Comparing Asian wannabe models to their American counterparts, celebrity photographer Mike Rosenthal notices one big difference: The Asians are more shy.
Rosenthal, who has shot the leggy beauties on hit reality TV show America's Next Top Model as well as been a guest judge, is now resident judge and photographer on the second and latest season of its Asian spin-off, Asia's Next Top Model.
Outside of the show, he has shot the likes of A-list stars such as actresses Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron, and actors Robert De Niro and John Travolta.
Speaking to Life! over the telephone from Los Angeles where he is based, he gave his frank view of the contestants on Asia's Next Top Model. Season 2 premieres on Star World (StarHub TV Channel 501, SingTel mio TV Channel 301) on Wednesday.
"Obviously, some of the Asian contestants were very outgoing but as a whole, a lot of the girls had more difficulties expressing emotions, and were more reserved and shy. Some of them even said that they grew up not expressing their opinions. So I think there was that cultural difference when you compare them to American girls."
In comparison, says the photographer, "there are young American girls who are very, very open about sharing their opinions with just about everybody".
He adds that the Asian contestants' tendency to be more reserved did limit them somewhat in certain situations.
"For some of them, it could have been an English language issue but I felt bad if they couldn't speak up properly. Everybody's a little afraid of saying that they don't know something because they don't want to be a pest and cause problems. But to me, I think it's important for people to ask questions to clarify certain things if they have to."