Australia’s Next Top Model

Original Supermodel and fashion superstar Linda Evangelista and is confirmed to arrive in Australia next week to mentor and judge the remaining contestants on Australia’s Next Top Model.

Host Jennifer Hawkins said: “The judges that Top Model have secured so far this season have been of such a high calibre and now we can claim Linda Evangelista as our next guest! She’s an icon in the modelling industry and a personal favourite of mine – I’m so excited to have her on the show, our girls are going to learn so much from her.”

After shooting for the late Gianni Versace in 1987 who referred to her as his only muse, Linda starred in fashion campaigns for Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani, Thierry Mugler, Donna Karan and Jean Paul Gaultier to name just a few.

She also appeared on the covers of every international fashion magazine including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Elle, Time, Interview, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and many more.

Following on from her unprecedented popularity in the late eighties/early nineties she became one of five models that the US media referred to as Supermodels and shot to such massive fame that they were known simply by their first names. Continue reading »

Iconic French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier is the latest in a slew of international celebrity judges signing up for a guest spot on Foxtel’s hottest flagship reality series –Australia’s Next Top Model.

The highly celebrated and influential designer is set to appear in one of the most anticipated episodes of the series that will feature treasured designs from his fashion archives, flown in especially for the show from his atelier in Paris.

His critically acclaimed fashion retrospective which has been touring the globe will be on show at The National Gallery of Victoria from October 17-February 8, the only Australian venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.

The exhibition is organised around seven themes tracing his influences, passions and obsessions from the streets of Paris and London to his impact on world cinema. Featuring more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances, details on the exhibition are available at

Jean Paul said: “I am really looking forward to meeting the girls and seeing how they respond to modelling my designs. It’s important to me that they bring their own personality to the garments. Continue reading »

Fashion television superstar Kelly Osbourne is the next big name who will arrive in Australia next week for Foxtel to be a special guest judge on series nine of Australia’s Next Top Model.

The red carpet commentator has made headlines around the world for her outlandish and brutally honest critiques of celebrity fashion and will join series host Jennifer Hawkins and judge Alex Perry for the next model elimination on the series. Continue reading »

Foxtel announced today, for the first time in the history of the Next Top Model franchise anywhere in the world, contestants will be given a second chance at becoming Australia’s Next Top Model through posting a selfie on Instagram, Twitter or straight to the Australia’s Next Top Model Facebook page.

Host Jennifer Hawkins said, “Last season our social media campaign ‘Australia’s Next Top Selfie’ was massive. We collected tens of thousands of entries and the winner received their own full page in Cosmopolitan magazine. This year we wanted to shake it up a bit and give the selfie concept a real twist. And what better way to do it than by giving one girl the chance to enter the competition simply by posting her hottest selfie.

“It’s really exciting that no matter where you are in Australia, or what circumstances may have prevented you from auditioning the first time around, there’s still an opportunity to enter and really win.”Australia's_Next_Top_Model_Logo Continue reading »

Australia's_Next_Top_Model_LogoFinally. The ninth season of Australia’s Next Top Model is about to get underway with auditions starting at the end of the month.

Foxtel announced today FOX8’s flagship series Australia’s Next Top Model will launch a national audition tour beginning Thursday July 31 signalling the start of production on the ninth season of the modelling reality competition.

The first audition event will see host Jennifer Hawkins return to her hometown of Newcastle in New South Wales to begin the search for contestants for the new series. Continue reading »

The Times reports that 25 year old Peaches Geldof, who was rumoured to be taking up a role in the next series of Australia’s Next Top Model, died of a heroin overdose. Continue reading »

charlotte_dawsonMore than 200,000 signatories have now been added to the petition for tougher cyber bullying legislation as part of the memorial to the late television and media personality Charlotte Dawson who took her own life back in February.

The petition for Charlotte’s Law states

We ask that the Australian and State Governments introduce cyber-bullying laws to tackle serious online abuse – not just for kids, but for adults too. The police also need the resources to be able to enforce them, and act against those who relentlessly harass others online.

To sign the petition, click here.

Former Australia’s Next Top Model runner-up, Cassi van den Dungen is making headlines again after hitting out at those criticising her “stick figure” by posting this image on Instagram:

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Last week it emerged that Peaches Geldof was set to join Australia’s Next Top Model prior to her own death on April 7.  In an interview that was only recently published, Geldof had hinted at the potential job in Australia saying she couldn’t disclose what the job was but that she’d be there for three months.

Fairfax understands Geldof was not considered a replacement for Charlotte Dawson, who was a model mentor as well as a judge on the program. Dawson quit her role with the series in January.

Shortly after Geldof gave the interview to The Sunday Times, however, plans for the ninth series of Top Model were delayed until later this year.

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I must say I’ve been looking forward to Fox8′s new modelling reality series The Face Australia which begins tonight at 9pm.  How could you go wrong with three beautiful models as mentors, including supermodel Naomi Campbell.

To be honest though, watching the season premiere was a little disappointing. Continue reading »