America's Next Top Model judge to attend Vietnamese show's finale

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"Queen of the Catwalk" J. Alexander. Photo courtesy of Vietnam's Next Top Model

J. Alexander, an American catwalk coach and former judge of America's Next Top Model, will attend the finale of the Vietnamese version of the highly rated US reality show later this month.

According to a Vietnam's Next Top Model press release issued Thursday, Alexander, 55, also known by his nickname Miss J, is scheduled to arrive in Vietnam on December 18, and will participate in the show as a catwalk mentor and the finale's guest judge.

Alexander worked as catwalk trainer and judge on the global hit reality TV series America's Next Top Model for the first 18 of its 20 seasons. Tyra Banks, creator, host and head judge of America's Next Top Model, coined him the title "Queen of the Catwalk."

He was also invited to participate in the show's adaptations in Canada, Finland, Russia, South Korea and the UK.

He has provided walking lessons for many famous supermodels, including Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell and Kimora Lee Simmons, according to the release.

Before him, Banks was invited to be guest judge for the 2011 Vietnam's Next Top Model.

Vietnam's Next Top Model is now in its fourth year, and like the American original version, this is the first time the competition features male contestants.

The fourth season is televised every Sunday evening on Vietnam Television's VTV3 channel.

Four contestants  Mau Thi Thanh Thuy and Nguyen Thi Cha Mi  (female) and Vu Tuan Viet and Le Van Kien (male) out of this year's top 18 contestants are still in the running for the top title.

Make-up artist Nam Trung and designer Do Manh Cuong continue to be judges, while season two and three's host and head judge, model Xuan Lan, has been replaced this year by model Thanh Hang. Adam Williams, an Australian catwalk coach and Asia's Next Top Model judge, also served as one of this season's guest judges.  

The finale will be broadcast live on VTV3 at 9 p.m. December 22.

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