Elite Model Look

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

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 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, Ujjwala Raut and Manasvi Mamgai.[2]

Gisele Bündchen competed in the world final of Elite Model Look in 1994, where she made the top 15 but ultimately did not win.[3]

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.[4] Online, a web television documentary titled Elite New Face premiered on Hulu on November 19, 2012.[5] 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.[6]

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 14/15 and 22/24 years, and meet minimum height requirement of 1.72 meters, or 5'8". Males are required to be between the ages of 16 and 24/28 years, and meet a minimum height requirement of 1.82 meters, or 6'0".[7][8] Until 2014, Males were only allowed to participate national finals, with females competing in the world final.[9]

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 [1]
August 27, 1985 Frederique van der Wal  Netherlands 1967-8-30 17 Unknown [2]
September 1986 Maria Lindkvist  Sweden Unknown Unknown Karen Mulder [3]
September 1987 Debbie Chin  United States Unknown Unknown Unknown [4]
September 15, 1988 Kelley Browne  United States Unknown Unknown Kate Fischer, Catherine McCord [5]
September 4, 1989 Ines Sastre  Spain 1973-11-21 15 Natasha Henstridge [6] [7]
September 12, 1990 Wendy Veldhuis  Netherlands 1971-8-26 19 Georgina Grenville, Ingrid Vandebosch [8]
September 4, 1991 Ingrid Seynhaeve  Belgium 1973-6-28 18 Kate Dillon Levin [9] [10]
September 15, 1992 Mariann Molski  United States 1976-9-24 15 Diane Kruger, Eugenia Silva, Oxana Zubakova [11]
September 11, 1993 Heidi Albertsen  Denmark 1976-9-1 17 Inés Rivero, Ashley Scott [12] [13]
September 4, 1994 Natalia Semanova  Russia 1979-10-1 14 Gisele Bündchen, Esther Cañadas, Kristanna Loken Kerry Bohm [14]
August 20, 1995 Sandra Wagner   Switzerland 1978-1-1 17 Emma B, Eihi Shiina, Tracy Trinita [15]
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 [16]
September 16, 1997 Yfke Sturm  Netherlands 1981-11-19 15 Franziska Knuppe, Juliana Martins, Viera Schottertova, Nataša Vojnović [17]
September 17, 1998 Alina Puscau  Romania 1982-4-7 16 Mara Darmousli, Tatiana Kovylina, Mia Rosing, Sandra Seifert [18]
September 11, 1999 Vika Sementsova  Ukraine 1985-7-2 14 Karishma Modi, Kate Nauta, Raica Oliveira, Lara Stone [19] [20]
September 9, 2000 Linda Vojtová  Czech Republic 1985-6-22 15 Alena Martanovicova, Arantxa Santamaria [21]
September 8, 2001 Rianne ten Haken  Netherlands 1986-5-7 15 Emina Cunmulaj, Tracy Ip, Dayana Mendoza, Renata Ruiz [22]
September 7, 2002 Ana Mihajlovic  Serbia and Montenegro 1987-5-20 15 Ximena Huilipán, Enikő Mihalik, Özge Ulusoy [23]
November 8, 2003 Denisa Dvoncova  Slovakia 1988-4-30 15 May Akerman, Charlott Cordes, Karina Rivero, Hanna Verboom [24]
December 2, 2004 Sofie Oosterwaal  Netherlands 1990-7-17 14 Vanessa Ceruti, Danijela Dimitrovska, Michaela Hlaváčková, Michaela Kocianova [25]
November 5, 2005 Charlotte Di Calypso  France 1990-12-9 14 Unknown [26]
February 10, 2006 Denisa Dvořáková  Czech Republic 1989-5-28 17 Constance Jablonski, Manasvi Mamgai, Sigrid Agren, Zivanna Letisha Siregar [27]
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 [28]
November 1, 2008 Louise Maselis  Belgium 1993-3-28 15 Fei Fei Sun, Cora Emmanuel, Josefina Cisternas [29]
October 18, 2009 Julia Saner (de)   Switzerland 1992-2-19 17 Caterina Ravaglia, Emily Smith, Ming Xi, Nyasha Matonhodze, Simona Andrejic [30] [31]
October 10, 2010 Karolina Tolkachova  Ukraine 1992-2-18 18 Erjona Ala, Hou Meng Die, Lucette van Beek, Roberta Narciso [32]
December 6, 2011 Julia Schneider  Sweden 1996-1-1 15 Amra Cerkezovic, Joséphine Le Tutour, Li Xiao Xing, Lieve Dannau, Pauline Hoarau, Lieke van Houten [33]
December 1, 2012 Marilhéa Peillard (fr)  France 1994-11 18 Manuela Frey (de), Ysaunny Brito, Trinidad de la Noi, Alecia Morais [34]
November 27, 2013 Eva Klimkova  Czech Republic Unknown 16 Anita Zet, Barbora Kolarikova, May Bell, Ruth Bell, Eva Klimkova, Viktoria Machajdik, Amilna Estevão, Estelle Chen [35]
December 2, 2014[10][11] Barbora Podzimkova ♀  Czech Republic Unknown 15 Greta Varlese, Irina Djuranovic, Mayowa Nicholas, Barbora Podzimkova [36]
James Richard Parker ♂  Italy Unknown 18 [37]
November 23, 2015 Anouk Thijssen ♀  Holland Unknown 15 Unknown [38]
Tristan Tymen ♂  France Unknown 20 [39]
  • No event was held in 1984.

Participating nations and regions[edit]

The following is a list of countries or regions that have participated in the Elite Model Look contest[12][13][14]


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