Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the smaller markets in Asia. Despite its size, the market is slowly starting to gain popularity amongst agencies and models because of the many high quality editorials models have the opportunity to shoot. The "European-style" of photography has attracted many models to travel to the market in order to build a stronger portfolio. The better a model's portfolio, the better the chance they have of booking well-paying jobs as well as receiving a higher guarantee in other markets – even by thousands of dollars.
Like Singapore, KL should be approached as an investment trip for models. Although money can be made in KL, it's nowhere near the amount a model can make in China, Hong Kong, or Japan. But with the opportunity to rebuild a whole book, the return on investment can be high.
KL is mainly a commercial market and many (but not all) clients don't like to take risks on edgier models or those with unique features because they're not sure how well that model will photograph. However, once a model starts to work and their editorials are turning out beautifully, clients (commercial and editorial) will be more inclined to book them.
Although models (of both genders) with light features can work well in KL, those with darker features (brown hair and/or eyes) will usually find the most success in the market - especially in terms of high-paying commercial work. And since KL is predominantly a commercial market, a nice smile is a huge asset for both female and male models.
Taller models fare better in KL because they can book shows and are generally preferred by editorials clients. However, a shorter model with a stunning face and matching personality can also be successful. Aside from physical appearance, the type of model who works well in KL is friendly, easygoing, and outspoken.
Foreign models of Asian/Eurasian descent can work in the market but their potential is generally limited. They might end up working only for fashion shows (if they're tall) or commercial work, depending on their look. Editorial clients, when booking an Asian or Eurasian model, usually book local models or celebrities.
Female models shouldn't be too slim (e.g. Tokyo) and not too curvy (e.g. Istanbul).
Bust: 31-34" (78-86cm)
Waist: 23-25" (58-64cm)
Hips: 34-36" (88-92cm)
Male models shouldn't be too big in the chest and shoulder. No more than 40"/100cm.
Chest: 36-39" (91-99cm)
Waist: 30-32" (76-81cm)
KL isn't a market recommended for first time travellers or models who are under 17/18 years of age, especially due to issues of safety. Models who are seasoned and have experience will fare better in the market.
Models who work well in Kuala Lumpur
Justyna Rusnak (Attitude)
Amanda Coma Balsdon (Base)
Gabrielle Oliviera (Base)
Veronika Herkova (ICON)
Nikola Osipova (Wu)
Nastya G (Attitude)
Natan Squersato (Base)
Natalia Luchinina (Base)
Marcelo Waterkemper (Attitude)
Carl Graham (Attitude)
Note: Although these models have found success in the market, the modelling industry is unpredictable; just because a model does well in a market once doesn't necessarily mean they'll do well there again. Timing, luck, and “looks of the moment” are large indicators of a model's success.
You can check out our KL Pinterest Board for more insight into what models and looks have worked well in KL.
Types of Jobs & Rates
What many models like about KL is that there are very few castings. Depending on the season, a model can expect between 1-4 castings a week. Almost all of the jobs, (including editorials) are direct booked from the model's portfolio and polaroids. Larger jobs such as campaigns may hold a casting, but all magazines are direct bookings (except for Harper's Bazaar and a casting for the publication is rare). If a model is working almost everyday, chances are they'll have even less castings or even none at all.
With minimal castings, beautiful weather, and almost all jobs booked direct, many models often feel they're on vacation when they go to KL. The market is a great place for models to go between two bigger markets (i.e. Hong Kong and Tokyo) and recharge.
Even though there are very few castings, models can still end up working everyday. However, going to KL should be considered an investment trip. Even though models may end up working everyday, jobs in KL don't pay as much as Hong Kong or Tokyo. It's even a good idea for models to go to KL first to build a portfolio and then go work in nearby competitive markets like Singapore or get a high guaranteed contract in Tokyo. Although the competition is higher in both markets, with a stronger portfolio they can stand out more and have a chance to book bigger, more lucrative jobs.
Clients are very nice in KL and always treat the model well. Almost everyone speaks English or at least some level of it so communicating is easy. Even though clients are very laid back, the model shouldn't take advantage of this and should do their best to complete the job as quickly as possible. By doing the job quick and well, the client is more likely to work with the model again in the future because of their professional attitude towards their work. If a model gets along well with the clients and crew, the clients (studios) will use her repeatedly.
The rate in KL for each job is one fixed rate for the whole day. Whether the job lasts 2 hours or 9, models get one flat fee for the day and are not paid by the hour. There is no overtime but there are exceptions. The ninth hour works as a "grace period," for clients, but once any job goes past ten hours, call your agency and let them know. They will then discuss overtime options with the client and you should get paid overtime.
If a model is interested in doing tests they should discuss this with their agency. There are some very talented photographers in KL who are looking to shoot models. Bibo Aswan and Danny Lim are two photographers who have gained prominence in the market and will organize test shoots with models they like.
Note: The rates provided below are only to serve as average estimated figures of the potential earnings that can be made. A model's rate can be either higher or lower and is dependant upon: their agency, the client, type of job, terms of usage, a model's experience, and their reputation in the fashion and modelling industries.
Catalogue and e-commerce rates in KL are some of the lowest in any market. As mentioned earlier, the rates are fixed at a flat rate for a full day. In KL, a model can expect around 1000-1200 RM ($330-440 CDN) per catalogue. This is much lower than markets like Istanbul, Shanghai, and Taipei where $200 CDN is the standard hourly rate. However, the catalogue jobs in KL are quite pleasant and cuts (amount of changes) are usually between 50-80 changes, and only a few clients have a couple hundred changes.
Rate: 1000-1800 RM ($330-615 CDN)
Clients: Zalora, Angel Court, Latina, Cadeon, Coccha, Isetan, Fashion Valet, Avon, Muslimah, etc.
Kuala Lumpur, along with Jakarta and Singapore, is renowned for being an editorial haven. KL has the most monthly magazines out of any other markets in Asia. Many models come to KL in hopes of building a beautiful and strong portfolio. But even though there are a lot of monthly magazines, most publications only use 1-3 models per issue. And with all the models in town and the small size of the market, the competition is quite high. Therefore, getting tearsheets in KL is not as easy as you may think.
In addition, many publications will also reuse the same model they used in a previous issue or even for multiple stories. For example, if you shoot for Female magazine for their November issue and they like you, there's a good chance they'll book you for another issue as well. This can be great for models because it gives them the chance to really build their book with beautiful tears. However, this is a disadvantage to other models because they're missing out on the chance to book those editorials. This however, is where being nice, co-operative, and easy-going can really help a model build strong relationships with those lucrative clients and be rebooked.
Even though most models come to KL to get pictures, the reality is that many models don't actually get very many tearsheets, if any. Some are lucky to even get one good fashion spread and not just a "mix and match."
Mix and match spreads are usually the most dreaded amongst models in KL because they are not full page spreads or stories. The pictures are usually small and featured beside the outfits. They aren't useful as tear sheets.
Many clients are afraid to take risks with some models because to the untrained eye, they may not possess that stereotypical or classical beauty. So if a model that isn't working well books gets a spread and the photos turn out beautiful, other magazines will then be more confident in using the model so their bookings will increase for editorials. And if a model's popularity amongst photographers and makeup artists is high, and their photos in magazines are turning out beautifully, other magazines will be inclined to use them. And usually, a photographer will even request to use or work with that model again.
Therefore, staying three months in KL can help a model get more tearsheets because they have the opportunity for more exposure and thus a better chance for tears.
In one month, a model favoured by clients can appear in up to 5 magazines, and that's a lot of potential tearsheets taken away from other models hoping to build a book.
Editorial shoots are usually booked for a full day but can usually finish quite quick depending on the location, scene change (if any), and how quickly the model can deliver the right shots.
Beauty shoots can last even longer than fashion shoots and longer than a full day. The makeup needs to be precise and look perfect in the photo so the attention to detail is very high. Be sure to pack an extra coffee for yourself, you'll definitely be needing it.
In addition, almost all tearsheets are in English! Although once taboo, if a tearsheet is in Chinese or Malay, international agencies will still put them in a model's portfolio if it's a good quality photo.
Rate: 300 RM ($100 CDN) and 400 RM ($130 CDN) for a cover.
Clients: Jessica, Marie Claire, Icon, Shape, Female, Style, Glam Lelaki, ELLE, HerWorld, JMen, Prestige, Citta Bella, Seventeen, GLAM, Stuff, Feminine, Cosmopolita, Pearl, Men's Uno, Cleo, Harpers Bazaar, Intrend, Eh!, NuYou, Sovrin (Cambodia).
Advertorials are similar to editorials except the pay is double. The advertorials are usually featured in magazines like Her World and Marie Claire and depending on the brand, can also lead to good tear sheets.
Rate: 600-700 RM ($200-230 CDN)
Clients: Carlo Rino, Samsung, Isetan, Levi's, Thomas Sabo, Adidas etc.
Rate: The rate can vary significantly depending on the brand and is usually between 1500-3000 RM ($515-1000 CDN).
Clients: Sereni & Shentel, Jovian Mandagie, KWC, Coccha, Nose, Nichii, Kitschen etc.
Runway & Presentation
There are a lot of presentations and runway shows in KL ranging from commercial to international high fashion brands. Generally, clients in KL prefer a more "commercial walk," (smiles, less strong, relaxed) unless the show is for a luxury brand like Gucci, where the clients ask the models to walk more "fashion." The duration of shows depends on the size of the show and the client. A show can take all day or as little as four hours.
Rate: Although there's a large number of presentations and shows, the pay is very low. For example, models in Hong Kong get paid, on average, 4000-5000HKD ($565-705 CDN) per show (including fittings and rehearsal). In KL, the rate is almost always between 700-1000 RM ($230-330 CDN), which includes fittings and rehearsal.
Clients: Kenzo, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Love Bonito, Kate Spade, Sephora, Timberland, Espirt, MAC, Guess, Carolina Herrera, Fossil, Stylo etc.
Fashion week: Mid-End October/November and March
Print advertisements are some of the best jobs models can book in KL. They're good jobs, pay well, are easy, and usually there are also great photos.
Rate: 3000-4000 RM ($1000-1330 CDN) to start but can be much higher depending on the client and number of days the shoot goes on for.
Clients: Various shopping malls (Sunway, Parksons, Isetan, Sogo, The Gardens etc) jewelry clients (Tomei), as well as retailers (Padini, Nichii, Wacoal, Wisma Cosway), etc.
There are many different clients models can shoot campaigns for in KL. The rates vary depending on the client as well as the number of models used for the shoot.
Rate: Campaign 3000-10000 RM (approx., $1000-3300 CDN)
Clients: Nichii and Kitschen, Nose, Hush Puppies, Dressing Paula, Renoma, Carlo Rino, Flying Nomad, Feraud, Applemints, Poh Kong Jewelry, Sembonia, Sachs, Pavillion, Parkson, Padini, Wacoal, Jovian Mandagie, Voir, Soda, Vincci, Shoe Mart, etc.
Television Commercials (TVCs)
TVC's are not very common in the KL market but they do happen. All the agencies will usually have the same castings for TVCs since there are so few (and the budgets are usually quite low); however, it's well known that ML Models is the most renowned for commercial work, especially TVCs.
Rate: The rate for a TVC can vary drastically depending on the model's role. For a side role or smaller featured part, a model can expect between 1500-4500 RM ($515-1550 CDN). Lead roles can easily be over 5000 RM ($1700 CDN). but are harder. to come by.
Clients: Celcom, Qatar Airways, Wacoal, Nissan etc.
The best season in KL is from September-November and March-June. December-February is usually quite slow because it's during the Christmas holidays as well as Chinese New Year. July-August is usually slower for work because of Ramadan; however, magazines are still shooting so models can book a lot of editorials.
Models should also stick to going to KL once a year. Even if a model finds success in the market and clients like him or her, clients still like to use new faces. Too much exposure can work against the model in KL even if they have built a positive reputation.
Note: For models interested in the agency "Faces” (once the most popular agency in Kuala Lumpur), it has been defunct for a few years now; however, one of the previous head bookers at Faces now works at Wu Models.
Note: The Business Model does not endorse or promote any of the above agencies. The following list is to serve as a directory so that models may be aware of the current active agencies in the market. Before signing with any agency, TBM encourages all models to read contracts carefully.
There are a few different modes of transportation models can use to get around Kuala Lumpur. Transportation in the city is also relatively cheap and cost effective; however, even small costs have a tendency to add up over time. Some agencies also don't reimburse their models for transportation. In addition, the pocket money from the agency might also not be enough for transportation and personal needs so models should have some of their own money. Sometimes though, you may have a casting or job with someone else from your agency so you can take a taxi together and it ends up being much cheaper and safer.
LRT & Monorail
The LRT is the name of KL's metro service. It's inexpensive and efficient and the best part is, models usually only end up taking the same line (Red Line - Kelana Jaya). The fare for one way is usually between 2-4 RM (around $1 CDN). However, once they arrive at the station, they'll usually have to take a taxi (see below) to the studio location.
Models should also still be careful when they're on the LRT. Having your eyes and ears open at all times is important for your safety. If you're travelling alone in the evening coming back from a job, message a friend or your agency with your whereabouts so they know you're okay.
The use of the monorail is not encouraged unless you're travelling with another person or in a group, especially in the evening. The LRT and taxis are also more efficient and cost effective than the monorail anyway. And remember, your safety is of the most importance so it's better to pay a little extra and be safe.
Note: Since their inception over the past couple years, Uber and Grabcar have become very popular amongst locals and models alike in KL. They are cheaper and safer options and can be downloaded for free on any smartphone. Models are encouraged to download and use the apps when travelling to and from castings and jobs.
Taxis in Malaysia are cheap compared to many other markets and budget taxis start at 3.00RM ($1.00 CDN).
Before you get into a taxi, be sure to ask the driver (called “uncle” in Malaysia and Singapore) to use the meter. Otherwise, he may charge you a fixed rate. Even though it's illegal for them to do so, this is especially common with some drivers and during peak hours.
The peak times are before 9:00 a.m., and from 6:00-9:00 p.m. It can be very difficult to catch a taxi during this time because of traffic. Many taxi drivers will ask you to pay a fixed rate and will not use the meter. It's a good idea then to try to use one of the apps (Easy Taxi or My Teksi (more information below) or if you must, even try to negotiate a lower rate with the driver if they ask for a fixed rate.
When you get into a taxi, be sure to lock all the doors on both sides of you. Some of the newer cabs are automatic so you don't have to but for the older cabs you'll have to do it yourself. KL has a reputation of not being a safe city so it's of the utmost importance to take precautions to ensure your safety. We cannot stress this enough.
When you are in a car or taxi, it's also a good idea to keep your bag on top of your feet. Although it doesn't occur often, some motorbikers have been known to look into cars while they're driving to see if a handbag is easily within reach or in view. If it is, some will go as far as punching the window to grab the bag or purse. The likelihood of such an event occurring is very slim but models should be aware that the possibility does exist.
Budget taxis (red, yellow, green) - Red taxis are most common and are known as budget taxis, same with green and yellow. They are budget taxis because they're what most people use and are cheap but they're mostly safe and definitely better than public transportation.
Luxury taxis (blue) - Blue taxis are expensive and usually your trip will cost double what it would with a budget taxi! You have been warned.
Easy Taxi is a free app you can download from your app store or marketplace. You can type in your current location and the app will search for a driver to come and get you. When the driver arrives at your location, you will receive a text message or a phone call from the driver themselves. The entire transaction is also recorded making it a great and safe option and defintirly easier than catching one on the street.
My Teksi is also a free app you can download from your app store or marketplace. Easy Taxi and My Teksi are direct competitors but My Teksi is the more popular app and is used by more drivers and locals than Easy Taxi.
For more information on MyTeksi, you can read our review of the app here.
Note: A wifi or 3G/4G connection is needed in order to any app! Find out at a local convenience store or your check with your SIM card provider for data options.
Words of Advice
Culture shock - KL is a westernized city and is expat-friendly in terms of food, activities, shopping, etc. Main shopping areas include: KLCC, Pavilion, and Lot10.
Be nice - Although this point is stressed in every guide, models should be nice and sweet onwards clients. In KL, clients love models who are outgoing and fun and will be more inclined to rebook them. Often times, once a studio really likes a model, they are loyal to them and rebook them multiple times. The industry is also very small and everyone knows each other, so always do your best. Very importantly, don't start gossiping!
Note: Some agencies in KL also have close ties with agencies in neighbouring markets, like Singapore and Thailand, so you want to leave a good impression on them!
Food - For models worried about food due to dietary restrictions, Malaysian food is cheap and tasty. The local fruit markets also are very cheap with a wide range of tropical fruits to choose from. There are also many international grocery stores (Isetan, Cold Storage, etc), restaurants, and cafés so models shouldn't have a hard time. Although be prepared to pay a little extra for imported foods.
Carry a snack - Sometimes a shoot can run a long time so it's always a good idea to have a snack or two on you to maintain your energy levels.
Travel - If you end up having some extra time off, consider exploring nearby countries or even islands in Malaysia. It's cheap to travel around Southeast Asia and incredibly beautiful.
Budget airlines: Air Asia, Tiger, Firefly
For models travelling to KL, it's important you take the time to fully research the market and how to stay safe. Although KL is a beautiful, multicultural city, it isn't without its problems. What was once a peaceful and safe city, much like its neighbour Singapore, in the past decade, KL has become an increasingly unsafe place to live. With political turmoil and increased violence on the rise, even locals have become extremely cautious of their surroundings. Although petty theft such as those performed by snatch thieves are minor, models being mugged, held at knife point, and being threatened with rape have occurred in the past.
Although this information may seem overwhelming, it's important for models to be in the know. Most models haven't had any problems in KL but it's better to be informed and safe than ignorant and sorry. Upon your arrival, your agency will also brief you on the importance of safety in Malaysia to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
In order to help you have a good experience in Kuala Lumpur, we have compiled a list of helpful safety tips:
Note: For more information on the current situation in Malaysia, you can also check out our article, “Safety in Malaysia.”
Dress Modestly – Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country with 60% of the population being Muslim. It's always best to err on the side of conservatism and wear non-revealing clothing as opposed to tank tops and shorts. The weather in KL is very hot year round so wearing jeans everyday may not seem like the ideal choice. But when you're deciding on your wardrobe, please be mindful and respectful of the conservative mentality that's present. If you choose to wear short shorts and low slung tops, do not be shocked if you receive unwarranted glances or stares. Although it may be okay to wear back in your home country, you're not home so you should follow the local customs.
Although the weather is very hot and humid, if you want to wear shorts, consider wearing a pair that are slightly longer in length. Or you can wear a pair of thin black tights underneath. Don't wear anything flashy or walk around with expensive jewelry because that can also draw unnecessary attention to yourself.
Note: Female models don't need to wear a headscarf (hijab) unless it's for a job or if they plan to visit certain temples.
Have a cover up – Although the weather in Malaysia is hot year round, shopping centres and train stations are incredibly cold due to air conditioning. Be prepared by carrying a light scarf, shawl, or cover up so you don't get too chilly or sick.
Purses – Female models should wear purses across their shoulder and chest and should hold their bag close to them at all times. Avoid wearing your purse slung casually over your shoulder because it makes it easy for snatch thieves to potentially steal them.
If you're walking outside, it's a good idea to walk on the side of the road where you can see oncoming traffic to make yourself less of a target for snatch thieves.
Keep Your Belongings Safe - Don't have your passport on you or any other cards. If you're travelling for a job, take your Visa and passport with you but leave the rest of your money and documents at home.
Weather - As mentioned, the weather in Malaysia is incredibly hot and humid during the summer and a lot of rain in October and on. Always be sure to apply sunscreen during the day and to be properly hydrated.
It's also a good idea to have a small bottle of mosquito repellent because KL is in a spot where dengue fever can occur. Although it's rare to contract the illness, it's better to air on the side of caution. Always bring some with you if you know you'll be shooting outdoors.
Eyes and Ears Open – Always keep your eyes and ears open. Be aware of your surroundings and don't walk around with your headphones on or talking on your phone. There was a situation where a model was on her phone just outside a shopping centre and a snatch thief on a motorbike grabbed it our of her hand. If you're going to make a call, stay in the shopping mall or even use a cheap phone for when you're out.
Also, beware of the old "Do you know what time it is?" trick, where someone asks you for the time only to see if you check your phone and what kind of phone you have. A snatch thief can easily grab it and run so be cautious. An easy solution is to wear a wrist watch.
Buddy system - Never walk around by yourself at night. It's always better to travel in pairs or in groups when possible. If you must walk alone in the evening because you're coming home from a job, opt for a taxi instead.
Note: The area around KLCC/Pavilion (Bukit Bintang) however, is usually quite safe even in the evening since there are always many people around but remember to keep eyes and ears open.
Avoid Side Streets - Always stick to the most populated main roads. Avoid small roads and side streets even during the day. Although rare, muggings have happened to models before, even in daylight.
Beware of Snatch Thieves – Snatch thieves are often on motorbikes and they're professionals at what they do. Although usually just petty theft, models should keep their belongings close to them at all times and valuables at home.
Ask for a Ride – When you're finished your job, ask the client to arrange for your transport home if you don't use the MyTeksi app or don't have access to data or WiFi. Whether the client calls you a taxi or drives you to the nearest LRT station, your safety is of the most importance so don't hesitate to ask.
Smiling - Although a simple smile at a stranger back in your home country is a sign of friendliness, it may be misinterpreted in Malaysia as a sexual advance.
Pepper spray - Some models have kept a small can of pepper spray on hand. Although they rarely ever need to use it, for some it's extra security. If you don't have pepper spray, a small can of hairspray (available at any drug store) has a similar effect to it that can “stun” an attacker.
Don't compare - If you have worked in Singapore before, don't compare it to Malaysia when you're talking to clients. There have been ongoing tensions since Singapore separated from Malaysia.
Top Photographers & Artists
Although KL is a small market, the city is home to a lot of incredibly talented artists and professionals. The following is a list of some of Malaysia's top photographers, stylists, studios, and make-up and hair artists. If you end up working with any of the following individuals, be sure to do your absolute best. If you leave a good impression on a client or studio, they will request to work with you again on future projects.
Note: The following is only a small list of some of the best talent Malaysia has to offer.
Blink Studio - Eric Blink
Image Rom - Steve Koh
Lenswork Studios - Aaron Lee
Yipieyaya Studios - Chuan Looi, TK Teo, Chee Wei
Other top talent: Chin Too, Max Mak, Colin Sim, Khir Khalid, KF Bong, Ckay Liow, Deirdre Chong
Agency Commission: 40% for Malaysian agency and 10% for mother agency
Currency Exchange: $1.00 CDN : 3 Malaysian Ringgit (RM)
Expenses Advanced: Yes
Agencies in KL will advance a model's accommodations and airfare if requested. However, models should be made aware that the pocket money is small and should bring their own cash as well. Agencies usually start by giving their models between 140/150 RM ($>50 CDN) per week. But after their expenses are covered, the agency can give a model more money (210 RM : $70 CDN) that is usually enough to last the week.
Recently however, a couple agencies have increased their weekly pocket money amount to 250 RM ($86 CDN) - a significant increase from 140 RM.
Offer Guarantee: No
Agencies in KL do not offer models a guarantee. But if the model's statement is in the positive after their departure, most agencies will give models a 5000 RM cash advance. Meaning, they will give the models 5000 RM cash from their earnings and will wire the rest into their account 45-60 days after their departure from Kuala Lumpur. This also depends on the agency-model contract agreement and could be more or less.
Standard Contract: 60-90 days
The standard contract for KL is between 2-3 months. Models who are travelling from further destinations such as Europe or North America usually have to end up staying closer to ninety days because of the high cost of airfare. Although a two months contract is still possible, a three month contract is more common. This is negotiable and some models end up staying a total of 10 weeks instead of 12.
If a model is travelling within Asia already and the host agency thinks they'll work well, then a two month contract (8 week) contract is also possible.
Visa Status: Visa required depending on country of origin
Models from Canada do not require a tourist visa and can enter Malaysia up to 90 days. For models from other countries, please be sure to double check if you need a visa or not to enter the country.
Note: Most agencies have started taking models from certain countries for only two months at a time as opposed to three. This is because starting 2014, people from Russia and Ukraine are only permitted to stay in Malaysia for 30 days at a time. As such, models will have to leave KL 30 days into their contract to Bangkok, Phuket, or another country or city of their choice, for a few days in order to be allowed to. re-enter Malaysia. The agency usually will not advance the travel costs so models will have to pay themselves out of pocket.
In some cases, agencies will apply for a visa extension for models but it is more expensive and will come out of the model's expenses. However, some models may find this to be an easier alternative as opposed to leaving the country.
Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Bahasa (Indonesian), Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Hindi
Kuala Lumpur is a very diverse city where people speak many different languages. However, most people do speak English so you shouldn't have an issue getting around the city or asking for help.
On the job, almost all clients speak English but if not, one or two members of the crew, such as the photographer, so communication will be easy.
Model Apartments: Fair-Good
The model apartments in Kuala Lumpur tend to be quite good. Most of the apartments, if not all, have a basic gym, swimming pool, and the apartments themselves tend to be very big. Most of the apartments also come with two washrooms which is a huge step up from the usual one washroom common in many model apartments. There usually are three bedrooms per apartment. And similarly to Singapore, female and male models may sometimes end up sharing an apartment together but not bedrooms.
Even though the living space might be big, the main issue with apartments in KL is that sometimes up to 6-10 models can end up living in the same apartment. If this happens, remember to do your housemates a courtesy and clean your dishes!
People: People in KL tend to be quite friendly and will help you if you're lost. However, female models should exhibit particular caution when walking around alone, especially at night. Models should also always be careful and remember to not be too nice to strangers. A small smile can even be considered a sexual advance so female models should keep to themselves.