The event was held at London’s Hilton Metropole where 44 models from around the world competed to win the prestigious title of World’s Top Model.
TOP MODEL is the premier UK and international professional model search competition and each year aims to raise thousands of pounds for a selected charity.
The event has been running for 5 years and for 2014 their chosen charity was Children with Cancer UK. Donations from the public vote category go directly to the charity and this year the competition raised over £14,000 – smashing previous records.
While the focus may have been expected to be on the models, supporting charity is at the heart of the event, and this was made clear at every opportunity so that the competition itself had a very relaxed vibe.
The show was opened by opera singer Celena Bridge who treated the audience to a stunning classical performance. We were then introduced to the shows judging panel which included former Top Model Worldwide winner Tarmar Awibotu.
The audience were further entertained by singer Nathalie Miranda who belted out a string of musical hits, while the judges deliberated over who would be crowned the 2014 Top Model Worldwide.
Several specific awards were given out to the contestants, before the runners up and winner were announced.
Skin Award – Josefine S from Sweden
Beach Award – Nirelda A from South Africa
Personal Style Award – Lonah S from Zambia
Public Vote Award – Emilija B from Australia
Forth Place – Josefine S from Sweden
Third Place – Gift M from Nigeria
Second Place – Hannah M from New Zealand
Top Model Worldwide 2014 Winner
Nirelda Andreka from New Zealand
The shows director Geoff Cox and his team put on an amazing show and all the finalists strutted their stuff with grace and panache. Huge congratulations go to all the girls who participated, in particular Joanna (!) and I personally had a wonderful time attending an event that was ultimately held for such a worthy charitable cause.