Research assistant crowned TNP New Face

Ms Jean Yong, The New Paper New Face 2017 winner, taking her victory walk at Paragon mall yesterday evening.
Ms Jean Yong, The New Paper New Face 2017 winner, taking her victory walk at Paragon mall yesterday evening.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

It turned out to be an exhilarating night for Ms Jean Yong yesterday as she was named winner of The New Paper New Face 2017 contest at Paragon mall.

The 1.8m-tall Ms Yong also bagged the Cosmoprof Miss Photogenic accolade.

Moments after her win, an overwhelmed Ms Yong, 22, said: "This just feels so surreal."

The Imperial College London graduate has a degree in biological sciences with management, and works as a part-time research assistant at the National University Health System. Her first prize includes an exclusive feature in Cleo Singapore magazine and $10,000 cash.

The first and second runners-up were Ms Ameerah Smith, 23, and Melanie Kasise, 14, respectively.

Melanie is the youngest of the 20 finalists this year.

The New Face contest has helped launch many successful careers in modelling and show business.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2017, with the headline 'Research assistant crowned TNP New Face'. Print Edition | Subscribe