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Yue Han of China is Asia’s super model

TWENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD Yue Han of China bested 26 other young women to win the 11th Asian Super Model Contest at Imperial Palace on Saturday.

Models from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand and Uzbekistan also participated.

There were four categories: opening show; “Hosa” swimsuit show; national dress show, and Ne-Tiger, China’s top brand dress show.

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The 2017 Asian Super Model is Yue Han of China, 2nd left. Also in photo: first runners up Ksenia of Russia and Su Siqi of China; second runners up Mili Soni of India, Oh Sebin of Korea and Kelly Yeap of Malaysia.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The first runners up were Ksenia of Russia and Su Suqi of China.

Second runners-up were Mili Soni of India, Oh Sebin of Korea and Kelly Yeap of Malaysia.

The other award winners:

Best Stage Performance — Chen Yihsin of Taiwan

Best Body — Jo Yeonhee of Korea

Most Photogenic — Klea Pineda of the Philippines

Most Potential — Chenaya Aston of Australia

International Friendship — Tashi Levett of New Zealand

In an interview, Yue Han said she prayed hard and worked hard to win the title. She said she will go back to Beijing to continue her modeling career.

Mili Soni, 21, one of the second runners-up, said she is currently studying journalism while working as a model in New Delhi.

“It feels great to be here,” she told Variety. “This is my very first time to do a pageant. I was really nervous. I want to pursue modeling further. I also hope that I get to work abroad.”

Firsova Tatiana, one of the judges, said the competition aims to discover new international models.

“She should have a good face, good hair, good skin, and be tall, long-legged and slim. She should know how to do many poses — the cat walk is very important as well,” Tatiana added.

The 11th Asian Supermodel Contest was hosted by Imperial Pacific International, the Marianas Visitors Authority and IT&E.

MVA Director Chris Concepcion said the contest was part of their plan to try to “elevate the island experience for tourists and residents as well.”

Around 500 people, including CNMI officials, attended finals night on Saturday at Imperial Palace.

In his remarks, Imperial Pacific senior vice president Tao Xing said it was their mission to create a world-class entertainment center in the Pacific region.

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