If you happen to walk about Cape Town near CTICC and find yourself in the middle of an ocean of beautiful young ladies, don’t question whether or not you are awake. You are in the presence of a dream of many hopefuls to become the next supermodel. For the first time the internationally acclaimed reality series Top Model is sunbathing on the shores of Cape Town!
Face of Africa and Victoria’s Secret Angel sensation Oluchi Orlandi was joined by Jermaine Craig, the communication manager at SA Tourism, Thebe Ikalafeng, on the board of SA Tourism, and Maria Arrington, the scouting director and producer for American Top Model, to share details about what the contestants and viewers can expect. Orlandi has been very passionate about this project and after three years she obtained the rights. Now the platform for local beauty will be paved.
But to be the next Top Model it takes more than the physical requirements. They aren’t just looking for a pretty face. Ultimately they look at character. Pretty faces come and go, but true supermodels are the ones with that x-factor, that unique essence that makes her memorable and enchanting. With Cape Town being a tourism hot spot, the contestants will be lucky to experience all the different activities, both luxurious and adrenalin pumping, putting them through many ‘tests’. Naturally the ones with passion, spank, good sense of humour and creativity will blossom.
“South Africa has great vibrant cosmopolitan cities, breathtaking scenery and warm people. We cannot wait to start filming the series in August in Cape Town. I am very happy to bring Africa’s Next Top Model to South Africa. I’m honoured to be part of the successful franchise; Africa’s own version of America’s Next Top Model was definitely overdue. I’ve been to South Africa many times and I’m sure this is the best location for the show,” said Oluchi Orlandi.
Africa’s Next Top Model will search the continent for the top 12 contenders who will compete for a contract with DNA Models and the title of our very first Africa’s Next Top Model. During this period the ladies will receive expert training with regards to physical fitness, fashion, runway skills and publicity, all of which will be captured by the cameras for our viewing pleasure.
Like previous seasons of Next Top Model, hopefuls will be appearing in front of a panel of judges, all experts in their respected fields, to help narrow down the contestants on a weekly basis. Orlandi takes the lead as host and executive producer of Africa’s Next Top Model.
“We are proud and delighted to be the host destination of this, the first and historic season of Africa’s Next Top Model. We are honoured to share our destination with the continent and showcase our beautiful, friendly, affordable and accessible destination. We invite the continent to come to South Africa to Live the Beautiful Life,” echoed Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer at South African Tourism.
Applicants between the ages of 18-27 from across the continent can audition. If they can’t attend the auditions at the set locations, they can email their pictures and entry forms to [email protected] or [email protected]. This way everyone gets a fair chance. The requirements are that all ladies must be a minimum height of 170cm (5’7″) and not be contracted with an existing modelling agency.
Arrington, although very excited for the season, admitted that she will struggle to select the lucky ones, as there are so many beautiful women in Africa. Undoubtedly so! But that is the reality of this cut-throat industry. The show will be aired on M-Net’s AfricaMagic channels later this year.
If you think you could be Africa’s Next Top Model of are just keen to be amongst beauty listed below are the scouting dates and venues:
Mozambique (Maputo) at Polana Serena Hotel on the 6th of July 2013.
South Africa (Johannesburg) at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 9th of July 2013.
Kenya (Nairobi) at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on the 14th of July 2013.
Ghana (Accra) at the Accra Mall on the 20th of July 2013.
Nigeria (Lagos) at the Federal Palace on the 23rd of July 2013.
Angola (Luanda) at the Talatona Convention Hotel on the 28th of July 2013.
South Africa (Cape Town) at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) on the 1st of August 2013.