This year, a Malaysian was crowned the Face Of Asia for the first time.

Jesiey Giam, 29, did Malaysia proud by being the first homegrown talent to win the highly coveted title. The Face Of Asia competition was held in Seoul, South Korea in June.

Giam, who had her first foray into modelling at the tender age of 17, took a hiatus from the industry after three years to focus on becoming a beautician.

A long lay off from modelling didn’t stop her from picking it up again and enrolling herself in Amber Chia Academy in 2016.

“Age is just a number. It’s not something that should define you,” shared Giam, who was born in Kampar, Perak.

“I believe that I learnt a lot and grew as a model during Face Of Asia. It certainly helped me gain a lot of exposure. The experience is very enriching because I got to meet models from around Asia and be exposed to different types of beauty and cultures,” she said.

Participants of Face Of Asia were required to undergo a two-week boot camp in South Korea. Giam said the experience was challenging, but a very good confidence booster.

“One of the most challenging things about being a model is finding the best catwalk style that suits you and perfecting it. Compared to the other models, I am quite short. So, it was intimidating to be among so many others, competing to be in the spotlight but the boot camp did help me gain confidence,” she added.

Her advice for model-wannabes?

“Just go out there and accept things as they come. Learn as much as you can and enjoy yourself!”