Antiguan vies for Caribbean’s Next Top Model

Aspiring model and Caribbean’s Next Top Model contestant Xiea Hull (photograph by Visual Echo Studios).

Starting February 18, 23 beauties from around the region will take part in the first season of Caribbean’s Next Top Model.

Antigua’s very own Xiea Hull will be representing the nation in the highly-anticipated television show, hosted by Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad and Tobago.

As all of the contestants signed non-disclosure agreements, Xiea could not reveal any details about the filming of the show.

Here’s what we do know: the show is affiliated with the Tyra Banks America’s Next Top Model brand; Caribbean’s Next Top Model, which was shot in Trinidad & Tobago and will run for 11 episodes; it will be aired on WSEE TV in Puerto Rico, One Caribbean Television and CaribVision (CTV’s channel 451) during primetime on Mondays, with repeat airings on Saturdays.

The show will be judged by Fitzwilliam (dubbed “the face”) as well as international photographer Pedro Virgil (the eye), and Richard Young (the mind).

Special guest appearances will be made by stylist and fashion pundit Freddie Leiba, music producer Bryce Wilson, international photographer Matthew Jordan-Smith, fashion designer Claudia Pegus, reigning Soca Monarch Machel Montano, and Factor Model Management’s Bridget Halanski.

Nineteen-year-old Xiea, who has been modelling for the past three years, discovered her passion while spending her summer break at a pool in Jolly Harbour Resort.

While going through some pictures she took with friends many of them told her how well she photographed.

“They even went as far as to say that some of the pictures that I took could rival any one of Sports Illustrated swim suit cover. I just laughed it off and didn’t pay too much attention,” she said.

Shortly after, while walking in St John’s she was approached by one of the island’s top fashion designers who inquired if she was a model and then offered her a job in a fashion show.

“That was when the desire began taking real root,” Xiea commented.

The model, who is managed by Conmia Model Management outside of Antigua and her mother when at home, is not shy about her ultimate career goal which includes snagging the prestigious title of Victoria’s Secret Angel.

“They are very professional,” she said. “The standards the models have to maintain are high, and they are respected in the modelling industry as well as being role models for millions of girls and young adults worldwide.”

Xiea believes her body type is best suited to the lingerie and bathing suits worn by Victoria’s Secret models.

“Most persons, in other areas, look for models who have more of a boyish frame, and that clearly does not reflect my body type,” she noted.

Xiea has had some high-profile jobs which include music video Kiss Me Girl – by Drastic & BV Featuring Jah Cure, and the cover of The Antiguan Traveller (2012), Pride Magazine (Canada August 2012 Issue), and a three page spread of Mirror Mirror Magazine  (Fall/ Winter Issue 2012).

She attended the Antigua Girls’ High School before joining the staff as the Visual Arts teacher. Outside of modelling she paints and dances and writes novels.

Caribbean’s Next Top Model is presented by bMobile, LIME, KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited, Caribbean Airlines, The Carlton-Savannah, Farouk Systems – CHI, Trinre, Sacha Cosmetics, Factor Women, Caribbean Belle, Blue Waters, Kalloo’s and Micles.

For a sneak preview of Caribbean’s Next Top Model, log on to www.caribbeansnexttopmodel.com, facebook.com/caribbeansnexttopmodel or follow them on Twitter @CaribeNTM.

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