In Malaysia, being a model comes with a lot of sacrifice. Models who are Malay are often criticized for being unreligious but many of them has since come out to portray how a modern, Muslim woman could bring herself in a fashionable way. After all, there is a large market for hijabs, baju kurungs and such while their features provide a different kind of appearance altogether.
Demands are constantly high
In most cases, Malay models are sought after because there is a large market in the local fashion industry. Traditional clothing brands that produce baju kurungs and hijabs are constantly looking for models who could connect with their target audience.
Types of Projects
This is one area which is very specific with large and ready catchment market. For female Malays, wearing the hijab is required and models will be assigned to show how one can do so in a fashionable and modern way. Besides that, the contemporary designs of traditional dresses are constantly sought after particularly in the urban areas like Klang Valley and major cities around the country.
Apart from the local industry, there is a large market for Muslim fashion across the world as well. This means that the demand of Malay models would constantly be high.
Top Malay Models
Unlike models of other ethinicity, Malay models are less celebrated as they are usually not involved in all types of shows.
- Tuti – She is one of the most vocal ones who recently joined the Asia’s Next Top Model 4 competition. In doing so, she received a lot of criticisms but continued to do what she did anyway.
- Felixia Yeap – Also known as Raisyyah Rania after she converted to Islam. She too attracted a lot of criticism as she was once a Playboy Bunny. Since then, she has been modelling for Islamic fashion brands.