Could Emma be the Next Top Model?


A high flying career in fashion beckons for a Heckmondwikewoman who is to appear on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model.

Emma Ward, 20, beat thousands of other girls to get one of 28 places in the Top Model Boot Camp.

The judges, model Elle Macpherson, singer Dannii Minogue and model and actor Tyson Beckford, will choose 14 aspiring models they think have the most potential.

The girls then battle it out to win the Top Model title as well as a contract with modelling agency Models 1, a front page cover with Company magazine, modelling work for make-up brand Revlon and haircare brand TRESemmé, and a shopping spree to New York.

Call centre worker Emma says she has dreamed of being a model since she was 13.

She lists Mango and Zara as her favourite shops, Roberto Cavalli as her favourite designer and Daphne Groeneveld as her favourite model.

Her dream photo shoot would be in the Arctic, and she is fearful of anything involving cockroaches or creepy crawlies.

She previously applied to go on the show but was told by one of the judges she was too nervous, and to apply again.

During the show, the girls will take on challenges from underwater shoots, nude shoots and a high fashion gymnastics challenge.

Every week the judges will eliminate one girl until only the winner remains.

A record number of aspiring models applied to this year’s series, with judges holding auditions in17 cities across the country.

Thousands of entrants were whittled down to the top 28. Contestants include a former Miss Ireland, a hostess at London nightclub the Box – and a girl from Batley, Saffron Williams. The show starts on Thursday at 9pm on Sky Living HD, when viewers will be able to find out whether Emma gets through to the final 14.