Tyra Bank's model search show is rumored to be headed to New Zealand and may even be filming already. The episode is said to be The Runway Challenge and the contestants will be strutting their stuff with models from '62 Models', presumably wearing some local designer offerings (please...no more pheasant wings)
New Zealand's Next Top Model was ran by the owner of '62 Model Management' Sara Tetro. Let's hope Tyra's version of the show escapes the some of the comments that plagued NZ's one and only offering of her incredibly successful franchise.
The winner, 16 year old Christobell Grierson-Ryrie - the daughter of former model and prominent Auckland businesswoman Josephine Grierson gave an interview in which she endearingly spilled the beans on the tensions within the house. She also revealed that the girls "didn't eat properly" (so unusual for models?!) and that the show wasn't edited properly: "Sometimes it was like, okay, it wasn't actually like that. I swear they cut little bitchy faces in (to the show) and put them in after comments where they actually weren't."
The show showcased New Zealand fashion, accents and irritable vowel syndrome to the rest of the country and firmly placed the talented co-judge Colin Mathura-Jeffree in the nation's collective heart. Colin, co-incidently, is said to be represented by Sara Tetro. The third judge, Chris Sisarich, is an ex model and photographer who was also signed with Tetro's agency.
It's not known whether Tourism NZ had anything to do with Bank's visit, perhaps after the "Loosest slot machines in the Pacific Rim" quip on The Late Show, they're keeping their heads down for a while?
12 December: Tyra walks amongst us.
The fierce queen of the runway reality show was subsequently spotted in various locations around New Zealand including Sky City (payout status of its slot machines unknown) and Queenstown. Shortly afterwards Ms Banks announced her decision to give up her TV work, the two events are probably not connected.
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