February 8, 2007
The Model Model
What is the ‘model’ model?
Well, apparently not Eurasian faces, according to Zam, our beloved Information Minister.
Pan-Asian features (the mixed look) may slowly be phased out of the Malaysian commercial advertising industry, according to some new rules. Apparently they are not “Malaysian” enough.
What a stupid ruling! I can just feel the furore rising from the likes of our many Malaysian models who have made it big through their mixed look. Whether or not they have mixed parentage is beside the question. Fact is, they are born and bred Malaysian. They are as Malaysian as any of us others (who don’t have the looks to make it big in the modelling scene). They have every right to strut our TV screens and billboards.
Some argue that this is because some have been dominating the industry more than others. So what? They have been born with the looks that happen to appeal to the public. It is to their advantage, and I believe they should be fully capitalising on what they have been given. Open competition… means very little in this country.
Comments are closed.