Singapore, I am sure I don’t even need to tell you that the big buzz around town (and all of Asia) is that Asia’s Top Model is here! As you might have remembered, I went to the press conference with Tyra Banks, the creator, back in August where she talked about the show. I’ve been a fan of ANTM since… well, Day 1, so I am so excited for our very own version! I recently got the chance to talk to Todd Anthony Tyler, who is an outstanding fashion photographer well-known throughout Asia (and the world!), and is a judge and resident photographer on Asia’s Next Top Model.
Hi Todd, thank you for chatting with me! First and foremost, for those who don’t know, could you tell us more about yourself?
Thanks so much for taking the time out to chat with me. I’m a fashion photographer based in Shanghai, China. Currently, I operate a photo studio that services some of the most renowned fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands worldwide. I first broke into the fashion industry as a model and after 10 years of modeling full time from Japan to Milan, I began to pursue my lifelong love affair with photography.
You are based in Shanghai, China, and have worked with all the top publications there, like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and L’Officiel – how important are Asian models in the industry?
Asian models like other models with a diverse look, help the industry maintain an definition of beauty that is both broad and evolving. Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, and when casting Asian models a brand has the ability to reach a wider audience. China’s luxury market is also a huge driver behind increased placements of Asian model by high-end fashion houses. I also believe the features and nuances of Pan-Asian women paint a more global view of what is alluring and attractive.