BRAVO REVEALS THE 14 FINALISTS ON "MAKE ME A SUPERMODEL," PREMIERING ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 AT 10 PM ET/PT
The Winning Model Will Be Featured in GQ Magazine
Prominent Casting Director Jennifer Starr And Modeling Agent Cory Bautista Announced As Judges
NEW YORK � January 3, 2008 � Today, Bravo revealed the 14 beautiful and talented men and women chosen for the new reality competition series "Make Me A Supermodel." In a first for the network, the 14 finalists will compete every week and in a public vote, America will decide which models will remain to vie for the $100,000 prize and a modeling contract with New York Model Management. The winning male or female model will also be featured in a fashion pictorial in GQ, the leading men's general-interest magazine published by Cond� Nast Publications. Based on the successful UK series, "Make Me A Supermodel" is hosted by supermodels Tyson Beckford and Niki Taylor and is scheduled to premiere on Bravo, Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Jennifer Starr, the most prominent print fashion casting director in the country, and Cory Bautista, Agency Director of New York Model Management, will serve along with Beckford and Taylor as judges for the series.
To meet the cast of "Make Me A Supermodel," visit www.BravoTV.com. Photography and bios are available at www.nbcumv.com. Following are the 14 models competing on the series:
- Aryn Livingston � 20, Lownesboro, Ala.
- Ben DiChiara � 22, Nashville, Tenn.
- Casey Skinner � 19, Atlanta, Ga.
- Dominic Prietto � 25, Orange County, Calif.
- Frankie Godoy � 20, Miami, Fla.
- Holly Kiser � 21, Coeburn, Va.
- Jacki Hydock � 21, Cleveland, Ohio
- Jay McGee � 22, Roswell, Ga.
- Katy Caswell � 21, Auburn, Ala.
- Perry Ullmann � 22, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Ronnie Kroell � 24, Chicago, Ill.
- Sarah Swartz � 20, Miami, Fla.
- Shannon Pallay � 22, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Stephanie Bulger � 21, Plano, Texas
Jennifer Starr is the premier print casting agent in America, whose work and direction has influenced the fashion industry for over 15 years. She has cast a variety of celebrity print campaigns with actors that include Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank for Calvin Klein, Katherine Heigl for Samsung, and Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lopez for Pirelli. In addition, Starr has cast runway shows for some of today's top designers including Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez and Marc Jacobs, among others. She has launched the careers of some of the world's most successful models including Travis Fimmel (Calvin Klein), Filippa Hamilton (Ralph Lauren), Jamie Burke (Calvin Klein), and actor and former model Tom Welling ("Smallville"), who she spotted in Nantucket while casting a Tommy Hilfiger campaign and suggested that he try modeling. Starr began her career working with award-winning photographer Bruce Weber and for five years cast all of his campaigns. In 1997 at the request of noted photographer Richard Avedon, she searched the globe for the most beautiful faces and bodies in the world for the critically praised 1997 Pirelli "Women of the World" calendar. Since then she has cast all subsequent eleven Pirelli Calendars to great acclaim. She has collaborated with the most illustrious fashion photographers in the industry, including Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Steven Meisel and Mario Testino on iconic advertising campaigns for Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci and the Gap, to name a select few.
Cory Bautista, Director of New York Model Management, has been working in the fashion industry for almost two decades. He served as the Director of Ford Models Miami and then transitioned to Ford New York, where he worked with the agency's prestigious Image Division, representing major names in the business such as Naomi Campbell, Ines Sastre, Kristen McMenamy and Christy Turlington. In 1995, he worked with Company Management, where he handled models Rhea Durham, Shanna Shank and Jaime Rishar. After Company, Bautista moved on to Karin Models, both in their Paris and New York offices, where he managed noted models Ines Rivero, Estelle Warren and Estelle Holliday. In 1998, he joined New York Models and currently represents some of modeling's biggest names including Valeria Mazza, Elle Macpherson and Sarah O'Hare Murdoch to name a few.
During the run of the series, Bravo viewers will vote each week to determine who stays to walk the "Supermodel" catwalk again and who goes home. Viewers will be able to vote to save their favorite model by phone, text message or online at www.BravoTV.com. Over a 12-week period, 14 hopefuls will live together in New York City and explore friendships, romance and naked ambition while undergoing a series of creative challenges designed to test their professional modeling potential. This series will explore what it takes to turn the exceptionally good-looking into the king or queen of the catwalk.
"Make Me A Supermodel" is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, a division of IMG Media. Lisa Perrin, Andrew Zein and Jamie Munro are executive producers.
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