The Apartment : Celebrity Edition – Meet the Contestants

So hey guys!! Long time no see since my last post. Maybe because i have nothing to blog about, but now i finally have one. I was offered a partnership with StarWorld’s hit show, The Apartment. So, why say no? I love the show so much and i was so excited for this season.

So for all of you who didn’t know about the show, it’s basically a interior design competition.. Each contestant had to design and decorate a room every week. The theme is different for everysingle week. And at the end of each week, 1 person will be eliminated. But sometimes they like to save people from elimination. So, here are the contestants. And just like the title, it’s a Celebrity Edition. The winner will get $100.000 for a charity of their choice. Without further or due, here we go!!

Bronson Pelletier : Actor- Twilight Saga, Canada/US

Bronson Pelletier is a Canadian film and television actor who began his acting career in 2007, appearing in episodes of the Canadian television series Renegadepress.com. He also appeared in several episodes of another Canadian series, Dinosapien. For his television work, he has received a Gemini nomination and two Leo nominations, all for his work in Renegadepress.com.

Chef Lau : Celebrity Chef, Philippines

Chef Rolando Laudico, better known as Chef Lau, is one of the most recognizable names in the local culinary scene in the Philippines today. His culinary journey is one that spans many years and cuts across different continents. At the age of 24, Rolando landed a job at the La Primavera restaurant. Far from being glamorous, his tasks included washing dishes and other kinds of prep work. He formalized his technique by enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America where he graduated on the Dean’s list. After three years, he went to France for an apprenticeship in the L’ Essentiel.

He & his wife opened Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino in 2006, a fine dining, modern Filipino restaurant advocating Filipino cuisines in a world class setting. The restaurant is now highly regarded internationally having been featured in various newspapers and magazines such as Time and Vogue.

Chef Lau also did several consultancies with big companies including the development of Selecta’s Gold Label Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream, new ketchups for UFC, Nestle, Unilever, Novartis, Herb’s Best, Del Monte, etc. An endorser and ambassador to numerous products like Harvester’s and Jordan Farm’s Rice, Tramontina Kitchen Equipment and Knives, Colgate, Smart Telecom, etc. He is also currently a judge and host in the highly popular and successful “MasterChef Pinoy Edition”.

Cindy Gomez : Pop Singer, Canada

“I always wanted to be a hybrid,” says Cindy Gomez. But although she means that her pulsing songs reflect her diverse tastes for electronic pop, urban and rock music, she could just as easily be talking about her multi-lingual, multi-ethnic background – or her multimedia, multi-platform, tech-savvy introduction to the world.

The pioneering Cindy became the first artist to make her debut in a mobile game, “Dance Fabulous” on N-Gage by Nokia, through collaboration between the Finnish handset manufacturer and Interscope Records in late spring of 2009.  The game included a dancing Gomez avatar and five of her songs, which positioned her at the forefront of a trend that marries music with mobile entertainment.

Raised in suburban Toronto, Cindy is of Colombian and Belgian descent. Her grandmother on her father’s side sang opera and played piano, lending young Cindy early exposure to a variety of musical styles that also included classical music, Spanish songs and Edith Piaf records. “When I was eight years old, I told my father that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” she says.

As Cindy matured, a series of modeling gigs led her to win the title of Miss Latin Canada. As a result, she landed opportunities to sing on Spanish-language television shows in Canada and Mexico, all the while attending university and working a day job in Toronto.

Cindy has collaborated with many of the world’s top songwriters and producers such as Dave Stewart, Desmond Child (Ricky Martin’s “Living La Vida Loca”, Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer”, Katy Perry’s “Waking up in Vegas”..etc) Andreas Carlsson (NSync “Bye Bye Bye”..etc), amongst many others.

Cindy has been featured in various publications such as Macleans, FHM Singapore, Prestige Magazine France, Elle Magazine, Dubai’s Velvet Magazine, La Guia, Zink Magazine and Fast Company.

For the record, Cindy can sing in eight tongues: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Hindi, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Justin Bratton : Actor/Host/Model, Singapore

Justin Bratton is an established host, actor, model, and film-maker based in the Asia-Pacific Region. Of American and Burmese descent, Justin has had a somewhat unorthodox journey from his native Texas to the entertainment world of Asia. After graduating from the University of Texas with a double degree in Communications and Hispanic Studies, he deferred a corporate career in order to travel and explore the world.

His off-beat adventures took him first to Mexico where he played semi-professional soccer and then on to Australia where he was employed as a door to door salesmen. He then travelled North, backpacking through Southeast Asia and working as an English teacher in Thailand before finally arriving in Singapore, where a local friend persuaded him to try modeling. Although he was somewhat reluctant at first, the rest is of course history, as Justin built up an extensive portfolio of TV commercials and campaigns while modeling across the region. He recently hosted Miss Earth 2014 that was held in Manila, Philippines.

Through his successful TV commercial career, Justin discovered a love for film, and expanded his skills to include writing, directing, producing, as well as acting.  Having established himself as an independent film-maker, he has created his own artistic work such as Cupid and The Princess and acted in films such as Art of Living, Inertia and the critically acclaimed Final Recipe.

Recently Justin returned to his backpacking roots to host Heineken’s award winning series The Passport, traveling solo from Inner Mongolia to Bangkok using nothing but beer as currency.

Although only recently arrived back in Singapore, Justin is already busy with several projects – starring in FZD media’s new film Tesseract,  shooting for publications such as Surface Asia, August Man, L’Officiel, as well as guest hosting on Cinemax’s E-Pad with fellow Collective member Oli Pettigrew and hosting BMW’s X-Drive Island.

Lucy Clarkson-Demeo : Model/ Host/ Singer, US-based

Best known as being the official Lara Croft model from the Tomb Raider series of video games for several years, Lucy Clarkson-Demeo is a gorgeous British model, singer and TV presenter who first rose to fame at the age of 16 when she became the face of British publication ‘More Magazine’.

Within a few years, she went on to become a popular celebrity pin-up in the UK, appearing regularly in show biz gossip columns and starring on several magazine front covers. She also featured in photo shoot features for leading publications including Maria Claire and Sports Illustrated.

With her stunning good looks, it was no surprise she was once voted ‘Sexiest Woman in the World’ by men’s magazine, ‘Loaded’ whilst her amazing figure saw her receive the title of ‘Best Rear of the Year’ by The Sun newspaper.

Lucy subsequently featured in a number of high profile advertising campaigns for well-known brands such as: La Senza; Chanel; Diesel; Favela Brazilian swimwear; Marks and Spencer; Vivienne Westwood; Sandals; Wrigleys; Kinders; Veet; De Beers and Pearl Drops.

In 2005, Lucy widened her horizons in 2005 and took up TV presenting/hosting, and has been working as a TV presenter in the USA ever since. Lucy has recently collaborated with Grammy Award-nominated rapper Fat Joe for her debut single ‘Royalty’. The up-tempo club dance track, which features a sample of the British Royal Anthem, will be released in early September 2014.

Mary Christina Brown : Actress, US

As an actress, Mary Christina Brown uses her multicultural background, featuring Dutch, Irish, English, Welsh, Native American, South Korean and Japanese origins, to her creative advantage. She can become a character from any part of the world. Along with her passion for martial arts and physical activity – dance, yoga, stunts and fight scenes, she is a formidable presence on screen.

Her most recent roles include playing a courtesan in “The Man with the Iron Fists” with Russell Crow and a mysterious swordswoman out for revenge in “Night of the Templar” with “The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus. She will next showcase her acting and physical skills in the upcoming drama “AWOL-72” as Monica, an international undercover special agent, with RZA, Luke Goss, and Bokeem Woodbine.

Born into a military family at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and raised in San Francisco, Mary Christina is dedicated to nurturing her mind and body with daily yoga practice, martial arts, dance and stunt training and extensive travel to all parts of the globe.

Nicole Russo : Music producer/songwriter/singer of the acid jazz group The Brand New Heavies, Hong Kong

London-born Nicole Russo has performed worldwide for many years as firstly a singer songwriter, then record producer for some of the top bands in the world notably The Brand New Heavies, The Artful Dodgers and the legendary Eg White. Nicole Russo’s career was launched in 2002 amid record company hype claiming her to be the UK’s answer to contemporary US R&B stars such as Alicia Keys and Sunshine Anderson.

The daughter of 60s singer and comedian Jerry Stevens, Russo was exposed at an early age to soul and funk legends performing on her father’s television show. She learned to play several instruments while at school and became proficient enough at Latin dancing to qualify as a salsa teacher.

Russo made her first foray into music in collaborated with producer Eg White, who had formerly recorded with indie rock duo Eg And Alice. The duo worked with artists including Rae And Christian and the Ignorants, while fitting in sessions for Russo’s debut album, Through My Eyes. The album was recorded in England and America, and released by Telstar Records in July 2002. Russo’s soulful vocals carried tracks such as ‘You Might Be Wrong’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Let You Go’.

Patricia K : Model/ DJ/ Presenter, Kuala Lumpur

Patricia Sue-Lin Knudsen popularly known as Patricia K, is a Danish-Malaysian model, DJ, television host, and emcee. She was born in Hong Kong and raised in Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Denmark, then moved to Malaysia in 2008.

Patricia’s modeling work has seen her appear in print advertisements and marketing campaigns for brands including KLIA Airport, Beaubelle, Nikko Hotel Spa, Rara Black, and Just Wardrobe. She has also graced the covers of local magazines Clive and Stuff. She was nominated as a finalist for Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 and was named Malaysia’s Most Wanted Woman of 2012 by FHM Malaysia.

Her television work includes hosting ESPN’s Castrol Football Crazy, as well as Maxis Football Extra. Besides DJ-ing and emceeing for fashion-related events in Kuala Lumpur, her passion for indie music brought her to the attention of a wider Malaysian audience when she took on the role of a radio announcer for Capital FM – a station specially targeted towards local women – for a daily three-hour afternoon programme, ‘My City’, up until 2012.

In 2013, Patricia launched her new two-hour evening show on Aforadio.com, an online Malaysian radio station, entitled ‘My Indie’.

Paula Taylor : Actress/ Host/ Model, Thailand

Paula Taylor is a woman with several hats. She is an actress, VJ, model, reality TV star, entrepreneur and now mother. Seventeen Magazine crowned her ‘Teen Idol’ for 5 consecutive years.

Paula has always been on the go. She was born in Thailand but moved to Perth, Australia with her parents shortly after her birth, where she grew up.

Paula began modeling as a past time. From Thailand to Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Tokyo, Philippines, she has been gracing the covers of magazines and endorsing countless products. Paula made her debut with her breakout movie, ‘Sexphone – the Lonely Girl Next Door’ in 2003 and cemented her future as ‘the girl next door’. TV dramas and more movies followed in Thailand, Philippines and even a cameo appearance in a Hollywood production alongside Carey Elwes and William Hurt.

After years of working non-stop in the glitz and glamour within the entertainment industry, Paula became one of the most recognizable faces in Thailand; an accomplished VJ for Channel [V].

Rima Fakih : Miss USA 2010, US

Rima Fakih made history as the first Arab, Lebanese, and Muslim to be crowned Miss USA 2010. Proudly Ms. Fakih represented her title as she faced many controversies because of her ethnicity and religion with the media nationally and internationally.

Apart from major modeling campaigns, Rima has appeared in numerous reality TV shows including Fox The Choice, WWE tough Enough, MTV Made, The Today show, David Letterman, Live! With Regis and Kelly, The Wendy Williams Show, E! News, Access Hollywood, ESPN Superbowl edition, BarFly with Fox Sports, BBC News and CNN Exclusive. She is listed number 86 on AskMen.com’s top 99 women 2011 edition. On May 24, 2011, The Roots performed a freestyle song about her during her appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She also appears in the movie Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, which premiered on October 7, 2011.

Rima has also graced the cover of numerous magazines- Elle Oriental, Style (USA), Nadine- Middle East, Four times on the cover Laha magazine (Middle East), US Magazine (USA), OK! Magazine (USA), and several others.

Traveling often and widely, Rima has been invited to speak at the Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday by the first lady, USA’s Homeland Security gala in New York City, Shanghai’s opening of the World Expo, Qatar’s world exhibition, and Egypt’s Down the Road to Goodwill with President Bill Clinton.

Ryan Star : Rock Artist, US

Dubbed “the alt-rock frank ocean” by Paper Magazine, Ryan Star is an alternative rock artist from Brooklyn, New York. His music has appeared prominently in films such as P.S. I Love You and hit television shows like The Vampire Diaries, as well as the theme song to Lie To Me.

Given his live-show prowess, he’s been tapped to share the stage with many incredible artists, from Imagine Dragons to Bon Jovi to Maroon 5.  His 2010 full-length major label debut,11:59, landed at #10 on Billboard’s Rock Albums Chart and #4 on the Tastemakers Chart. In 2012 Ryan’s hit “Stay Awhile” charted Top 30 at Hot AC radio and quickly amassed over 2 million YouTube views.

Ryan’s latest album A N G E L S + A N I M A L S was released early this year. It showcases the best of Ryan Star’s signature style: honest, stream of consciousness matched with innovative production elements. Star’s goal was to make listening to A N G E L S + A N I M A L S akin to meeting him for the very first time — “It’s very autobiographical,” he says, “I gave only the most raw, most honest version of myself on this record. It’s primal in that sense. It starts with an apology and takes us on a man’s journey to become his best self for the woman he lives for. We are all a bit angel and a bit animal, we do the best we can.”

Xiao Wang : Actress/ Model/ Jewelry Designer, New York

Xiao Wang is quite literally, a citizen of the world. Fluent in both English and Mandarin, she was born in china and grew up in the States and is now based in New York. Xiao Wang is also an actress and a fashion model.

She has appeared in numerous editorials (Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Flair Italian, Blackbook, Zink, Genlux, Vogue China, Style Singapore, Elle Singapore, Marie Claire Hong Kong, Elle Hong Kong), campaigns (Kate Spade, Swarovski, Redken, Joico, Clinique, Sony, Lord and Taylor, Macy’s, etc) and runway shows amongst many others. She has also graced the cover of ELLE Singapore. Xiao Wang was an former MTV VJ at MTV Chi. Trained at the prestige William Esper Studio for acting, she has acted in five films thus far, and is becoming an indie film darling with several films under her belt. She is also working on writing and making of her own first film.

In early 2014, she launched two fine jewelry lines Xiao Wang Jewelry and IceCreamCandy, Xiao Wang’s love for jewelry is in her DNA, and her inspirations come from manga and pop art.  Her New York locally-produced, and eco-friendly fine jewelry line is made of recycled gold set with untreated gems like fancy colour diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires just to name a few.  Her collection is a perfect balance of delicate design and bold, modern shapes.  Xiao Wang Jewelry has been featured in magazines Vogue Gioiello, Self, JCK magazines.

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