Australia's Next Top Model (cycle 4)

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Australia's Next Top Model (cycle 4)
Australia's Next Top Model Cycle 4.png
Cycle 4 contestants
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 11
Original network Fox8
Original release

22 April (2008-04-22) – 1 July 2008 (2008-07-01)

Additional information
No. of contestants 13
Winner Demelza Reveley
Cycle chronology
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Cycle 5
Series summary

The fourth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model premiered on 22 April 2008 on Fox8. Auditions were held during October and November 2007 across Australia. Host Jodhi Meares returned for the fourth series along with judges Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson, while Jez Smith left the show due to scheduling commitments. Two different guest judges were included at panel every week.[1] The contestants were housed in an $8 million waterfront mansion, located in the southern Sydney suburb of Port Hacking, which the contestants moved into on 25 January 2008.[2]

The prizes for this cycle included a one-year modelling contract with Priscilla's Model Management in Sydney, an all expenses paid trip to New York City to meet with top international agencies, a Ford Fiesta Zetec, a one-year contract to be the face of Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, and an eight-page fashion spread in Vogue Australia.[3]

The winner of the competition was 16-year-old Demelza Reveley from Wollongong, New South Wales.



(Ages stated are at start of contest)

Contestant Age Height Hometown Finish Place
Kamila Markowska 17 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Adelaide Episode 1 13
Kristy Coulcher 19 179 cm (5 ft 10 12 in) Sydney Episode 2 12
Emma O’Sullivan 17 182 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Pottsville Episode 3 11
Belinda Hodge 17 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Ballan Episode 4 10
Alamela Rowan 17 174 cm (5 ft 8 12 in) Byron Bay Episode 5 9
Leiden Kronemberger 18 182 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Sydney Episode 6 8–7
Jamie Lee 21 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Adelaide
Rebecca Jobson 18 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Wollongong Episode 7 6
Alyce Crawford 17 171 cm (5 ft 7 12 in) Kiama Episode 8 5
Caris Eves 19 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Inglewood Episode 9 4
Samantha Downie 20 176 cm (5 ft 9 12 in) Rowville Episode 10 3
Alexandra Girdwood 19 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Sydney Episode 11 2
Demelza Reveley 16 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Wollongong 1


  • Jodhi Meares
  • Charlotte Dawson
  • Alex Perry

Other cast members[edit]

  • Jonathan Pease – style director, model mentor


No. in
Title Original air date
29 1 "Are You Model Material?" 22 April 2008 (2008-04-22)

The final thirteen faced off in groups before the judges to make a good first impression. After a swimsuit photo shoot in a studio, the models moved into the model mansion. For the challenge, the girls had to portray various characters for the show's promotional launch, and the best performer was granted immunity from elimination. The contestants were later introduced to Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements, and were shot in a group for Australian Vogue.

  • Special guests: Fabrizio Lipari, Travis Conneeley, Kirstie Clements, Priscilla Leighton-Clarke, Jason Capobianco, Victoria Collison
  • Featured photographer: Jason Capobianco
30 2 "Transformation - from Girls to Models" 29 April 2008 (2008-04-29)

The models received makeovers and prepared for a runway show onboard HMAS Melbourne in front of an audience of sailors to win a shopping spree valued at $11,000. They later had a beauty shoot for Napoleon Perdis cosmetics in which they were splashed with a mist of water.

  • Special guests: Hamish Glianos, Steven Hughes, Jordan Loukas, Stephanie Hart, Napoleon Perdis, Trelise Cooper
  • Featured photographer: Jackie Mieling
31 3 "Fears & Fitness" 6 May 2008 (2008-05-06)

The contestants met Olympic champion and fashion designer Ian Thorpe for a fitness session, before facing their phobias in a standing parade for Rexona. The winners of the challenge were rewarded with a trip to the David Jones fashion show, and were given the chance to meet Megan Gale after her final catwalk appearance. At the shoot, the models had to scale a wall 30 feet in the air wearing Mary-Kyri shoes.

  • Special guests: Ian Thorpe, Emma Hutton, Sarah Ford, Collette Dinnigan, Kirrily Johnson, Melissa Hoyer, Megan Gale, Mary Kyri, Peter Morrissey
  • Featured photographer: Simon Upton
32 4 "Reality Bites" 13 May 2008 (2008-05-13)

The models met Mink Sadowsky and industry stylist Trevor Stones for a runway lesson. Back at the house, several of the contestants began to antagonize Alamela. After a round of go sees overseen by Jodhi Meares and Priscilla Leighton-Clarke, some of the models were rewarded with a photo shoot for Body and Soul magazine. Conflict escalated between Alamela and the winners of the challenge, which later came to a head after a lookbook shoot for Alex Perry. At panel, the judges discussed the distasteful behaviour taking place in the model house.

  • Special guests: Mink Sadowsky, Trevor Stones, Priscilla Leighton-Clarke, Bowie Wong, Marnie Skillings, Nicola Finetti, Laura Gorun
  • Featured photographer: Georges Antoni
33 5 "Working the Brand" 20 May 2008 (2008-05-20)

Before the start of the episode, Jodhi Meares spoke to the viewers about the aspects of bullying and the behaviour from the previous episode. After an apology from Demelza to Alamela, the models met Jonathan Pease at Naked Communications for a role-playing exercise in which they had to understand the concepts and values of different fashion brands. They later had a photo shoot for Ford Fiesta in which they had to embody different personas in groups. After receiving packages from their loved ones, the winners of the challenge were flown to Brisbane for a Myer fashion parade and lunch. The last task of the week involved starring in a commercial for U by Kotex's controversial "love your beaver" campaign.

  • Special guests: Adam Ferrier, Vanessa Briese, Zoe Carr, Kate Meyer, Peter Morissey
  • Featured photographer: Marvin Joseph
  • Featured director: Monty Noble
34 6 "Move Your Body" 27 May 2008 (2008-05-27)

The models took part in dancing lessons, and later paraded to The Potbelleez playing live for a Levi's promotion. The winners of the challenge were given the chance to star in a music video with Seany B. For the photo shoot the contestants had to pose with a male model for Peter Alexander's line of sleepwear.

  • Special guests: Juliette Verne, Kane Bonke, Leah Howard, Seany B, Matt Taylor, Mark Simpson, Targa Sahyoun, Peter Alexander
  • Featured photographer: Juli Balla
35 7 "Tropical Top Model" 3 June 2008 (2008-06-03)

The final 6 travelled to the islands of Fiji to visit Nadi, and had a runway show on the aisle of the airplane. Upon arriving to Fiji, the contestants had a photo shoot challenge at the resort - the winner of which was rewarded with a day at the spa with a friend while the losers cleaned the villa. For the main photo shoot, the models were photographed by Russell James wearing Tigerlily swimwear.

  • Special guest: Gail Elliott
  • Featured photographers: Chris Ferguson, Russell James
36 8 "Fashion Wars" 10 June 2008 (2008-06-10)

Jodhi Meares and Brazilian stylist Fernando Frisoni met the models for a styling lesson before sending them off to meet Vogue editor Kristie Clements to fine-tune their newfound knowledge. They later had a styling and fashion challenge which involved creating outfits for different occasions and matching garnments to their appropriate designer. The winners of the challenge were treated to a day out at Gold Coast with fashion designer Wayne Cooper before heading off to a Fashion Award ceremony. For the photo shoot, the models arrived at Tamarama Beach to shoot for Oyster magazine.

  • Special Guests: Fernando Frisoni, Kirstie Clements, Kate Waterhouse, Wayne Cooper, Rachael Squires, Grant Pearce
  • Featured photographer: Bec Parsons
37 9 "Media Manners" 17 June 2008 (2008-06-17)

The models were taught about dealing with media and paparazzi during a mock red carpet challenge in which they were interviewed by Ian Thorpe and Charlotte Dawson. They later had an interview challenge with the journalists of real newspapers and magazines. The winner was invited to a Puma launch party with a friend while the losers served finger-food, before taking part in a radio interview for Nova. At the photo shoot, the models wore eclectic designs created by students at Sydney TAFE Ultimo College.

  • Special Guests: Merrick and Rosso, Kate Ritchie, Tim Ross, Alex Needs, Fiona Byrne, Ian Thorpe, Shelly Horton, Shane Sutton
  • Featured photographer: Paul Westlake
38 10 "New York, New York" 24 June 2008 (2008-06-24)

The final three were flown to New York City, and attended castings for Marilyn, MC2 Model Management and Elite Model Management. They later participated in a fashion show for Malan Breton, where last years winner Alice Burdeu made an appearance to offer her advice to the models. For the final photo shoot, the contestants were made up by Napoleon Perdis and stylist Bryan Marryshow for a stylish editorial session with a taxi in the streets of New York. Back in Australia, the judges selected the final two.

  • Special guests: Kwok Chan, Greg Francis, Jean Luc Brunel, Roman Young, Neal Hamil, Malan Breton, Alice Burdeu, Napoleon Perdis, Bryan Marryshow, Grant Pearce
  • Featured photographer: Antoine Verglas
39 11 "And Australia's Next Top Model is..." 1 July 2008 (2008-07-01)

The live finale was broadcast from Luna Park Sydney, with Charlotte Dawson acting as the finale's host. The show reunited the eliminated contestants, and the final two were interviewed by the judges and fashion experts regarding their plans and moments on the show. Later, the final two girls were shown going to castings for Australian Fashion Week. After some feedback and a runway show with all of the contestants, the judges had one last look at the finalists' bodies of work. Brian McFadden performed his new single "Twisted", and the judges began to cast their votes. On a telecast from Paris, cycle 3 winner Alice Burdeu the revealed that the winner of the competition was Demelza.

  • Special guests: Brian McFadden, Kirstie Clements, Napoleon Perdis, Priscilla Leighton-Clarke


Order Episodes
1 2[a] 3 4 5 6 7[b] 8 9 10 11
1 Alyce Rebecca Caris Samantha Jamie Caris Demelza Samantha Demelza Alexandra Demelza
2 Demelza Alexandra Alamela Caris Samantha Demelza Samantha Alexandra Samantha Demelza Alexandra
3 Alamela Emma Alexandra Alamela Caris Samantha Caris Demelza Alexandra Samantha
4 Caris Samantha Rebecca Alyce Alexandra Alexandra Alexandra Caris Caris
5 Leiden Caris Jamie Alexandra Leiden Rebecca Alyce Alyce
6 Belinda Jamie Alyce Demelza Demelza Alyce Rebecca
7 Alexandra Alyce Demelza Leiden Rebecca Jamie
8 Kristy Leiden Samantha Jamie Alyce
9 Jamie Alamela Belinda Rebecca Alamela
10 Rebecca Demelza Leiden Belinda
11 Samantha Belinda Emma
12 Emma Kristy
13 Kamila
     The contestant was immune from elimination
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant won the competition


This series created some controversy in regards to in-house bullying.[4] The fourth episode, "Reality Bites", showed contestant Alamela Rowan being bullied by Demelza Reveley, Rebecca Jobson and Alyce Crawford, with Reveley and Jobson in particular causing Rowan to become visibly upset.[5] In the episode Reveley was heard saying to the camera "the Bitchketeers are back". Reveley proceeded to pour and throw water balloons at Rowan in a bid to get her to "open up" because she "just didn't get her". Another contestant, Alexandra Girdwood said in the episode that ironically, Reveley had changed schools several times because she herself had been a victim of bullying.[6][7] Reveley, Jobson and Crawford also caused issues for fellow contestants Alexandra Girdwood, Belinda Hodge, and Caris Eves.

Reveley, Crawford, and Jobson were christened the "Dapto Dogs" by judge Charlotte Dawson during the judging panel following the incident. Samantha Downie and Jamie Lee, other contestants who were also involved in the bullying, were not reprimanded by the judges. Belinda Hodge, who was the contestant eliminated that episode, had defended Rowan on several occasions and was later praised by numerous media outlets for not "jumping the bandwagon" and bullying Rowan.[8] After the episode aired there was an immediate media backlash in regard to the limited response toward the contestants involved in the bullying. It was stated by leading Australian Psychologist Michael Carr Gregg that the show did not properly handle the behavior of Reveley and the other contestants.[9] It was also alleged that Fox8 downplayed the events with reports that in addition to the attacks that were televised, Reveley put condoms filled with mayonnaise in Rowan's bed and chili in her breakfast cereal.[10][11][12]

At the beginning of the following episode, "Working the Brand", host Jodhi Meares appeared in a message to viewers before the start of the episode explaining that the events of the previous week were examples of natural teenage behavior and the team behind Australia's Next Top Model did not support nor condone the behavior.[13] Reveley apologized to Rowan on camera, but also stated in a confessional that the incident had been "blown out of proportion". Rowan was ultimately eliminated that same episode. As a consequence of the bullying, numerous forums and media outlets decided they would not support Reveley if she was chosen as one of the final two.[14][15][16][17][18]

More controversy took place after the airing of the finale when Reveley was announced as the winner of Australias Next Top Model.[19] Some viewers felt frustrated at the show's "glorification of a bully."[20][21][22]


  1. ^ In episode 1, Alyce won immunity from elimination after winning the reward challenge.
  2. ^ Episode 6 featured a double elimination with the bottom three contestants being in danger of elimination.


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  4. ^ "I was bullied on Australia's Next Top Model", Girlfriend Magazine, August 2008
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  6. ^ E. Okeefe, Vogue snubs top model winner Demelza, Brisbane Bulletin, 13 July 2008
  7. ^ "S04E04 -When the bullied becomes the bully". 
  8. ^ "'Living hell' of Australia's Next Top Model's house". 15 May 2008. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. 
  9. ^ M. Carr Gregg, Bullying model a disgrace, 14 July 2008
  10. ^ National Radio, Top Model Australia Lost the Plot, 21 December 2008
  11. ^ Nine News, Alamela's father lashes out, 30 June 2008
  12. ^ Herald Sun, Australia's Next Top Model not in Vogue for us, 2 July 2008
  13. ^ Jodie Mears, episode five introduction, Australia's Next Top Model
  14. ^ Demelza Reveley Won’t Get Vogue Cover Archived 7 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
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  16. ^ Australia's Next Top Model :: Forum - View topic - Bullying Thugs= Australias Next Top Model[permanent dead link]
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  18. ^ YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
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  20. ^ Australia's Next Top Model :: Forum - Index page Archived 25 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  22. ^ "Bullying victim Alamela holds her head high". The Daily Telegraph. 21 May 2008. Archived from the original on 21 August 2009. 

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