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Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 has finally chosen its 14 contestants, and one of the lucky girls is a Malaysian of Malay ethnicity named Tuti (real name, Nuraini Noor), who is the first ever Malay to compete in the famous modelling-based reality TV show.

However, her participation was not so well received by some netizens after finding out that she is a Muslim.


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Harsh and rude comments were thrown at her after the local entertainment portal, My News Hub shared the seemingly “good” news.

Most of the netizens argued on why the 24-year-old Malaysian was even allowed to enter the competition despite being a Muslim, as Muslims are supposedly ‘banned’ from entering such competitions where the contestants are required to expose their bodies.

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Nevertheless, several netizens wished Tuti good luck and hope that she can go far in the competition in representing Malaysia.

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Tuti is the only Malaysian that has made it to Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4.

In Cycle 3, two Malaysian contestants, Shareeta Selvaraj and Melissa Tan Li Hsia – made it into the competition but got eliminated in episode 1 and 7 respectively.

Also, this is not the first time that Tuti has joined a modelling competition.

She previously won the X Top Model Search Malaysia 2012 and is the winner of the X Walk.
After passing her AsNTM audition, Tuti took to her Instagram and said, “I am proud to say that, Malaysia, this is for you.”

AsNTM Cycle 4 will premiere on Astro’s Star World channel (Channel 711) on Wednesday, 9 March 2016 at 8pm.

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Check out all the other AsNTM Cycle 4 contestants.

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That Htet Aung aka May (Myanmar)

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Jiratchaya Kedkong aka Tawan (Thailand)

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Tugs Saruul (Mongolia)

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Sang In Kim (South Korea)

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Jessica Lam (Hong Kong)

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Julian Flores (Philippines)

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Angela Watkins aka Angie (Singapore)

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Alaiza Malinao (Philippines)

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Wanvisa Goldman aka Maya (Thailand)

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Aldilla Zahraa (Indonesia)

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Gwendoline Ruais aka Gwen (Philippines)

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Patricia Gunawan (Indonesia)

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Ngo Thi Quynh Mai aka Mai Ngo (Vietnam)

(Photo sources: Asia’s Next Top Model’s Facebook)