Students display talent on catwalk

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 November, 2000, 12:00am

Twelve secondary and tertiary students displayed their talent on the catwalk at an inter-school modelling contest organised by e-

The contest attracted more than 500 candidates out of which 12 finalists were selected to perform at a public show in Tsim Sha Tsui. The audience, which consisted of hundreds of enthusiasts, was treated to a fascinating show.

The contest was divided into five sections where candidates had to present casual wear, the executive look, sporty look, trendy look and compete in a question-and-answer session.

After several keen competing rounds three winners were finally chosen by celebrity adjudicators Janet Ma, Valerie Chow Ka- ling, Ma Tak-Chung among others.

Junior Yu Chiu-yan, 21, had high expectations of winning the prize. Chiu-yan, of Chinese-Brit ish parentage, was born and raised in Hong Kong. He speaks fluent Cantonese but looks like a Westerner.

Standing at 1.83 metres, Chiu- yan has always dreamed of working as a model since he thoroughly enjoyed the catwalk. He has also studied abroad for a short period but had returned to pursue his ambition.

'Being a model is not just showing off yourself. You have to work with others to present the various fashions, because fashion is the main item,' he said.

Chiu-yan, with the support of his parents, was also pleased to have had the freedom to make his choice in choosing his career. And this has given him added courage to embark on this challenging career.

First runner-up Adrian Cheung Chun-yin is 1.87 metres tall. The 20-year-old, who is studying at Caritas Francis Hsu College, would like to be a part- time model while studying.

Chun-yin only took part in the contest because he was encouraged by his friends. He also wanted to widen his experience. 'There are things that we cannot learn from textbooks. I was quite nervous while walking on the catwalk. I learned how to control my emotions and do my best,' he said.

The second runner-up, Joyce Wong Ying, 17, is a sixth former from Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Catholic Secondary School.

She found being a model was a tough and challenging task. She is 1.73 metres tall.

'On stage we always see how stunning are the models. But we seldom know the sacrifices that they have to make to maintain their spirits and health.'