Thousands of hopefuls auditioned to get their 15 minutes of fame but only 14 got the chance to shine and wow the judges and fashion insiders. The models have also had numerous encounters with potential future clients, and these people will make or break careers.
We have watched the NZ top model girls every week, through the ups and the downs, the eliminations , the growth and the triumphs and tribulations. Now it has finally come down to the wire.
We have seen the models sell themselves literally in the streets as one competition asked of them. We have seen the models lay in a pool of mud and look good, not an easy task for most. And wrestle with a grumpy elephant on the shores of a Thailand beach.
Each week one of our girls has her dreams crushed and is sent packing. Some eliminations good, some very very bad. Some had me thinking they had made the wrong decision over and over again. Lara should not have gone that week in Thailand, Dakota definitely deserved to go, and the crocodile tears were so fake it made me cringe.
But there is no denying that Dakota, 18 from Christ Church has made this year’s NZ next top model journey all the more interesting to watch. Starting with her admitting she was going to turn to the entertainment industry, because she was so desperate for money. Or her continual defensive attacks on girls or the infamous butt joke about poor Lara. I have got to say Dakota you definetly spiced the show up.
As the three models left know, now is the time to shine. They cannot afford any mistakes in this part of the competition because that will be their ticket out the door. As they would have learnt from the recent departure of Courtney a hot favorite for the title from the start.
In the end there will be one. Three contenders are left, from thousands. They have battled it out each week and shown us they have the goods to be in the top spots as models in NZ and internationally. They have given us beautiful photo shoots, strutted their stuff on the cat walk and shown us that they can hold their own in front of future clients such as top NZ designers and in the public.
And then there was three. Danielle Hayes Maori girl from Kawerau, who entered the competition at the last minute because her friend dared her too. Who is from the town known for its high teenage pregnancy rate in NZ, and didnt really take herself or the competition very seriuosly in the start.
Elza Jenkins the tall and fiery red head twinnie with the biggest and kindest heart in the world.
And lastly African born Michela Steenkamp, the youngest girl left in the competition. Who has also been praised for her awesome bod, but often has been criticised from the judges for not being versatile in her face.
Who will make the final cut? Danielle has been voted by the public as the favorite to win.Who do you think will win?
This week is d day, judges Sara Tetro, Chris Sisarich and Colin Mathura-Jeffree will name one of the trio the winner of the all mighty title, as well as a modelling contract, meetings with bigwigs in New York, and a car.
“Throughout this second cycle there has been heated debate amongst the judges over each and every elimination,” Tetro says.
“Choosing a winner is a big responsibility, and one we take incredibly seriously. For the girl it’s life-changing, and for Colin, Chris and I, it’s the culmination of weeks of training, behind-the-scenes support, expert advice and lots and lots of lively debate.”
When, where, what?
What: Final of New Zealand’s Next Top Model
When: 7.30pm, Friday
To check out photos and watch videos about NZ next top model follow this link: NZNTM