Thursday, October 26, 2006

"The Next Anna Bayle"

Women with Bird Cages by Anita Magsaysay-Ho

It has been almost 12 years since I retired from modeling. In that 12 year period, I have launched a successful cosmetic line, geared specifically for Asian skintones, that was sold in the best stores in the United States and Canada.

Recently, I was approached by television executives to do a reality TV model search. With the great success and worldwide viewership of Tyra Bank's, America's Next Top Model, there have been many parallel shows in the making. What was once a very exclusive enterprise of scouting for models, discovering them and making them stars is now broadcast into everyone's living room.

And what great TV entertainment.
First there is the "eye candy" factor. Who does not want to see beautiful girls? Second, there is the drama and intrigue that happens when you have 15 girls cohabiting in one house. And there is the excitement and anticipation of finding out who will be gone or who will win.

Great TV! But done the American way. Since I am touted the 'First Asian Supermodel', I really want my reality TV program to be - in search of the next Asian search of The Next Anna Bayle.

The Next American Top Model highlights aspects of modelling that follows Ms. Tyra Banks path to being a recognizable model (Seventeen Magazine, Victoria's Secret catalogue). However, that is not the only path to success for a model. Twiggy, Iman, Renee Russo, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista all had different paths to success.

I, for one, had a different path because I was Asian. What I would really like to do is to show Asian girls this path to success. Thinking about my extensive and interesting modelling experiences, I can share my knowledge and I am confident that I can teach what I know to all these young Asian women aspiring to become models. I want to take care of them, groom them, prepare them for their journey, and when they are ready for the modelling world, set them free - so they can fly.

I am going to create this television show. Maybe because I know how it is done - how to succeed as a model in the international scene. Maybe because I am now a mother and all my mothering instincts are coming out. I want to take care of the Asian girls, groom them to be the 'next me'. Maybe because I want to produce a beautiful television show, the Asian way. Maybe because I want to showcase Asian values and the exotism of Asian beauties........


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, what an amazing and brilliant idea... is this going to be aired in US? I support this idea and are you filming now?

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like what above said.......I hope you air this awesome show in the U.S because I would absolutely love that. Not only me, but the whole Filipino comunity, as well as other Asian comunities too!

9:57 PM  
Blogger kim ross said...

Anna, you have been an inspiration to my daughter and i am praying that one day, you can give her the chance to meet you and teach her how to be the next ANNA BAYLE! She is a very humble and disciplined girl who only desires to finish college, help her family and raise the filipino flag as a successful and well known filipina model! Her name is Kim Ross Delos Santos, Elite Model Look Phils 2005 titlist, 18yrs old and with vital stats 32-23 1/2-34, 5'10 and 112 lbs... She works as a ramp and print model here in the phils to save up for college... but her dream is to be the next Anna Bayle! It would be an honor to hear from you... God Bless you and your family!

3:21 AM  
Blogger Hessed Joy said...

Ms. Anna Bayle! I am ecstatic to have found your blog here! You are an inspiration to many Filipinas and whenever I see your videos on Youtube, you make me so proud to be one! I hope that I can join this competition that you are planning to create. I must be honest though-- I am only 5'5 and my other inspirations are Kate Moss and Devon Aoki who are all petite models fortunate enough to grace the catwalk for prominent designers. If there's already a casting, please keep us all updated. Thank you so much! :)

12:12 AM  

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