The fiercest fight in fashion is back this month, as Britain’s Next Top Model returns on Living for a fifth series.
Boasting its biggest and most beautiful line up to date, the style spectacular is fronted by Lisa Snowdon, fresh from her Strictly success returning to mentor and mediate the 20 wannabe supermodels.
Joined on the panel by Icelandic photographer and Creative Director Huggy Ragnarsson, and new Judge, distinguished milliner Louis Mariette, Lisa will be on hand each week to rule one girl out of the running for the life changing prize: a contract with leading agents Models 1, and a cover and spread with glossy monthly magazine Company.
With the competition fiercer that ever before, the contestants swap couture chic for military muscle by enrolling on boot camp, for the first time in Britain’s Next Top Model history.
The contestants will be packed into a luxury house, which will only accommodate thirteen of the lovely ladies. Lisa and her team are then on an instant mission to ditch seven of the wannabes, leaving only the most determined to claw their way to the top.
Among the 20 hopefuls this year is the cousin of former contestant Abbey Clancy, who came second in the competition in 2006. Chloe Cummings could prove to be just as successful if she has Abbey's determination to succeed this year, so keep an eye out for her.
Also, for the first time this year, viewers were given the opportunity to vote one of the twenty contestants into the competition. Following an online poll for four wannabe models in December, the last model, Hayley Buchanan from Scotland, was chosen to join the other feisty females battling it out to become the next face of fashion.
The series will continue to run its usual course of twelve weeks, with a weekly elimination whereby the panel weigh up each of their catwalk credentials further to a themed photo shoot challenge.
Flaunting their fashion appeal, the girls will also meet with leading designers including Burberry, world famous photographers, celebrity royalty Jo Wood and legendary America’s Next Top Model catwalk expert J Alexander, who makes a surprise appearance.
There will also be catwalks, castings, cover girl shoots and more mystery locations than ever before- in previous years getaway destinations have included glamorous backdrops of Millan, Cape town, Marrakesh and Rio De Janeiro.
Commenting on the launch of series 5, Lisa Snowdon said: "Each year it seems that the competition gets tougher, for the first time ever on the show, twenty girls will be fighting it out to become top model. All of them will need to make sure that positive first impressions are made so that they don’t get lost in the crowd!"
On returning to the show, Huggy Ragnarsson said: "It is fantastic to be a part of the show once more. Last year was definitely an experience and I am confident that we can again find Britain's Next Top Model amongst the high standard of girls this season. Using my experience as a judge, photographer & ex-model I hope to strengthen the girls into becoming up there with the very best".
New judge Louis Mariette commented: "I’m excited to be a part of the phenomenon that is Britain’s Next Top Model. I have worked with some excellent photographers and stunning models and know how magnificent the models can look if they put their mind to it, I hope to show the girls the way to achieve this."
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