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More Showroom Babes @ KLIMS 2013

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Ford’s Showroom Babe, Nui Nuy on duty at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013

The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show is coming to an end soon. The constant stream of visitors to the show just proof that no matter what’s the condition of the economy, cars are still man’s object of desire. Some buy cars for fun, some for showing off but some out of sheer necessities for their daily commute. Due to the high import duties for cars in Malaysia, many Malaysian in their lifetime will not have the opportunity to own one of those fancy dream cars. They could only come to this type of motor show to view and ogle their dream rides. Since most of those million dollars cars like Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Roll Royce, etc were not on display, they could do the next best thing…. ogle at the beautiful showroom babes on duty at the show. I would have to say, most of these beauties are world class by any standard! If you do not have the opportunity to visit the show for whatever reason, feel free to get to know these ‘pretties’ here. There’s no entrance fee. 🙂

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Auto Show Models @ Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013

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Professional Auto Show Model has come a long way in ensuring a successful motor show. They are first and foremost very attractive, friendly, model trained and well verse in the specification of the vehicles they are attending to. They used to be just eye candies in any auto show but their professionalism has seen much improvement over the years.

Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 is back again this year after a ‘no show’ last year. Unfortunately this year, the auto show has somewhat shrunk in term of the number of car manufacturers and companies taking part. Off hand, I could see the absence of Proton, Malaysia’s own auto maker and Naza, one of the biggest auto importer in Malaysia. I don’t particular give a hoot about Proton since Proton cars are all over the streets and dump sites. If anyone wanted to have any inkling of what’s coming out from the Proton stable’s they just have to visit Mitsubishi and Honda booths and they could feast their eyes on what’s coming out from Proton in the next 30 years. What I miss was Naza’s stables of Imports like Maserati, Ferrari and other exotic parallel imported models.

The major European marques like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Land Rover, Jaguar, etc have been avoiding the Malaysian Auto Show like it’s some kind of bubonic plague. I don’t blame them as Malaysian Auto Industries are so protected and inward looking, they would rather spend their money in Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. Malaysia is just too small a country to have it’s own auto brand, coupled with uncompetitive local market, lack of brains behind the brand and the zero level of automotive technologies. They should just close down already. Period.

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KLFW 2013 – Zakwan Anuar & ZEAL by Max Mak

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Tini modeling a glittering golden dress from ZEAL

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Carven Sense

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Tini showcasing a beautiful creation by Carven Ong with Bremen W. Millinery

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Eclipse by Sonny San & Khoon Hooi

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A beautiful dress and a matching jacket from Khoon Hooi’s Collection.

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Fairuz Ramdan

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Fairuz Ramdan is known for his trademark vintage style and classic tailoring. For KL Fashion week he is debuting his ready-to-wear menswear collection exclusively curated for Parkson – Fairuz Ramdan for Parkson. Needless to say, his collection is classical, realistic but with a touch of eccentricity as could be seen with the photo above.

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Bon Zainal

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The men’s show did not disappoint the spectators at the KLFW 2013. In fact it feature some of the most talented, creative and established male designers in Malaysia. Bravo!

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – Jonathan Liang

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Inna Gorelli looking sexy in this exquisite creation by Jonathan Liang. The future looks bright!

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces. Note to Designers: If you would like to include your profile in my blog (or to include the explanation of your collection’s theme), please email your write-up to me.

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KLFW 2013 – Radzuan Radziwill

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A beautiful creation from Radzuan Radziwill. This heavenly dress is designed to fit any princess.

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KLFW 2013 – RUBAQ

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Yuen C Jia walking down the runway sporting a beautiful coordinated outfit from Rubaq.

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KLFW 2013 – Jendela KL

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Collection from Jendela KL

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KLFW 2013 – Mimpikita, For All, When Our Eyes Met & Zero To Ten

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Collection from For All by William Ooi

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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KLFW 2013 – TOM ABANG SAUFI

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Inna Gorelli showcasing a signature flowing and colorful dress from Tom Abang Saufi

The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013 posting will not carry any editorial. I am sure you only wanted to view the beautiful fashion on show and how you could lay your hand on your favorite pieces.

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A Queenly Affair @ the Curve Fashion Week

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Yvonne Lee, Ms World Malaysia 2012 in an Empress Costume

Petaling Jaya, May 16, 2013

It was a truly regal affair as the Curve Fashion Week kicked off with a night of glitz and glamour, with six of Malaysia’s popular beauty queens taking center stage at the curve Fashion Week Gala Night to showcase the hottest trends of the season.

With a huge sparkling tiara as a stunning backdrop, this year’s theme, “A Queenly Affair”, centered on fashion trends fit for a queen. Fashion brands both local and international featured the latest styles, from dazzling evening outfits to eye-catching ready-to-wear must haves, as well as fashion accessories and shoes.

Guests at the Gala Night were dazzled by the gorgeous bevy of beauty queens who walked the runway, consisting Yvonne Lee, Ms World Malaysia 2012, Chloe Chen, Ms World Malaysia 2011, Gabriella Robinson, Ms Tourism International 2011, Nadia Heng, Ms World Malaysia 2010, Thanuja Ananthan, Ms World Malaysia 2009 and Elaine Daly, Ms Universe Malaysia 2003.

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Launched: Amber Chia’s Guide to a Successful Modelling Career.

Two Malaysian Fashion Icons posing for yours truly during the launching of Amber Chia's Guide to a Successful Modelling Career.

Two Malaysian Fashion Icons posing for yours truly during the launching of Amber Chia’s Guide to a Successful Modelling Career.

Amber Chia’s guide to a Successful Modelling Career is the first of many to come in the Masterclass Series by MPH, a new line of books by local experts sharing their knowledge and experience in their areas of specialty.The book is not meant to be a technical know how of posing or catwalk but instead an off the cuff sort of guide book for a successful modelling career based on practical experience and personal journeys.

“I did not know a thing about modelling when I started out as a teenager. I wish there was a school or a guidebook that I could have referred to back then.” says Amber. “I managed to set up a modelling academy a few years back and now, I’m so happy that I can also produce a guidebook to help aspiring models.”

Amber Chia’s Guide consists of 11 chapters, each full of advice for young women keen on pursuing a modelling career in Malaysia and beyond. Topics covered include how to assess oneself, modelling platforms, professional attitude, personal branding, avoiding scams, other employment opportunities and much more.

Amber also shares her journey, from her childhood days in Tawau daydreaming about modelling, to winning the GUESS international ambassadorship and where she is today.

With no mentor and no connections in the industry, she could have easily stumbled and made the kind of mistakes many aspiring models make on their quest for success. But her steely determination to make it big on her terms guided Amber through the difficult years.

Now, in a single book, she shares all the best practices for succeeding in the field that she has so thoroughly dominated.

“Being a professional model is hard work, but at the end of the day, if it is something you enjoy and have passion for, modelling can be a very rewarding career choice. I made that choice a long time ago and despite the ups and downs, I’m glad I did.”

Amber Chia’s Guide to a Successful Modelling Career is published by MPH Group Publishing and will be available in all major bookstores at RM35.90 a copy. It will also be available as an e-Book via MPH Digital.

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Shinju Pearls Spring/Summer Showcase 2013

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Inna Gorelli making an entrance wearing Shinju Pearls befitting a superstar

Shinju Pearls creates jewellery of understated elegance that is meant to be worn everyday, from day into evening, from blue jeans to black tie and everything in between.

Versatile  jewellery design with a special twist, nature inspired, classically informed, timeless, yet modernized to complement today’s women.

Embracing jewellery as a work of art, inspirations come from daily surroundings – it might be colour combination, animal kingdom, floral elegance and even creepy crawlies, each piece is handmade using beautiful pearls and semi-precious gemstones.

Introducing Shinju Pearls…… take a look and you might walk out a different woman tomorrow….. 🙂

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Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards Gala 2013

Supermodel Tini Bibbaby modeling the superb creation of Jovian Mandagie.

Supermodel Tini Bibbaby modeling the superb Voodoo themed dress and contraption created by Jovian Mandagie.

Kuala Lumpur, 21 March 2013 – It was a grand night og glamour and glitz at the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards 2013 themed ‘The Voodoo Ball”. The awards night, billed as the high spot of the 7-day fashion festival, was a true red carpet event as the invited guests came dressed in their dapper suits and ball gowns to celebrate a glittering night of fashion excellence.

Gracing the event was Formula One safety driver, Bernd Maylander. He was joined at the event by the cream de la creme of Malaysian high society, which included dignitaries, socialites, celebrities, and many more, making the event a truly impressive affair.

The Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards celebrates the best in the local fashion scene through awards in various categories such as:

  1. Designer of the Year 2013
  2. Best Designer Showcase 2013
  3. Best Male Model of the Year 2013
  4. Best Female Model of the Year 2013
  5. Make-up Artist of the Year 2013
  6. Hair Designer of the Year 2013
  7. Industry Award 2013
  8. Most Promising Designer of the Industry 2013

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Kronenbourg 1664 Present: An Evening of L’Aperitif Fashion – “Not Les Miserables…”

Amber Chia and Soren Ravn

The highlight of the evening was the special appearance by Malaysian Supermodel Amber Chia who dazzled in a unique, never before seen dress made of 3,000 Kronenbourg 1664 bottle caps conceptualized by STYLO and designed by Alexander Yeo. Her partner in crime is none other than Mr. Soren Ravn, Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur – For the second year in a row, Kronenbourg 1664, the French brand of Carlsberg Malaysia presented the luxuriousness of French fashion with “Not Les Miserables…”, and evening of L’Aperitif fashion at the Mercedes-Benz STYLO FGP 2013’s fourth night.

The event which was staged at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, saw the venue transformed into modern French art-deco with a total indulgent tres chic look to epitomize Kronenbourg’s inspiration of the most flamboyant periods of the French “art de vivre”.

The night kicked off with a fantastic showcase by Carven Ong with the models sporting a diverse selection of French avant-garde hair designs that literally reached dizzying heights with its “Miraculous” hair show.

This was followed by a spectacular showcase by Mercedes-Benz STYLO Designer of the Year 2102, Bill Keith, fresh from his Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Mexico City gig in September last year. His collection saw a myriad of designs inspired by the ethnicity of Malaysia, called “Tropical Delusions”, with a touch of French.

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Mercedes-Benz STYLO FGP 2013 Emerging Designer Finals

One of my favorites to win the Emerging Designer finals. The design was thoughtful, meticulous, intricate and the choice of recyclable materials and color was excellent.

One of my favorites to win the Emerging Designer finals. The design was thoughtful, meticulous, intricate and the choice of recyclable materials and color was excellent. However that’s from a person never trained in fashion designs. The professional assessment might be totally different. So good luck to all hopeful participants.

It was time again to crown the best new talent at the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Emerging Designers 2013, with the finals culminating at the Aloft KL Sentral on the 18th March 2013.

In its 4th year, the highly successful Mercedes-Benz STYLO Emerginf Designers’ Competition returned with 12 emerging designers selected from various fashion institutions across Malaysia. Presented by Mercedes-Benz and STYLO, the competition themed “Fashion Dolls” this year, aimed at challenging the finalists in using recyclable items to create stunning avant garde designs.

Judging the designs were a panel of industry professionals, headed by President and CEO of STYLO Dato’ Nancy Yeoh, Fashion Association Heads from 7 countries Felicia Gan (Singapore), JC Buendia (Philippines), Jennifer Chen (Taiwan), Ali Charisma (Indonesia), Huang Ping (China), Yoko Otsuka (Japan), Koraklod Kumsook (Thailand), Gillian Hung (MODA), Baizura Terzi (YODA) and Bon Zainal (BDA). Also present was Timothy Chen, CEO of Asia Fashion Inc, designers Michael Ong and Bill Keith, past winners of the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Designers of the Year 2008 and 2012 respectively.

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Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Grand Prix KL 2013 – Opening Night Gala

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One of the showcase under the Rainforest Fashion Initiative.

Kuala Lumpur – The Grand Opening of Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Grand Prix KL 2013 themed “Mannequin Fantasies” saw the usual glitz and glamour with the cream de creme of KL’s high society converging at the brand new, urban inspired hotel, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral today. The much-anticipated week-long festival simultaneously launched the impending Asia Fashion Week (AFW) & the Rainforest Fashion Initiative (RFI) on the same night.

Presented by Mercedes-Benz and Starwood Hotels & Resorts together with STYLO International, the country’s biggest fashion event kicked off with a fanfare of the best. Debuting top designers, from 7 Asian countries besides Malaysia namely Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia, the night was not short of anticipated exhilaration.

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Malaysia Grand Prix Sale 2013 Launched

The beautiful fashion showcase in conjunction with the launch of the GP Sale.

The beautiful fashion showcase in conjunction with the launch of the GP Sale.

Kuala Lumpur, 16th March 2013

The Formula 1 Grand Prix returns to Malaysia this year, and with it, comes the exciting Grand Prix Sale which takes place from 16th March to 7th April, sweeping the nation with 23 days of glorious discounts and promotions.

The sale, which is supported by the Bukit Bintang-KLCC Tourism Association, was launched by Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen at the Bukit Bintang entrance of Pavilion KL.

This was followed by a fashion show by models and production company Andrewmodels.

These sale campaigns and events are part of the Tourism Ministry and Tourism Malaysia’s initiatives of turning Malaysia into a leading international shopping destination, which has received international recognition. Last year, Kuala Lumpur ranked second best shopping city in the Asia Pacific according to the latest Globe Shopper Index, while CNN report listed Kuala Lumpur as the best shopping destination in the world.

Last year, Malaysia received 25.03 million tourists, with tourist receipts amounting to RM60.6 billion. Shopping contributed to 30.7% of the total tourist revenue, with a grand total of RM18.56 billion.

There’s no denying that tourism played an important part in the economic development of Malaysia. I just hope the government will be more proactive in improving the few sore problems that affected KL in particular – taxi service, cleanliness, snatch thieves and transportation issue in general.

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L’OrĂ©al Colour Trophy 2012 Grand Finale – Part 2

“The Parisan House of Hairdressing” theme was a story that transmit the idea that hair as a piece of garment that can both embody and transcend fashion, therefore inspiring the hairdressers to see their craft as bespoke couture.

Prior to the winner’s announcement, guests were treated to a spectacular hair show featuring five established L’OrĂ©al Artistic Ambassadors who lend their expertise in creating looks inspired by L’OrĂ©al Professionnel Spring/Summer 2012 Colour Collection. Entitled ‘Artisanal Expressions’, Albert Nico, founder of Albert Nico Boutique Salon; Andy Chan, founder of AndyChan Hair Studio; Kevin Woo, founder of Centro Hair Salon; Miko Au, founder of Miko Galere and Simon Koh, founder of ELLE Hair Studio paid homage to “The Parisian House of Hairdressing”, celebrating the tradition of Parisan haute couture where the art of hairdressing is revered, practiced and perfected. The showcase transmitted the idea that hair as a piece of garment can both embody and transcend fashion, therefore inspiring the hairdressers to see their craft as bespoke couture.

The concept of ‘Artisanal Expressions’ looked into the artisanal work of craftsmanship, creating desire amongst other hairdressers. It is a continuing story of ‘La Couture’ and ‘Retro Nouveau’ with a modern twist with timeless vision of beauty. The story was unveiled in 3 chapters.

Photos of Chapters 1 and 2 were presented in Part 1.

Chapter 3 which is the ‘The Parisian House of Hairdressing’ will be showcased in Part 2 of this blog. Chapter 3 proved yet again why the 5 famed hairdressers were chosen as the L’OrĂ©al Artistic Ambassadors. They were truly creative geniuses in the ‘hairy’ sense and I was really impressed with the combination of the hair pieces, makeup and garments which totally transformed the models into women of our wildest fantasies. A job well done guys!

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L’OrĂ©al Colour Trophy 2012 Grand Finale – Part 1

Hairdressing’s most prestigious Award brought together excellence and innovations from young, creative, and talented Malaysians.

Kuala Lumpur, 20 September 2012.

L’OrĂ©al Colour Trophy 2012 Grand Finale unleashed creativity beyond imagination with beauty in French Perfection!

L’OrĂ©al Colour Trophy 2012, the Oscars of the hairdressing industry, culminated with an inspiring Grand Finale as 14 top finalists brought the competition to another level with extraordinary hair creations! The event also saw L’OrĂ©al Professionnel’s 5 Artistic Ambassadors & International GUest Artiste whipped out an impressive showcase entitled Artisanal Excellence and Tribute to Beauty respectively. The shows concept reinforced the brand’s link to fashion and most importantly, reinventing the profession.

A Tribute to Beauty was aptly chosen as the theme for this year’s competition as it paid homage to the success and tribulations of famous hairdressers with styles that are distinctively French. HengThang Yih, GM of Professional Products Division, L’OrĂ©al Malaysia commented, “This year, we celebrate a French story, a prevailing style, a higher sense of fashion and beauty in four aspects that reflect the French sense of beauty of L’OrĂ©al Professionnel – Beauty in Hairdressing, Beauty in Women, Beauty in Life and Beauty in Arts.”

The Grand Finale was an extraordinary showdown where the 14 finalists showed what they were made of by presenting judges with amazing hair creations that were cutting edge, forward and evoked a sense of modernity. Some of the creations even phantom next season’s trends such as the colour of deep amethyst as seen on the Toyota Vios 1.5G Limited, which was prominent in the hair creations by the finalists.

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X Top Model Search 2012: Closed Door Selection @ Fahrenheit 88

Kenji and her team of judges are having a wonderful ‘X’ day but it’s a day of reckoning for the contestants when their fate in the competition will be determined by their on-the-spot performance!

A contestant paused to think for an appropriate answer that might impress the judges……

July 14, Fahrenheit 88. The call for entry for this year’s X Top Model Search has finally ended. A number of contestants were shortlisted and those that were successful were invited to an Open Casting that were held behind closed door. I guess in Malaysia, it’s just too hard to conduct a bikini or swim suit parade in the open. You wouldn’t want to attract the wrong kind of crowds, especially those hypocrite religious nuts. Updates: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have to remove all photos of girls in bathing suits. I am so sorry. If you would like to have your photos, do send me an email with your contestant number and I will reply you with your photo.

Judging by the quality of entries this year, I am hopeful they could uncover yet another successful X-factor personality that would embody the spirit of X Top Model Search in Malaysia. This year the contestants not only need to compete among themselves here, they would also have to contend with competition from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines to be able to earn the title of regional champion.

The contestants this year came better prepared. Most if not all have some kind of catwalk training. Although a good model struts will not guarantee you success, you have to start somewhere and a good catwalk is a good point to start.

Being tall and beautiful are some of the important prerequisite to being a good fashion model, but  to win X Top Model Search, the ‘X’ factor is given more emphasis. No one actually knows what the ‘X’ factor is but most successful models, entertainers and politicians have this unquantifiable quality that made them great.

Therefore I honestly hope they would uncover yet another one this year.

There are in total 172 photos in this post. Do not click on “More” if you do not have the bandwidth to support the photos viewing. Cheers and good luck to all the contestants!

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