Pia Wurtzbach to guest in Asia's Next Top Model

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will appear as a special guest on Asia's Next Top Model (AsNTM) Cycle 5.

AsNTM released a photo showing Wurtzbach with creative director Yu Tsai, Hong Kong supemodel Cara McIlroy, and model-host Cindy Bishop.


Filipino fans of the show have mixed reactions.

Some are glad that Wurtzbach — who also has modeling experience — is appearing on the show, while others assume the producers added Wurtzbach to attract more Filipino viewers.

Past Filipina contestants came close to winning AsNTM.  Stephanie Retuya, Jodilly Pendre, and Monika Sta. Maria were first runner-ups. Julian Flores made it to the Top 4 of the contest's fourth edition.

The show has not yet released an official list of contestants or a premiere date.

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