Final 12 battle it out to rule the catwalk

THESE are the 12 young women who will do battle to become Ireland’s next supermodel.

The search was launched back in September by model scout Fiona Ellis.

It seems that her search was ultimately successful, with the women set to strut their stuff on RTÉ’s latest reality show The Model Agent, which kicks off next Monday.

Director of new faces at London agency Independent Models, Ellis is credited with discovering supermodel Erin O’Connor, who will act as a mentor to the hopefuls throughout the show.

Each week the contestants will go through a rigorous judging process until one winner walks away with the top prize, which includes a contract with Independent Models and a cover shoot for Image magazine.

Ellis, who has been in the fashion industry for more than 20 years, has caused quite a bit of controversy during the much publicised search.

She reportedly bemoaned the lack of suitable model material in Ireland.

Ellis also made thinly veiled criticisms of some of the so-called ‘Irish Model’ set, labelling the likes of Sarah Kavanagh and Pippa O’Connor as “very commercial, pretty, blonde girls”.

Four rounds of interviews took place in Galway, Cork, Galway and Belfast.

Irish men were entitled to enter the contest but judging from the final 12, it seems, Ellis was even less impressed by what Ireland’s men had to offer in the modelling stakes.

The show is made by Sideline, the makers of one of RTÉ’s most recent reality programmes, Hollywood Trials.

Paddy Power is already up and running with some interesting punts.

Offaly hopeful Sharon Touhey is 3/1 favourite to win the show, closely followed by 18-year-old Killarney native Sadbh Moore at 4/1. Coming in third is Cork teenager Jennifer Foley.

For some even more outrageous bets, Paddy Power is offering 10/1 on the winner dating Olympic hero Kenny Egan, 40/1 on the winner dating Kate Moss’s ex Peter Doherty and 100/1 on the winner to throw a mobile phone at the judges in the final.

lThe Model Agent will run for six weeks and will kick off on RTÉ Two next Monday at 10.25pm.


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