Singapore girls are stunning, says Top Model judge

Singapore girls are stunning, says Top Model judge

Foreign fashion gurus have, in the past, dissed Singaporeans for having poor taste in fashion.

In 2012, French designer Roland Mouret spoke about the many "fashion disasters" he saw during his stay here, particularly men with "the wrong shorts and the flip-flops".

A year later, Taiwanese style expert and TV host Pauline Lan gave women in Singapore a measly score of three out of 10 for fashion sense.

But top Australian fashion designer Alex Perry has come to Singapore's defence, saying it would be "wrong to generalise a whole culture or country that way".

He says: "There's going to be good and bad in every country. People are always saying Australians dress too casually too and that they look like they're going to the beach.

"So you will have people who dress good and bad, no matter where you go. In Paris, you will also have people who dress badly."

Perry, who has dressed models and celebrities Elle Macpherson, Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado, adds: "I've seen hundreds of women who dress beautifully in Singapore. So I can't agree with any people who say otherwise."

He was speaking to Life! over the telephone to promote the third and latest season of reality TV series Asia's Next Top Model, for which he is creative director and a new judge.

He has judged seven cycles of Australia's Next Top Model. Asia's Next Top Model, which is shot in Singapore and is part of the popular Top Model TV franchise by Tyra Banks in the United States, pits aspiring models together in various challenges and photo shoots.

Singapore is represented this season by 19-year-old Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw.

To avoid spoilers, Perry could not give away too many details about the contest but he says: "I just love the Top Model franchise. I love the fact that we get to search for ordinary girls who can become extraordinary models."

8 questions with Alex Perry

1. Do Singapore women have what it takes to be top models?

Of course. Singapore women are gorgeous. Before I came to shoot here, I used to fly very often on Singapore Airlines and, of course, the Singapore girls are stunning.

I've seen many girls going to work here who are beautifully dressed and groomed.

2. In the entertainment scene in the region, pan-Asian women are often considered more beautiful than pure Asian women. What do you think about that?

I find that really strange to hear. I love the Asian beauty and the Asian aesthetic. A model like Liu Wen, for example, is beautiful and classically Chinese.

One of the most gorgeous things about Asian women is their beautiful, glossy black hair. I just don't understand it when they make it blonde or orange.

To me, it's really weird - it's like they are from X-Men or something. I don't mind people playing with different looks, but when you physically change the way you're born, that's just strange.

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