Interview with David Hong, Winner of the Elite Model Look Singapore 2012
With the increasing saturation of modeling competitions in Singapore, it is not surprising that their credibility is waning of late. Elite Model Look, however, stands out from the crowd by being the springboard for the launch of the careers of internationally renowned supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen, and current “It-Girl”, Lara Stone. The glitz and the glamour aren’t only reserved for the girls though, as the 2012 edition of Elite Model Look Singapore saw 20-year-old David Hong emerging as one of the overall male winners of the competition.
I caught up with David, who has just completed his National Service, and had a quick chat with him about his experiences and his life post-competition.
Congratulations on winning Elite Model Look 2012! How has life been since being crowned the overall male winner?
Nothing much has changed since I won the Elite Model Look Singapore 2012 except for the occasional teasing from my friends.
Why did you join the competition? Have you always aspired to be a model?
When I saw the competition on Facebook and they were looking for male models this year, I thought it was a great opportunity to try something new and meet new people. I thought about being a model when I was younger but never really thought I could be one.
What qualities do you think you possessed that put you ahead of the competition?
I think being slim and being comfortable in your own body is really important.
Now that the competition is over, where do you see yourself going from here?
I really hope to pursue a career in modeling. I guess the first goal would be to do Men’s Fashion Week 2013 in Singapore.
Who is your favourite style icon?
I don’t have a style icon. But I do like street style photography. I do check out pictures from JAK & JIL.
How would you describe your style?
I like to wear something I’m comfortable in like a pair of jeans/chinos and a T-shirt together with desert boots.
Text by: Choy Jing Hui
Self-Portrait Photographs by: Mave Liau
Other Photographs by: Mohamed Irwan Photography
* All photos courtesy of: Elite Model Look Singapore
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