Supermodels Niki Taylor and Tyson Beckford Host "Make Me A Supermodel"
May 12, 2008 News Releases
Premiering Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 on Citytv ---------------------------------------------- TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Supermodels Niki Taylor and Tyson Beckford host "Make Me A Supermodel" premiering Wednesday, May 21, 2008 on Citytv. Based on the successful UK series, 24 beautiful men and women will compete for a chance to launch their modeling career.Broadcast Schedule is as follows: --------------------------------- Citytv Toronto Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 8:00pm ET Citytv Winnipeg Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 8:00pm CT Citytv Calgary Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 8:00pm MT Citytv Edmonton Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 8:00pm MT Citytv Vancouver Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 8:00pm PTDuring the 12-week run of the series, the 'hopefuls' will live together in a New York City loft and explore friendships, romance and ambition, while undergoing a series of creative challenges designed to test their professional modeling potential. In the first episode, the "Casting Special", 35 applicants from across the USA are brought to New York and compete in a series of challenges that ultimately narrows the field from 35, to 24, and then down to the final 14. This series will explore what it takes to turn the exceptionally good-looking into the king or queen of the catwalk. The models hopefuls will compete for $100,000.00, a feature spread in GQ Magazine and a contract with New York Model Management. Hosts ----- Niki Taylor, one of the most successful international models of all time, began her modeling career at the age of 14 and captured the heart of America with her sun-inspired beauty. With over 400 magazine covers worldwide to her credit, she was famously featured in "Vogue" magazine as a teenager, making her the youngest model to ever appear on their cover. Currently working as a business entrepreneur and designer, Taylor has broadened her professional career while balancing her role as a mother. She recently opened Abbie & Jesse's, her own clothing boutique, and formed "begin Enterprises" along with the "begin Foundation" for the Advancement of Women in Business. Tyson Beckford is one of the most respected and well-known male supermodels in the world. His modeling career exploded when he appeared in the Fall 1994 Polo Sport campaign. He soon landed an exclusive multi-year contract with Ralph Lauren and served as the spokesmodel for Polo Sport and Polo Fragrances. Beckford has appeared on covers and in countless editorials for a variety of magazines worldwide. Beckford's film credits include "Into the Blue," "Zoolander," "Biker Boyz" and the upcoming films "Hotel California" and "Kings of the Evening." He has starred in a number of music videos including 50 Cent's chart topping "21 Questions," and the Grammy Award-winning songs "Toxic" by Britney Spears and "Unbreak My Heart" by Toni Braxton. When he is not modeling or acting, Beckford is busy developing his motor sports interests, which led him to host his own auto show. Judging Panel ------------- Jennifer Starr is the premier print casting agent in America. Her 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, President 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. The Participants of "Make Me a Supermodel" are: ----------------------------------------------- Angelica Age: 18 Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill. Aryn Age: 20 Hometown: Lowndesboro, Ala. Ashlie Age: 20 Hometown: Lexington, Ky. Ben Age: 22 Hometown: Nashville, Tenn. Brandon Age: 24 Hometown: Dowagiac, Mich. Casey Age: 19 Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. Dominic Age: 25 Hometown: Orange County, Calif. Frankie Age: 20 Hometown: Miami, Fla. Holly Age: 21 Hometown: Coeburn, Va. Igor Age: 21 Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Jacki Age: 21 Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio Jay Age: 22 Hometown: Roswell, Ga. Jathniel Age: 23 Hometown: Tampa, Fla. Josiah Age: 23 Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark. Karol Age: 20 Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Kate Age: 18 Hometown: New York, N.Y. Katy Age: 21 Hometown: Auburn, Ala. Lee Age: 19 Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Perry Age: 22 Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. Ronnie Age: 24 Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Sarah Age: 20 Hometown: Miami, Fla. Shannon Age: 22 Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Stephanie Age: 21 Hometown: Plano, Texas Steph Age: 18 Hometown: Clinton, Wis. Tune in to "Make Me a Supermodel" when it premieres Wednesday, May 21, 2008, on Citytv. "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. Citytv, with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, broadcasts intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television in its own unique, interactive style. With its strong local voice, Citytv offers a distinct alternative to other conventional television offerings. Its instantly recognizable 'look' and 'sound' are the product of refreshingly different on-air personalities, unique program formats and high television style. Citytv is a division of Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. Editors: Artwork is available at www.citytv.com/media -----------------------------------------------------