The changing face of New Face

The changing face of New Face

There is something new about The New Paper New Face 2014.

This year, there are no age limits. It was limited to girls between 14 and 23 last year.

At the last walk-in audition yesterday at Bugis+, some 300 hopefuls registered for their chance to catch the judges' eyes.

Among them was Miss Kho Hui Ting, 30. She first auditioned "many years ago", when she was a teenager. Since then, she has joined pageants, including Miss Singapore International 2007, where she came in fourth.

She has also shot advertisements for designer brands Kate Spade and Moschino by responding to calls for models in newspapers.

Her friend suggested she join New Face again this year, since the age limit has been removed.

Miss Kho said: "The other contestants are very strong. They're sweet young things, they're pretty and have the height."

The ex-air stewardess struck up a conversation with a 19-year-old in the queue and felt the 11-year age gap was a bit "depressing".

She said: "Competing with teenagers is challenging, but I'll stay positive. It's a good experience."

And it worked. Miss Kho is one of the 94 chosen for the second round of this year's competition, which will be held on July 5.

This is when the competition will be whittled down to the Top 25.

The youngest to go through to Round 2 were both 13-year-olds.

Nuur Imaani Bee Lutfi, who is competing for the first time, said: "I'm shocked but happy. I didn't expect to get through."

The CHIJ Katong Convent student is a fan of the Next Top Model franchise.

Her father, Mr Lutfi Ahmad, 45, helped her to learn to walk in heels a few weeks before the audition.

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