Dayang Nur Atikah, better known as Atikah, was crowned recently as the winner of the prestigious Ford Models Supermodel of the World Search Malaysia 2011 held at the Sepang International Circuit.
Hailing from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 18-year-old Atikah is of Bajau and Brunei parentage and is the third of four siblings.
The leggy lass who idolises supermodel Chanel Iman , cites Iman’s personality and catwalk as her best inspiration in the modeling industry.
Atikah will now represent Malaysia at the Ford Models Supermodel of the World international finals in New York in August, which also marks the 30th anniversary of the renowned event.
As Malaysia’s new Ford Models Supermodel, Atikah took home the limited edition Heidi Klum 4-leave clover pendant from Mouawad, valued at RM100,000 and a modelling contract worth RM100,000 from international fashion brand F&F.
The final judging saw a panel of judges consisting STYLO International President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Nancy Yeoh, Ford Models Licensee for Asia Pacific Calvin Cheng, and National Director of Ford Models Supermodel of the World Singapore 2011 and former Miss Singapore Colleen Pereira.
Gabrielle Boudville, 20, of Portuguese, French and Chinese heritage was the first runner-up, and Karen Lugun, 18, of Kelabit and Punjabi parentage emerged as second runner-up. Boudville hails from Kuala Lumpur while Lugun is from Kuching, Sarawak.
The 12 finalists were Dayang Nur Atikah, 18, Lee Tee Hooi, 21, Raja Alicia, 16, Renee Tan, 20, Gabrielle Ashley, 20, Jenilyn Lim, 21, Melissa Wong, 23, Loh Tze Shian, 18, Karen Lugun, 18, Casandra Azman, 18, Zana Chin, 22, and Phoebe How, 23. The 12 finalists were required to stay at the official Ford Models residence over the past one month.