Saturday, July 21, 2007

Rebecca Named Canada's Next Top Model

Rebecca — a 22-year-old factory worker from Mannheim, Ont. — has been deemed “fabulous, fierce and ready for the world” after being crowned Canada’s Next Top Model.

The catfights and tears came to an end Wednesday night.

Ten aspiring models from across Canada endured two months of model boot camp and harsh criticism from judges Jeanne Becker of FT: Fashion Television, Canadian supermodel Yasmin Warsame, celebrity photographer Paul Alexander and, of course, the host with the most style, Jay Manuel.

In the season finale of Canada’s Next Top Model, the four remaining fashionista wannabes — Rebecca, Sinead, Tara and Tia — competed one last time for Top Model supremacy.

In a photo shoot for Cover Girl, Rebecca surprised everyone, including herself, by channelling “her inner femininity” to turn out a fresh-faced, gorgeous photo as did front-runner Sinead. Tia and Tara both struggled in the final photo shoot, leaving Sinead and Rebecca to face off on the catwalk.

Rebecca, the off-beat, redheaded underdog and Sinead, the quiet favourite strutted their stuff in a Victorian-style fashion show before facing the judges one last time.

“This has been a long journey for both of you, and for one of you it ends here. And for the other one, this is just the beginning,” said Jay Manuel in the final judging session, adding: “You’ve both worked so hard and we are proud of you, but there’s only room for one of you.”

And that one girl now has a modelling contract with Sutherland Models, an editorial spread in Fashion magazine and a $100,000 contract with P&G Beauty. Rebecca’s Cover Girl photo will also appear as an ad in a national magazine.

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