Monday, October 5, 2009

Amber Chia Cancels Modelling Reality TV Series

Posted on/at 4:52:00 PM by SBdude

Amber Chia and Yap Wen Ji in their previous outing.

Malaysian supermodel Amber Chia cancels latest project after a dispute with the producer of her highly-anticipated reality TV show.Supermodel Amber Chia announced on Sunday that she had stopped production on her much-awaited modelling reality TV show. While sobbing, she said production of Malaysia’s Supermodel Search Presents Ford Supermodel of the World was being called off due to a contractual disagreement with the show’s creator and co-executive producer Yap Wen-Ji.

“It was one-and-a-half months ago that Wen-Ji approached me to do this. She wanted me to be your mentor. I agreed because I could see and share your dreams,” Amber Chia told the 22 contestants at Celebrity Fitness in Bangsar yesterday

In an impromptu press conference held at Celebrity Fitness in Bangsar, Amber Chia, together with her lawyer and the 22 finalists of the show, revealed that the production of Malaysia’s Supermodel Search Presents Ford Supermodel of the World was called off indefinitely because Amber Creations, Amber Chia’s own production company has been unable to obtain proof that the producer of the competition has the legal rights to operate such a competition in Malaysia under the Ford Modelling Agency name.

On September 14th, both Chia and Yap signed a memorandum during a press conference to produce Malaysia’s equivalent of America’s Next Top Model. It was announced that the winners of Malaysia’s Supermodel Search Presents Ford Supermodel of the World – one male and one female – will walk away with a US$50,000 cash prize, lucrative modelling contracts and fashion spreads with some of the leading magazines of the world.

The female models also stand a chance to compete in the Ford Model of the World, scheduled to be held in Brazil early next year.

The Malaysia’s Supermodel Search Presents Ford Supermodel of the World is based on Ford Supermodel of the World, an internationally renowned model search franchise created by Eileen Ford, owner of New York-based giant modelling agency Ford Models, in 1980.

In her defence, Yap claimed that she had the necessary documents from Ford Models. However, she said she would only unveil them to Amber Chia and Rajan privately in her office.

"All you need to do is call Ford Models. I’ve never wanted this mess to happen to Amber Chia. "It’s never her fault. Maybe we can hold another press conference. I can make a phone call to Ford Models and Amber can speak to them directly," she suggested.

*November update* 

Registration and Audition of Ford Models Supermodel of the World Malaysia 2009

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