What would you do with HK$20,000 and an all-access pass to one of Asia's most popular shopping capitals? Two lucky Cosmo readers recently put their shopping skills to the test as they competed in an exciting, fun-filled shopping challenge all over Hong Kong—and we've got the scoop on every detail of their adventure.
Gianina Mae Goño and Jacqueline Antonio (a.k.a. Giai and Jacqi) were the winners of our online fashion-forward contest, and their prize was to represent the country in an international shopping competition organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and Visa.
The “Visa go Hong Kong Super Shopper” was the grand finale of the Hong Kong Summer Spectacular program, and teams from eleven countries were tasked to give themselves total makeovers with an allotted budget and only eight hours of shopping time! As the girls found out, finding your way around a foreign country--in search of the best fashion finds--in such a short amount of time can be quite difficult, especially if it's your first time there.
Hong Kong Super Shopper Contest Proper
The contestants underwent tons of preparation beforehand, learning about the latest fashion trends and planning their itinerary for the actual contest. They ended up commuting all around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, shopping high and low for a complete new outfit, including shoes, accessories, cosmetics, and even gadgets. The teams each had a theme to guide their makeover challenge, and you'll be amazed by the creative looks they were able to put together in a few hours!
After completing their purchases, the girls raced to the finish line at Marco Polo Hotel Kowloon. But, the challenge wasn't over yet! Giai and Jacqi spent the rest of the night styling their outfits and preparing for their judging panel the next day. They woke up bright and early on presentation day to have their hair and makeup done, and rehearse their walk. Then that afternoon, they strutted their stuff on the catwalk in front of media from all over Asia!
And The Winners Are...
It was a long and eventful competition and, in the end, the teams from South Korea and Singapore were crowned the Hong Kong Super Shoppers of 2011, taking home Visa spending credit worth HK$200,000 per team!
We'd like to congratulate the winners and our girls for putting on such a great show that demonstrated different fashion expressions from around the world. We're so proud of Giai and Jacqi for the creativity, resourcefulness, and fearlessness they showed throughout the contest! Enjoy all your shopping loot, girls! We hope you had a blast living it up in Hong Kong!
Excited to see their HK$20,000 makeovers? Launch the gallery to follow the girls through their epic shopping adventure around Hong Kong, from contest preparation to runway presentation and post-event celebration! You can catch a teaser of their adventures in the video below: