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John Robert Powers, an American actor in the 1920s, founded the first modelling agency in New York city in 1923. Soon afterwards, he opened the doors to the first personality development school and created a curriculum that was to be the core for executive skills, modeling, acting and social skills. Today, these courses are offered worldwide through the John Robert Powers Schools.

Powers believed that there was no such thing as an unattractive person, only people who did not know how to make the most of themselves. Naturalness was his gospel. He encourages his female students to "make down, instead of make-up". Till this day, our schools still believe and teach this philosophy. Be yourself. Be natural. Be the best you can be because that is what John Robert Powers is all about.


Famous personalities from the political and movie world make up a long list of people who have gone through the John Robert Powers Programs. First Ladies Jackie Kennedy and Betty Ford, Princess Grace of Monaco, Jennifer Jones, Raquel Welch, Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck, Lucille Ball, Lee Remick, Ann Margaret, Henry Fonda, Tyrone Power, Fredrick March, Ryan Locke, Ben Gould (Saved by the Bell), Faith Ford (Murphy Brown Show), Porntip Nakhirunkanok (Miss Universe), Farah Fawcett, Josh Duhamel and Brenda Song just to name a few.


Marking its 93rd year in 2016 as the leading personality development provider, the John Robert Powers Schools continue to touch people's lives by empowering them and helping them unleash their full potential. We follow proudly in the footsteps of the man, John Robert Powers.

Today, the John Robert Powers program is available throughout a worldwide network of academies in the United States of America and Canada as well as in Asia including Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan, Myanmar and Lebanon.

John Robert Powers in Malaysia is exclusively offered at STYLO Academy in Kuala Lumpur. It was launched in November 2010 when it opened its doors for business.

“Stylo Academy is proud to adopt this curriculum and be able to bring one of the finest internationally recognised finishing school curriculums to cater to Malaysians of all walks of life.

“There is definitely market opportunity for a personality and personal development product in response to the rapidly developing and globally integrating Asian markets, especially here in Malaysia.

“Our ultimate goal is to help students maximise their potential through self-discovery, image enhancement and communication skills that will result in confidence and personal fulfillment,” Yeoh said, adding that courses are offered to children, adults, aspiring models, working executives, politicians and even royal families.


Dato’ Nancy Yeoh, Chairman of John Robert Powers Malaysia,
President of Stylo Academy & Stylo International and Co-Chairman of the Malaysia Fashion Week.