FHM Girl Next Door 2013 Finale Party

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Some of you might remember that I used to work with FHM Malaysia under two (2) different companies namely Mediacorp Publishing and MEASAT Publications (which has now been renamed to Astro Publications).

During my tenure with FHM Malaysia there was one (1) campaign that I always looked forward to managing and that was the FHM Girl Next Door search.

Ok a little history lesson here:

The FHM Girl Next Door Search evolved from the FHM College Girl Search which was held back in 2005. The first FHM Girl Next Door Search was held in 2006 with roadshows and parties after which the following year’s search was done purely in the magazine due to some budget constraints (I hadn’t joined FHM yet).

When I joined FHM Malaysia in 2008 it was too late to do a FHM Girl Next Door 2008 Search thus we decided to skip a year and do a 2009 search instead. It was very much an exciting time for me as the campaign involved on-ground recruitment in shopping malls and clubs (woo hoo!), visits to partners, radio stations, right up to the finale party and then an after-party! The winner for the 2009 search was medical graduate Jezamine Lim who eventually ended up marrying renowned local funny man Harith Iskandar who actually came to the finals to support her!

In the 2010 search, the magazine had changed hands to MEASAT Publications (under Astro) and I followed the magazine over. This time with MEASAT we had more options available as the resources of the group – Astro TV, AMP radio stations and even the digital arm were available to leverage on thus the search gained even more prominence than previous years.

Now a certain ‘founder’ of a very notorious online banner advertising agency whom I will not name has on numerous occasions claimed to have made finalist Yvonne Sim the winner but I can assure you that what he claims is very far from the truth. This certain ‘founder’ had not influence whatsoever on the decision and the FHM Malaysia team ensured that the scores were accurate and unbiased and we even enlisted the help of our finance department to assist with the tabulation.

Yes Yvonne Sim won entirely on her own merit through a combined score tabulated from live judging at the finals and reader votes and that’s how I like to see things done in Malaysia. Meritocracy NOT cronyism and corruption should be the determining factor whether in a girl search, recruitment for jobs, awards for scholarships, or supplier contracts. Race, religion, and politics should not have any influence (sorry to digress).

I was not a part of the 2011 search where the lanky Esther Tan won as I had left MEASAT Publications to pursue my career elsewhere but I was very happy to be invited as a VIP guest together with my bloggers from Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers for the FHM Girl Next Door 2013 Finale Party that was held in Zouk Club KL on 31 January 2013.

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Bumped into Patricia K (who was one of the judges) with

Bumped into Patricia K (who was one of the judges) with Pamela Chong and a friend

The event kicked off with a preview of all the finalists

The event kicked off with a preview of all the finalists

MHB's Stephanie Lim was one of the finalists

MHB’s Stephanie Lim was one of the finalists

As was MHB's Stacey Anne

As was MHB’s Stacey Anne

While the Q&A session was being conducted I managed to snap a pic of the sexy Amanda

While the Q&A session was being conducted I managed to snap a pic of the sexy Amanda

And spotted Andrea with her friends

And spotted Andrea with her friends

A hip shaking belly dance performance which had the guys fixated

A hip shaking belly dance performance which had the guys fixated

Followed by an energetic aerobics inspired dance by the remaining finalists

Followed by an energetic aerobics inspired dance by the remaining finalists

Judges for the evening - FHM editor Rajesh, GND 2011 winner Esther Tan, Miss Malaysia Universe 2010 Nadine Ann Thomas, Amber Chia Academy's catwalk guru BEnjamin Toong and DJ/ model Patricia K

Judges for the evening – FHM editor Rajesh, GND 2011 winner Esther Tan, Miss Malaysia Universe 2010 Nadine Ann Thomas, Amber Chia Academy’s catwalk guru BEnjamin Toong and DJ/ model Patricia K

A change of attire and then began the catwalk round

A change of attire and then began the catwalk round

And the winner is...Victor Yong who won herself RM5,000 in cash and prizes worth RM6,000. She will also appear in a cover photo spread and interview in an upcoming issue of FHM.

And the winner is…Victor Yong who won herself RM5,000 in cash and prizes worth RM6,000. She will also appear in a cover photo spread and interview in an upcoming issue of FHM.

Apart from Victor, Caroline Fong walked home with the ‘Catwalk Queen’ title and RM500 worth of Rockport Shoes products; Estee Tan the ‘Miss Con-jean-iality’ title and RM500 worth of Lois Jeans products; and Stephanie Kuan the ‘Must-Watch Girl’ title and RM500 worth of Storm London timepieces products.

Apart from Victor, Caroline Fong walked home with the ‘Catwalk Queen’ title and RM500 worth of Rockport Shoes products; Estee Tan the ‘Miss Con-jean-iality’ title and RM500 worth of Lois Jeans products; and Stephanie Kuan the ‘Must-Watch Girl’ title and RM500 worth of Storm London timepieces products.

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After the show ended we there was more space for us to take more photos this time with Steph and Stacey.

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A pic with Stacey

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A pic with Steph

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One of the FHM readers wanted to snap a pic of Jane Schwan and Karen Kho and I jokingly told him he needed to pay. The sad look on his face was hilarious and I felt so bad I quickly told him I was just kidding afterwhich he quickly snapped a pic of the girls! Lol

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With Stephanie Lim. Even though Steph and Stacey didn’t win but we’re most proud of them!

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Winners of the FHM Girl Next Door Search (Malaysia):

2006 – Crissty Chiang

2007 – Angie Ng

2008 – na

2009 – Jezamine Lim

2010 – Yvonne Sim

2011 – Esther Tan

2012- na

2013 – Victor Yong

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Photo credits: FHM Malaysia and author’s own

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