Abbey Clancy returns to where it all all began next week as she takes the head judge role on the tenth series of Britain’s Next Top Model, which is back for the first time since 2013.
The 29-year-old mother-of-two, who recently featured in LOVE Magazine’s Advent campaign, was runner up on the show in 2006. Now Clancy will decide the fate of the 15 hopefuls battling to see if they have what it takes to become Britain’s next runway star.
On the show, Clancy is joined by fashion journalist Hilary Alexander, model Paul Sculfor – who has dated Lisa Snowden, Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz – and photographer Nicky Johnston, the resident bad-guy judge.
Cue weeks of sweat, tears, cutting remarks and obscure tasks to decide who wins a professional modelling contract.
But as the class of 2016 prepare to see if they have what it takes to become Britain’s Next Top Model, we ask: is it all worth it? Here’s what happened to the shows previous winners to find out.
The reigning champ for three years is Surrey-born Lauren Lambert. Since her win, 26-year-old Lambert has featured in campaigns for Revlon and TRESemmé, as well as the cover of Company.
Letitia Herod was pursuing a career as a doctor before the show. When she won, the then 19-year-old said she hoped to help change attitudes in the industry after enduring comments on her “curvy” figure during the show’s 13 weeks. It seems to have worked, as she’s since been on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar as well as doing work for Miss Selfridge, Revlon, Joy and TRESemmé.
Stoke-born stunner Jade Thompson worked as an insurance advisor before being spotted by previous head judge Elle McPherson and co. Since then she’s been the face of Clothes Show Live in 2013 as modelling for Levi’s, Schwarzkopf and Miss Selfridge. In the show, Thompson faced solid competition, with runner-up Justė Juozapaitytė also finishing second on Russia’s Next Top Model and third-placed Imogen Heaver modelling for Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY.
British-Maltese Tiffany Pisani was the youngest contestant on the 2010 series, beating off stiff competition in Joy McClaren, who went on to work for Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Baby-G. Pisani went on to do a range of high-fashion runway work, as well as campaigns for Schwarzkopf, before starting a swimwear brand under her own name.
Mecia Simson went from sandwich shop worker to win in 2009 and subsequently featured in campaigns for the likes of Max Factor, VV Brown and ASOS. The Plymouth-born model also starred as Olly Murs’ love interest in the video for Oh My Goodness. Fortunately the song did better than Murs’ attempts at reading an autocue, peaking at No 13.
Surrey-born Alexandra Evans went on to feature in campaigns for Lynx as well as appear in the video for Charlie Simpson’s Down Down Down, before he ran back to Busted. However, the pinnacle of Evans’ modelling career came when she appeared as a rapping farmer on a TV advert for Yeo Valley. Evans has now relocated to LA to pursue a career in acting – she soon stars in London Fields, alongside Cara Delevingne and Amber Heard.
Essex-born Lauren McAvoy has appeared in campaigns for BaByliss, Nivea and Tommy Hilfiger as well the music video for The Wanted’s Glad You Came. Her career highlight has to be appearing on Top Gear, testing the effects of wind on hair in a new Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
Then 18-year-old Lianna Fowler beat Abbey Clancy to the title in 2006. She subsequently went on to appear in British and Russian editions of Vogue as well as campaigns for Swatch, American Apparel, Levi’s and Marc Jacobs. Despite this, and work with cult photographer Rankin, Clancy ended up the bigger name of the two after she hooked up with Peter Crouch.
The inaugural winner of Britain’s Next Top Model went on to work for Ruby & Millie Cosmetics, Michael Kors and Elie Saab. Lucy Ratcliffe also appeared on the cover of Red, Cosmopolitan and Country House. In 2007, Ratcliffe switched her homeland of North Tyneside for LA, signing with Profile Model Management under the name Lucy Berry. She has since quit modelling and opened her own fashion boutique in London.
Britain And Ireland’s Next Top Model airs at 9pm on January 14, on Lifetime.
Loaded reporter Robert McCallum has written for many leading culture magazines and websites about music, sport, science, politics, fashion and arts. Follow Robert at @therobmccallum