2017 PAGEANT VENUE – WUZHEN, CHINA

Wuzhen is a 1300-year-old water town on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, at the center of the golden triangle consisting of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Wuzhen can be easily accessed through a number of expressways and national highways.  In 2001, Wuzhen was named as a candidate for UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. At the end of 2006, it was included in the revised List of China’s Candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In 2009, Wuzhen was named as the first PATA eco-tourism destination in Mainland China. The ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal flows through the town, which is divided by waterways into four areas, Dongzha, Xizha, Nanzha, and Beizha. Since its foundation in 872 A.D., Wuzhen has never changed its name, location, waterways, or way of life. Traditional buildings remain intact today even after hundreds years of weathering. one of the six famous ancient water towns south of the Yangtze River. It’s within the triangle formed by three top tourist cities: Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. It has charmingly restored architecture and canals.

2017 PAGEANT JUDGES

TODD ANTHONY TYLER

As one of today’s leading fashion photographers both in Asia and worldwide, Todd Anthony Tyler frequently travels to some of the most secluded and exotic destinations, turning fantasy into reality as seen on the pages of Vogue China, Elle China, Harper’s Bazaar China, L’Officiel China, and GQ. Celebrated for shooting vivid images with raw energy and uncompromising character, Tyler has created captivating advertising campaigns for Uma Wang, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, L’Oreal Paris, Adidas and Ports 1961. Breaking into the fashion industry as a model, Tyler was once highly sought-after by the blue chip brands of menswear. After modeling full time from Japan to Milan, Tyler began to pursue his lifelong love affair with photography, this time from a different angle. With 20+ years of combined experience on both sides of the camera, the Canadian-born photographer uses the lens to push the boundaries of style and creative exploration. For over a decade, Tyler has operated a successful studio in Shanghai, China, becoming the photographer and art director of choice for his knack to transform models into icons. Tyler has captured the rising star of Asia’s freshest faces including Liu Wen, Fei Fei Sun, and Kiki Kang. His unique point of view on producing artistic imagery is expressed candidly each month in a column he writes for Asian Photography, India and Asia’s premier professional photography magazine. When Tyler is not snapping away, he strives to maintain a healthy work-life balance by doing yoga, weight training and running daily. He is co-owner of a yoga-inspired lifestyle clothing company called Aumnie Athletics. Given his contributions, Tylor was invited and featured at Wonder.Wiki (App), where he directly engages with his fans & followers on Q/A sessions, once in awhile hold Live form of discussions.

HEIDI DUGAN

Heidi Dugan is best known in China for hosting the popular television program “You are the Chef”, which has been running for 16 years and can be seen daily on several continents by satellite. This culinary entertainment has endeared her to audiences across china and made her one of the most recognizable personalities on CCTV 9 and ICS. In 2003 Heidi was awarded with “Best Foreign TV Host” and “You Are the Chef” was awarded two years in a row “Best Foreign Language Program”. She has been interviewed by magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, Shanghai TV weekly, Shanghai Daily, China Peoples Evening Newspaper and being guest to numerous tv shows such as Culture Matters, Brain Storm and Talk Talk. Over the past 15 year she has been instructing mid and top level international companies, on professional grooming and deportment. Heidi’s innate sense of style, work experience and ability to train others have led her to consulting up-and-coming executives of multinational and Fortune 500 companies, training them in the art of dressing for success & improving professional image, public speaking, cultural influences, negotiation and communications. Heidi has enjoyed learning the skills of Chinese Martial Arts since she was 8 years old and is now married to expert Kung fu and Taichi Master Zhang Yi and has 2 children. Heidi is based in Shanghai with her family, where she has lived for the last 20 years.

ALLAN WU

Allan Wu is a TV host, actor and fitness model well known in Singapore and across East Asia. He is best recognized as the host of The Amazing Race Asia and The Amazing Race China Rush. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, as a Pre-Med and came to Asia to model for the prestigious Ford Model Agency in Los Angeles, California. He later became an MTV (Music Television) VJ in Taiwan with stints on MTV Taiwan Party Zone, International Top 20 and Most Wanted. Allan subsequently moved to Hong Kong to focus on acting and was featured in numerous television commercials regionally along the way. He moved to Singapore seven years ago and is a well-known host and presenter, as well as an actor who has starred in an extensive list of productions both in English and Mandarin, and appeared on the NBC show the Fear Factor in the United States.

SCOTT D WILLIAMS

Scott is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Invest USA Committee and Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai. He previously worked for Nokia, DHL Express China, FedEx Express. He is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.  Scott is a strong office leader adept at raising the bar, managing effective collaborative relationships, and leading teams to common goals. He has fortune 100 supply chain organizational leadership experience during which time he lowered costs while significantly decreasing customer complaints with maverick innovation.

JEN SU

Jen has been an actress in the highly popular drama series, “Isibaya” and ” Jacob’s Cross”. She has also represented South Africa at the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, The BET Awards, as well as New York, London, and Milan Fashion Week. Jen has interviewed numerous international personalities such as Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Bill Clinton, Morgan Freeman, Donald Trump, Ariana Grande, Naomie Harris, and more. Jen was born in the US, is of Shanghainese origin, and has lived in the US, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and South Africa, before moving to Shanghai at the beginning of this year.

PHILLIP JARRELL

Phillip is an internationally acclaimed songwriter, musician, designer, fine art photographer and creator of Jarrell guitars. In addition to his long list of credits he co-wrote the song “Torn Between Two Lovers” which reached the top of the charts in both the US and the UK in the 1970s.

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