Elite Model Look

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Elite Model Look
Elite model look logo.jpg
Genre Model search competition
Frequency Annually
Inaugurated 1983
Website Website

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.[1] Contestants, typically between the ages of 14 and 22, compete in local contests for a chance to represent their country in the world final.

Notable past contestants include Laurie Holden, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Dayana Mendoza, Melania Trump, Olga Kurylenko, Diane Kruger, Esther Cañadas, Fernanda Tavares, Frederique van der Wal, Ruby Christine Martin, Gisele Bündchen, Inés Rivero, Isabeli Fontana, Kate Dillon Levin, Lara Stone, Juana Burga, Petra Němcová, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz, Ujjwala Raut, Manasvi Mamgai, Azra Akin, Miriam Odemba, Rolene Strauss, Valentina Zelyaeva and Josefina Cisternas.[2]

Gisele Bündchen competed in the world final of Elite Model Look in 1994, where she made the Top 6 but ultimately did not win.[3]

From 1996 to 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.[4][5][6][7] Online, a web television documentary titled Elite New Face premiered on Hulu on November 19, 2012.[8] 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.[9]

The contest[edit]

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."[1]

Female contestants are required to be between the ages of 14 and 22 years, and meet minimum height requirement of 1.72 meters, or 5'8". Males are required to be between the ages of 14 and 22 years, and meet a minimum height requirement of 1.88 meters, or 6'2".[10][11] Until 2014, Males were only allowed to participate national finals, with females competing in the world final.[12]

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.

Titleholders[edit]

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, Hunter Reno [1]
August 27, 1985 Frederique van der Wal  Netherlands 1967-8-30 17 Laurie Holden - (Canada nationals).[13] [2]
September 15, 1986 Maria Lindkvist  Sweden 1972-1-30[14] 14 Karen Mulder [3]
September 4, 1987 Debbie Chin  United States 1969-8-26 18 Helena Christensen [4]
September 15, 1988 Kelley Browne  United States 1973 15 Philippa Lett, Kate Fischer, Catherine McCord, Michele Chalupka, Maria Patricia Betita - (Philippines finals)[15] [5]
September 4, 1989 Inés Sastre  Spain 1973-11-21 15 Natasha Henstridge [6] [7]
September 12, 1990 Wendy Veldhuis  Netherlands 1971-8-26 19 Georgina Grenville, Ivana Miličević, Lauren Santo Domingo, Ingrid Vandebosch, Yulia Lemigova - (USSR castings) [8]
September 4, 1991 Ingrid Seynhaeve  Belgium 1973-6-28 18 Jennipher Rodriguez, Kate Dillon Levin, Yvonne Voni Delfos, Tamara Sedmak, Natasha Stefanenko - (USSR finals) [9] [10]
September 15, 1992 Mariann Molski  United States 1976-9-24 15 Ruffa Gutierrez, Diane Krüger, Marta Cecchetto, Oxana Zubakova, Eugenia Silva, Nieves Álvarez, Aline Wermelinger, Amit Machtinger, Lee So-ra, Melania Trump - (Slovenia finals) [11]
September 11, 1993 Heidi Albertsen  Denmark 1976-9-1 17 Tatiana Zavialova, Inés Rivero, Ashley Scott, Inna Zobova - (Russia finals) [12] [13]
September 4, 1994 Natalia Semanova  Russia 1979-10-1 14 Gisele Bündchen, Esther Cañadas, Kristanna Loken, Sheetal Mallar, Kerry Bohm, Tatiana Nikiforova, Fabiana Saba Elenoire Casalegno, Sandra Maidana. [14]
August 20, 1995 Sandra Wagner   Switzerland 1978-1-1 17 Irina Bondarenko, Emma B, Eihi Shiina, Lee Sun-Jin, Tracy Trinita, Carolina Magalhães, Joseane Oliveira, Isabelle Darras, Zoya Sakr, Tamara Henriksen, Alessandra Ambrosio - (Brazil finals), Caroline Ribeiro - (Brazil finals) [15]
September 7, 1996 Diana Kovalchuk  Ukraine 1982-2-23 14 Ana Beatriz Barros, Isabeli Fontana, Katia Zygouli, Michelle Alves, Nina Morić, Petra Němcová, Ujjwala Raut, Nataša Vojnović, Jill McCormick, Olga Otrokhova, Kristina Rostad, Tarina Young, Lauren Bowles, Olga Kurylenko - (Russia nationals),[16] Anna Azarova - (Russia nationals)[17] [16]
September 16, 1997 Yfke Sturm  Netherlands 1981-11-19 15 Franziska Knuppe, Juliana Martins, Viera Schottertova, Sedef Avci, Soraia Chaves, Elizabeth Perfoll [17]
September 17, 1998 Alina Puscau  Romania 1982-4-7 16 Azra Akin, Mara Darmousli, Tatiana Kovylina, Mia Rosing, Linda Nývltová, Sandra Seifert, Ksenia Agafonova, Miranda Slabber - (Netherlands finals).[18] [18]
September 11, 1999 Vika Sementsova  Ukraine 1985-7-2 14 Miriam Odemba, Karishma Modi, Kate Nauta, Raica Oliveira, Lara Stone, Gamze Özçelik, Paloma Moreno, Marie-José Hnein, Maria del Mar Rosario, Margaret Ann Bayot - (Philippines finals)[19], Victoria Lopyreva - (Russia regionals) [19] [20]
September 9, 2000 Linda Vojtová  Czech Republic 1985-6-22 15 Lourdes Arévalos, Alena Martanovicova, Arantxa Santamaria, Renata Klem, Joana Santos, Eszter Tóth, Dinna Olivia, Desirée Pallotta, Valentina Zelyaeva - (Russia nationals). [21]
September 8, 2001 Rianne ten Haken  Netherlands 1986-5-7 15 Dayana Mendoza, Renata Ruiz, Emina Cunmulaj, Tracy Ip, Schynaider Moura, Femke Lakenmann, Bonny Bige Chen, Olga Elnikova, Irina Shadrina, Valentina Zelyaeva - (Russia nationals), Milana Keller - (Russia finals).[16] [22]
September 7, 2002 Ana Mihajlovic  Serbia and Montenegro 1987-5-20 15 Kenza Fourati, Ximena Huilipán, Enikő Mihalik, Ingrid Kelly, Tuğçe Kazaz, Dafne Molina - (Mexico finals). [23]
November 8, 2003 Denisa Dvončová  Slovakia 1988-4-30 15 May Akerman, Charlott Cordes, Chiara Baschetti, Karina Rivero, Paula Verhoeven, Hanna Verboom, Rojane Fradique, May J - (Japan Finals).[24] [25]
December 2, 2004 Sofie Oosterwaal  Netherlands 1990-7-17 14 Carolina Morán, Sofia Bruscoli, Vanessa Ceruti, Danijela Dimitrovska, Michaela Hlaváčková, Michaela Kocianova, Emma Ahlund, Inna Serpukhovitina, Svetlana Sergienko, Ria Bolivar, Jessica Amornkuldilok - (Thailand finals). [26]
November 5, 2005 Charlotte Di Calypso  France 1990-12-9 14 Julia "Juju" Ivanyuk, Johanna Jonsson, Alba Riquelme, Hoàng Ngọc, Malena Costa Sjögren - (Spain finals), Helen Nicolette Henson - (Philippines finals). [27]
February 10, 2007 Denisa Dvořáková  Czech Republic 1989-5-28 17 Constance Jablonski, Mirka Michlíková, Ronja Furrer, Ioana Boitor, Manasvi Mamgai, Sigrid Agren, Zivanna Letisha Siregar, Arlenis Sosa - (Dominican Republic finals), Natasha Domínguez - (Venezuela nationals). [28]
April 21, 2008 Jennifer Messelier  France 1991-4-23 16 Rolene Strauss, Tamar Shedania, Adama Diallo, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Hana Jiříčková, Juana Burga Cervera, Noelia López, Ymre Stiekema, Edsa Ramírez, Kristy Agapiou, Sofia Rudieva - (Russia nationals). [29]
November 1, 2008 Louise Maselis  Belgium 1993-3-28 15 Fei Fei Sun, Cora Emmanuel, Josefina Cisternas, Cynthia de la Vega, Jessica Duarte, Angela Ruiz - (Venezuela finals). [30]
October 18, 2009 Julia Saner   Switzerland 1992-2-19 17 Caterina Ravaglia, Emily Smith, Ming Xi, Nyasha Matonhodze, Simona Andrejic, Caterina Ravaglia - (Italy finals), Livia Rangel - (Mexico finals) [31] [32]
October 10, 2010 Karolina Tolkachova  Ukraine 1992-2-18 18 Erjona Ala, Hou Meng Die, Lucette van Beek, Roberta Narciso, Maria Borges - (Angola finals), Camille Cerf - (France nationals),[20] Dulcita Lieggi - (Dominican Republic finals). [33]
December 6, 2011 Julia Schneider  Sweden 1996-1-1 15 Lenka Hanakova, Lieve Dannau, Amra Cerkezovic, Lera Kvasovka, Joséphine Le Tutour, Li Xiao Xing, Pauline Hoarau, Lieke van Houten, Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Lan, Dhio Moreno - (Dominican Republic finals) [34]
December 1, 2012 Marilhéa Léa Peillard  France 1994-11-16 18 Trinidad de la Noi, Manuela Frey, Ysaunny Brito, Alecia Morais, Diana Croce, Cassandra Chery, Daniela Álvarez - (Mexico finals), Vittoria Ceretti - (Italy finals) [35]
November 27, 2013 Eva Klímková  Czech Republic 1997-10-12 16 Amilna Estevão, Estelle Chen, Anita Zet, Viktoria Machajdik, Sunniva Halkjelsvik, Barbora Kolarikova, May Bell, Cassandra Chery, Eden Bristowe, Luba Hryniv, Anastasia Kostenko - (Russia castings) [36]
December 2, 2014[21][22] Barbora Podzimková  Czech Republic 1999-9-9 15 Laura Strantz, Alexandra Micu, Selma Hadziosmanovic, Greta Varlese, María Romina Trotto Morales, Awa Sanoko, Vijaya Sharma, Irina Đuranović, Mayowa Nicholas, Alena Lyashenko [37]
James Richard Parker ♂  Italy 1995-12-6 18 Serge Rigvava, Raphael Hatt, Jeong Woo Kim, Josef Utekal, Eduard Michalko, Aitor Andueza [38]
November 23, 2015 Anouk Thijssen ♀  Netherlands 2000-7-4 15 Chiara Leone, Aneta Měšťanová, Charlotte Corn, Matilde Rastelli, Annabella Bihari, Léia Matagne, María Almenta [39]
Tristan Tymen ♂  France 1995-8-21 20 Kristian Černík, Hsu Chen, Angelo Amirante, Benjamin Aston [40]
November 23, 2016 Jana Tvrdikova ♀  Czech Republic 2000-12-20 15 Katya Bybina, Cosima Lagae, Zara Bicha, Alina Dementieva, Amanda Denis, Holly Magson
Davidson Obennebo ♂  Nigeria 1996-3-17 20 Etienne Robert, Gideon Yendell [41]
November 29, 2017 Valeria Chenskaya ♀  Russia 2002-9-6 15
Antonio Freitas ♂  Brazil Unknown 17 [23]
  • No event was held in 1984 or 2006.

Participating nations and regions[edit]

The following is a list of countries or regions that have participated in the Elite Model Look contest[24][25][26]

Hosts[edit]

Year Hosts
1988 George Hamilton
1993 Ingrid Seynhaeve
1996 Ines Rivero
1998 Valeria Mazza
1999 Ingrid Seynhaeve
2001 Chantal Bolivar
2003 Ashley Scott
2007 Chantal Bolivar
2011 Nikki Reed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The best known international modeling contest". Elitemodelworld.com. 
  2. ^ "Elite Model Look - Success Stories". Elitemodellook.com. 
  3. ^ "Success stories Gisele Bündchen". elitemodellook.com. 
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oybdoaKzrbg
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQHuIPnt6hQ
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Uz9eHoDPw&t=66s
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9QNCpU2d0Q
  8. ^ "Elite New Model (2012) Cast & Details". TV Guide. 
  9. ^ "Elite New Face - A hulu original". Hulu. 
  10. ^ "Now accepting applications to the 2013 elite model look contest". Elitemodellook.com. 
  11. ^ "Contest application". Elitemodellook.com/uk. 
  12. ^ "2014 Finalists". Elite model look. 
  13. ^ Holden, Laurie. "Look of the year; Laurie Holden wandered into the Eaton Centre and wondered what all the commotion was about". gettyimages.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  14. ^ https://fantasmassolitarios.wordpress.com/tag/elite-model/
  15. ^ http://www.oocities.org/zekezoeh/links_lookoftheyearph.html
  16. ^ a b http://vsenashimiss.blogspot.com/2014/09/elite-model-look.html
  17. ^ http://vsenashimiss.blogspot.com/2014/09/blog-post.html
  18. ^ http://misshollandnow.com/elite-model-look-1998-wendy/
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20020602150044/http://elite.newgen.net.ph:80/models/17.html
  20. ^ http://les--miss--france.skyrock.com/3240719245-Camille-Cerf-Mannequin-Elite-Model-Look.html
  21. ^ "Campaign Video 2014 - Elite Model Look". YouTube. 
  22. ^ "Elite Model Look - Run The World". Run The World. 6 Jun 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Valeria Chenskaya e Antonio Freitas sono i vincitori di Elite Model Look 2017". vogue.it. Italo Pantano. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  24. ^ "Choose your country". Elitemodellook.com. 
  25. ^ "Participate in the most prestigious international model contest". Elitemodellook.com. 
  26. ^ "The 2011 Models". Elitemodellook.com. 

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