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The search for Britains next Top Model UK 2013 begins in central London. We meet some of this years hopefuls.

Published: 5 Feb 2013

The countdown to find Britain’s next top model 2013 got off to great start last Friday in the heart of London, when over 100 aspiring models from across the country descended on Soho for the VIP launch party.

Top Model hopefuls at the Top Model UK VIP Launch party

Lizzie Elliot Top Model Winner 2010 with Fashion Designer Omar Mansoor The Top Model UK competition has been a launch pad for many a newly discovered model and our Buy British reporter was lucky enough to secure an invite to the party. We got a few moments to chat with model Lizzie Elliot, winner of the 2010 competition. Lizzie (pictured right with London based fashion designer Omar Mansoor), who since winning the catwalk section at the age 15, has since gone on to model at both London and Milan fashion weeks and been the cover girl on Vogue Italia on multiple occasions. As you’d expect, she looked stunning in a long sequin dress, she said “it can be hard work but every day is different. You get to meet some interesting people and you get to wear clothes that most girls only dream of. I know am very fortunate to have such an amazing job”.

Top Model UK host and director, Geoff Cox, was also on hand and said that “this year is the best and the biggest competition so far" and he was definitely "looking forward to the finals after an exhaustive search”. He added that “the competition is split into several categories to ensure that all the different types of modelling is covered”. This year winners will be crowned in five main categories which are ‘Editorial’, traditional ‘Runway’ modelling (Commercial), ‘Natural beauty’ an over 25s category and also a male category. This year also features the return of the Top Model worldwide, a category which casts the net for models on a global scale.

Top Model Editorial hopefuls at the Top Model UK VIP Launch party
Selected Top Model Worldwide finalists from across the globe.

The event is also an opportunity for British designers to showcase, their latest and greatest designs under the catwalk spotlights. Previous London based designers who provided their couture outfits at the show include Omar Mansoor and Luna Sky and we look forward to their seeing their latest collections.

Top Model Male hopefuls at the Top Model UK VIP Launch party
Top Model Male Model finalists

The Top Model UK Grand Finals are to be held over 3 days at the Hilton Metropole in West London in mid-April (April 12-14th), a few VIP tickets and tables still remain. With the standard of the 2013 intake of models very high, the judges decision will surely prove to be a difficult one, but who knows we may even find more than one new British supermodel this year!.

Top Model editorial hopefuls at the Top Model UK VIP Launch party
Selected finalists in the Editorial category

 

Reporter: Alastair Grant
Photos: Colin Chau / ©Top Model UK

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