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Bermudians set their sights on winning ‘Top Model’ in London

The winner of this year's Top Model competition will receive two airline tickets for travel from England to Bermuda, it was announced yesterday.

The announcement came during a joint press conference held by the Department of Tourism and Daisy's.

The women's clothing store is sponsoring four Bermudian models now vying to win the international event; the Department of Tourism will sponsor the winner's airline tickets here.

The London competition was won by Bermudian Deandra Brangman last year.

Said acting Tourism director Stacey Evans: “We try to do many things to promote our youth, and these young women are shining examples.”

Daisy's owner Dawn Zuill said she felt the young models could help put Bermuda on the map.

“The Ministry of Tourism recognises that fashion is more than just beautiful clothes and beautiful people. It's an opportunity to highlight our young people,” she said.

“That's my goal. To put us out there. We are a little tiny dot that isn't always even put on the map, but we can compete.”

Mrs Zuill noted the incredible success Bermuda's models have had so far Julia Lines, Joann Nichols, Katie Arnfield and Miss Brangman participated in London's Fashion Week in September.

Miss Brangman, Miss Arnfield and Miss Lines were among just five models from that event invited back to take part in a second Fashion Week in the UK capital last month. Now Miss Arnfield and Miss Lines are looking forward to taking part in this year's Top Model contest.

Miss Arnfield said: “I'm really excited about going to London. I never thought a year ago that I would get this far.”

Miss Lines added: “Before the fashion show, I had never thought to do anything like this. It has been such a great opportunity.

“I'm excited to go an represent Bermuda and I hope I do a good job at it.”

Bermudians Kalena Astwood and Sophie Fraser-Smith are also hoping to win 2012 Top Model, which takes place next week.

Miss Astwood said she is excited to take part in the international competition.

“It's been an amazing experience, more than anything I could have ever imagined,” she said, referring to taking part Fashion Week. And of the prospect of participating in the Top Model contest, she said: “I cannot wait to see what it's like.”

(Photo by Mark Tatem) Looking to win: Stacey Evans, acting Director for the Bermuda Department of Tourism, with Bermudian models, Julia Lines, Kalena Astwood, Sophie Fraser-Smith, and Catherine Arnfield, and Daisy's owner Dawn Zuill. The four models will be amongst the competitors in next week's Top Model contest in London.

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Published March 08, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated March 08, 2012 at 8:58 am)

Bermudians set their sights on winning ‘Top Model’ in London

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