Many of you have been waiting eagerly for the footage of the our Model Competition – and here it is!
Even set agaist the backdrop of the incredible Monastery venue in Gorton, Manchester, the star quality of all our finalists really shines through.
Well done ladies – what a great day it was! And congratulations again to our winner, Abi Hill.
After all the morning’s activities, our twenty four gorgeous ladies walked for the judges, giving it their fiercest and most fabulous strut down the runway. Tyra Banks would have be proud! We know we were.
The judges thought long and hard about who should be in the final five, agonised in fact – there was seriously stiff competition for those coveted five places in the final. But they finally reached their decision… and they decided there should be seven!
The seven finalists are, from left to right (after our Wendy!): Sophie, Kay, Abi Hill, Sharlene, Stephanie, Grace and Ema Goudge.
The ladies then walked once more for the judges and were interviewed to make sure they’ve got that Simply Be spirit!
The judges deliberated once more – and they had found their winner!
And our winner is… Abi Hill!
Congrats to Abi and all our gorgeous finalists! We had such a wonderful day and would like to thank you all so much.
There is so much going on here at the Simply Be Model Competition Final I don’t quite know where to start!
We’re here in the fabulous Monastery venue in Gorton, Manchester. Everywhere is beautifully lit with candles and down the centre of the great hall is a crisp, white runway. And at the end of the runway… the judges table.
For the morning, the girls have been split into groups. They’re all having catwalk tips from our very own runway diva extraordinaire, Alix Walker to learn how to strut their stuff.
They’re having their hair and make-up done, to make them even more gorgeous (if that’s possible) and will be dressed and styled in the very latest Simply Be clothing by our team of stylists.
We’ve also got a suitably glamorous ‘Confession Room’ set up so that the girls can come and talk to the cameras about their experience so far.
The girls are all having their photos taken to start off their modelling portfolios, and Simply Be model Wendy is on hand to share some top modelling tips!
After lunch there’ll be a full catwalk starring all the girls – and then it will be a very tough time for the judges, as they’ll have to select just five finalists from our gorgeous 24.
The final five will be announced at 5pm so watch this space! Remember you can follow us on Twitter for live updates throughout the day.
We’re all getting very excited here in the Simply Be office – because tomorrow it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, our Model Competition final!
The judges are certainly going to have a very tough decision on their hands that’s for sure!
Who will be the new face of Simply Be?
We kept everybody waiting, and whole new Facebook friendships were formed during the tense wait for the announcement – but on Friday we finally revealed our 25 ladies who will participating in our plus size model competition final.
With 750 gorgeous entrants to choose from, picking our finalists was a near-impossible task, but after much careful consideration, we got there in the end. Our finalists are:
The ladies will be heading to Manchester for the final, where they’ll strut their stuff for our panel of judges. And they don’t just have to walk the walk – they have to talk the talk too, because we want a woman who will embody the Simply Be spirit as well as look fab.
We’d like to sincerely thank all those that entered – we wish we could have chosen all of you.
And well done to the finalists – watch this space for coverage of the final event! Who knows who will be the next to model for Simply Be alongside the likes of Candice, Justine and Wendy?
If you’re lucky enough to get a face-to-face interview with a modelling agency or client firstly – well done! You’ve done fantastically to get that far in such a competitive industry. But for such an important meeting the big question is – what on earth do you wear? Follow our tips and we’ll help you to get it right.
Although you’re out to impress and you obviously want to show your fashion credentials, an interview is not the time to be showcasing the statement pieces from your wardrobe. Your interviewer will be trying to imagine how you will look in their collection so it’s better to keep it really simple – neat and contemporary, but fairly plain. Casting agents will want to see your figure so go for form-fitting clothing. Skinny jeans and a close-fitting vest or T-shirt is perfect.
Depending on the nature of the casting, you may be asked to walk for the client. This means you need to be able to show that you can walk in heels, so they’re the natural footwear choice. They’ll also make you look taller and more confident for that initial first impression. Plain black or nude court shoes are perfect.
You may be asked to try on any kind of garment, so make sure your underwear doesn’t let you down. A smooth nude bra and matching briefs are essential. We’d recommend wearing or taking with you a strapless or multiway bra so that you’re ready for any kind of outfit. Make sure you’re wearing the right size so that your bust is well supported and you have a lovely silhouette.
Hair & Make Up
Much along the same lines as your clothing, you need to keep your hair and make-up simple. A casting agent will want to look at you as a blank canvas for whatever style they have in mind. Keep make up natural looking and not too heavy on the foundation so that they can see how good your skin is. Wear your hair down or scraped back neatly.
So there are our tips! It’s not about wowing them with what you wear – it’s about wowing them with your personality and modelling skills, so let that shine through.
If you want to make it in the modelling industry, having good skin is something that will definitely stand you in good stead. Clients ideally look for models that won’t require excessive make-up or re-touching so having great skin makes things easier for them. Some people seem naturally blessed with fab skin, and unfortunately it’s not the kind of thing you can just change overnight. But there are lots of things you can do to help. Here are our top tips:
Project your skin from sun damage
One of the most aging things you can do is go on a sun bed so make sure you steer clear. A good sunscreen used on a daily basis or a moisturiser with SPF will help protect your skin from day to day exposure to the sun.
Getting the right nutrients will work wonders for your skin. Healthy skin needs vitamins A, C, E, B2 and K. If you have a good mix of fruit and vegetables in your diet (try and get your 5 a day) plus proteins like lean meat and eggs you will no doubt have all the bases covered. Dark, leafy greens are particularly good for you. Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E and make great snacks if you get peckish during the day.
It’s not just for vitamins that you need your fruit and veg – they’re also full of fibre. Eating more fibre will speed up your digestive system, which will get toxins out of your body more quickly. Other ways to increase your fibre intake include brown rice and whole grain or high bran cereals – try switching your usual bread/rice/pasta for the brown or wholegrain alternative.
Your diet will also need plenty of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) such as omega 3. Oily fish and flaxseed is great for omega 3; alternatively you could try taking a supplement such as like cod liver oil.
Drink lots of water
Drinking plenty of water aids digestion and will leave you feeling less sluggish. Herbal tea and fruit juice is also good for you in moderation but try and avoid tea and coffee, alcohol and sugary drinks. Where possible of course – nobody’s perfect!
Doing a little bit of exercise as often as you can is a great way to boost your metabolism and digestion. Keep at it and it will soon start showing in your skin. The best exercise to do is cardiovascular activity that gets your heart pumping a little faster. Simply doing more walking is a great place to start.
Good skincare regime
The secret to a good skincare routine is to first identify what type of skin you have; dry, oily, combination or sensitive, and then stick to the kind of products that suit it best. Don’t use harsh toners if you have dry or sensitive skin. Try not to overload your skin with too many products, keep a simple repertoire of products. Always moisturise after you shower, always take your make-up off before you go to bed and exfoliate about once a week.
Remember, it can take up to 6 weeks for the benefits to start showing on your skin, so keep at it. The better your skin looks, the less make-up you’ll need to wear, which in turn will make your skin even better!