, boxing instructor, dancer, and mum to a young son—talk about beauty, brains, brawn and stamina. Another fun fact: She's the cousin of Friend of Buro, Sarah Lian.

Agency: Model One in Hong Kong

Sheena Liam-Zacharevic

Winning Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 2 in 2014 catapulted her name into the limelight, and years later, Liam's career has only been going onward and upward. Married to artist Ernest Zacharevic (check out the beautiful shots from their wedding in Lithuania here), she also has an artistic streak and has made a name for herself as an embroidery artist. Find her work on the Times New Romance account, which has garnered over 290k followers.

Agencies: Ludlow Scout, Women/360 Models in Paris, Fashion Model Management in Italy

Salomé Das

Born in Germany to a French father and an Indian mother, Salomé's beautiful thick brows and high cheekbones are not to be missed. She's starred in local designers Afiq M and Alia Bastamam's campaigns, been featured in several magazines including Vogue India and continues to make a name for herself between London, Paris and KL.

Agency: Elite World Group

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