Elite Model Look
|Elite Model Look|
|Genre||Model search competition|
Elite Model Look (formerly known as Look of the Year from 1983-1995) is a yearly fashion modeling event held by Elite Model Management, an international model management group. It is used to discover and launch female fashion models in the international fashion marketplace, like the similar Ford Models' Supermodel of the World contest. Each year the contest attracts some 350,000 participants from roughly 70 countries in the world, with castings held in over 800 cities. Contestants, typically between the ages of 14 and 18, compete in local contests for a chance to represent their country in the world final.
Notable past contestants include Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros, Cindy Crawford, Dayana Mendoza, Diane Kruger, Esther Cañadas, Fernanda Tavares, Frederique van der Wal, Ruby Christine Martin, Gisele Bündchen, Inés Rivero, Isabeli Fontana, Kate Dillon Levin, Lara Stone, Petra Němcová, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz and Ujjwala Raut.
In 1999, the United States finals were recorded to make a television documentary special called The Making of a Supermodel, which aired on E! Entertainment Television. Online, a web television documentary titled Elite New Face premiered on Hulu on November 19, 2012. The series reviewed the 2011 contest, and followed the 2012 contest beginning from the regional castings all the way to the world final and the announcement of the winner. A second season following the 2013 event was also created.
The search is open to beginning models, with the contest's mission stated as being “providing the opportunity for young girls to enter the fashion world, become models and go on to have fabulous careers.” and “to discover the new talents who will become the next top models.”
Female contestants are required to be between the ages of 14/15 and 22/24 years, and meet minimum height requirement of 1.72m, or 5'8". Males are required to be between the ages of 16 and 24/28 years, and meet a minimum height requirement of 1.82m, or 6'0". Until 2014, Males were only allowed to participate national finals, with females competing in the final.
Each country taking part in the contest selects semi-finalists in various cities who compete to become national finalists. The winners of each national contest compete together in the world final. The winners are selected based on their photogenic abilities, personality, natural beauty, and potential to fit into current fashion trends. The world final lasts two weeks, during which the finalists participate in various workshops. These include highlighting natural beauty with make-up and hair professionals, photo shoots, rehearsals for the final show, and individual interviews with members of the jury and Elite’s agents.
During the final show fifteen winners are selected by a jury, and are awarded worldwide contracts with Elite Model Management. The top three contestants are offered contracts with a guaranteed remuneration.
|Held||Winner||Country||Date of birth||Age||Notable participants||Reference|
|November 19, 1983||Lisa Hollenbeck||United States||1968-1-1||15||Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Stephanie Seymour|||
|August 27, 1985||Frederique van der Wal||Netherlands||1967-8-30||17||Unknown|||
|September 1986||Maria Lindkvist||Sweden||Unknown||Unknown||Karen Mulder|||
|September 1987||Debbie Chin||United States||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|||
|September 15, 1988||Kelley Browne||United States||Unknown||Unknown||Kate Fischer, Catherine McCord|||
|September 4, 1989||Ines Sastre||Spain||1973-11-21||15||Natasha Henstridge|| |
|September 12, 1990||Wendy Veldhuis||Netherlands||1971-8-26||19||Georgina Grenville, Ingrid Vandebosch|||
|September 4, 1991||Ingrid Seynhaeve||Belgium||1973-6-28||18||Kate Dillon Levin|| |
|September 15, 1992||Mariann Molski||United States||1976-9-24||15||Diane Kruger, Eugenia Silva, Oxana Zubakova|||
|September 11, 1993||Heidi Albertsen||Denmark||1976-9-1||17||Inés Rivero|| |
|September 4, 1994||Natalia Semanova||Russia||1979-10-1||14||Gisele Bündchen, Esther Cañadas, Kristanna Loken Kerry Bohm|||
|August 20, 1995||Sandra Wagner||Switzerland||1978-1-1||17||Emma B, Eihi Shiina, Tracy Trinita|||
|September 7, 1996||Diana Kovalchuk||Ukraine||1982-2-23||14||Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros, Isabeli Fontana
Katia Zygouli, Michelle Alves, Nina Morić, Petra Němcová, Ujjwala Raut
|September 16, 1997||Yfke Sturm||Netherlands||1981-11-19||15||Franziska Knuppe, Juliana Martins, Viera Schottertova, Nataša Vojnović|||
|September 17, 1998||Alina Puscau||Romania||1982-4-7||16||Mara Darmousli, Tatiana Kovylina, Mia Rosing, Sandra Seifert|||
|September 11, 1999||Vika Sementsova||Ukraine||1985-7-2||14||Karishma Modi, Kate Nauta, Raica Oliveira, Lara Stone|| |
|September 9, 2000||Linda Vojtová||Czech Republic||1985-6-22||15||Alena Martanovicova, Arantxa Santamaria|||
|September 8, 2001||Rianne ten Haken||Netherlands||1986-5-7||15||Emina Cunmulaj, Tracy Ip, Dayana Mendoza, Renata Ruiz|||
|September 7, 2002||Ana Mihajlovic||Serbia and Montenegro||1987-5-20||15||Ximena Huilipán, Enikő Mihalik, Özge Ulusoy|||
|November 8, 2003||Denisa Dvoncova||Slovakia||1988-4-30||15||Charlott Cordes, Karina Rivero, Hanna Verboom|||
|December 2, 2004||Sofie Oosterwaal||Netherlands||1990-7-17||14||Vanessa Ceruti, Danijela Dimitrovska, Michaela Hlaváčková
|November 5, 2005||Charlotte Di Calypso||France||1990-12-9||14||Unknown|||
|February 10, 2006||Denisa Dvořáková||Czech Republic||1989-5-28||17||Constance Jablonski, Manasvi Mamgai, Sigrid Agren
Zivanna Letisha Siregar
|April 21, 2007||Jennifer Messelier||France||1991-4-23||16||Tamar Shedania, Adama Diallo, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen
Hana Jirickova, Juana Burga Cervera, Noelia López, Rolene Strauss, Ymre Stiekema
|November 1, 2008||Louise Maselis||Belgium||1993-3-28||15||Fei Fei Sun, Cora Emmanuel, Josefina Cisternas|||
|October 18, 2009||Julia Saner||Switzerland||1992-2-19||17||Caterina Ravaglia, Emily Smith, Ming Xi
Nyasha Matonhodze, Simona Andrejic
|October 10, 2010||Karolina Tolkachova||Ukraine||1992-2-18||18||Erjona Ala, Hou Meng Die, Lucette van Beek
|December 6, 2011||Julia Schneider||Sweden||1996-1-1||15||Amra Cerkezovic, Josephine Le Tutour, Li Xiao Xing
Lieve Dannau, Pauline Hoarau, Lieke van Houten
|December 1, 2012||Marilhéa Peillard||France||1994-11||18||Manuela Frey, Ysaunny Brito, Trinidad de la Noi, Alecia Morais|||
|November 27, 2013||Eva Klimkova||Czech Republic||Unknown||16||Anita Zet, Viktoria Machajdik|||
|December 2, 2014||Barbora Podzimkova ♀||Czech Republic||Unknown||15||Unknown|||
|James Richard Parker ♂||Italy||Unknown||18|||
- No event was held in 1984.
Participating nations and regions
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- St. Maarten
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- Ivory Coast
- Republic of the Congo
- South Africa
- Elite Model Look Chile
- Elite Model Look India
- Elite Model Look Serbia
- Elite Model Management
- Ford Models Supermodel of the World
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- "Success stories Gisele Bündchen". elitemodellook.com.
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- "Elite New Model (2012) Cast & Details". TV Guide.
- "Elite New Face - A hulu original". Hulu.
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- "Contest application". Elitemodellook.com/uk.
- "2014 Finalists". Elite model look.
- "Campaign Video 2014 - Elite Model Look". YouTube.
- "Elite Model Look - Run The World". Run The World. 6 Jun 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
- "Choose your country". Elitemodellook.com.
- "Participate in the most prestigious international model contest". Elitemodellook.com.
- "The 2011 Models". Elitemodellook.com.