THE red carpet was rolled out as the winner of Wakefield’s Next Top Model was crowned at Trinity Walk.
After an agonising debate, the judges chose stunning 16-year-old student Ovidija Zemaityte, at the glamorous grand final on Tuesday night.
Ovidija, of Stanley, was picked from ten other hopefuls who made it through to the finals after weeks of voting by Express readers.
Not only will she win a 12-month modelling contract and representation from top agency Catwalk Model Management, Ovidija will also become the face of Trinity Walk and star in fashion shoots for the Wakefield Express’ women’s supplement, What Women Want.
Ovidija said: “I’m still in shock, I didn’t expect to win at all because there were some really strong contenders.
“I’m so happy I’ve won, I’m really excited to see what the next year brings and what will happen.”
She was supported by friends and family who cheered as her name was called out.
Her mum Ramune Zemaitiene, 46, said: “I was full of emotion, I felt so nervous for her but I knew she would win.”
The final was held at sponsors Trinity Walk where the Wildcat Dolls kicked off the evening modelling Topshop’s black collection and later danced alongside Daddy Cool.
Ridings DJ Ian Jefferson was on hand to warm up the crowds before hosts celebrity florist Carl Wilde and stylist Jill Pollitt, from Catwalk Model Management took to the stage.
Carl said: “All the models were fabulous - anyone of them could have won because they were all really attractive in different ways.”
On the judging panel was Marcello Moccia, creative director at Room 97.
He said: “It was a great night but it was very challenging because all the girls looked so fantastic - it was a very difficult decision.
“Ovidija was my first choice because she was quite unique and she has a lovely smile.”
“I’d like to thank all the team at Room 97, they’ve done an amazing job and I’m proud of their work.”
He was joined by Lindsay Pantry, acting deputy news editor of the Express and Victoria Cockroft, head booker at Catwalk Model Management.
She said: “Ovidija had the walk, the smile, everything - she was beautiful.
“If she had walked in our office I would have signed her up straight away.”
Also on the judging panel was Susan Mendoza, Trinity Walk centre manager.
She said: “Wakefield’s Next Top Model has been an absolutely amazing success.
“All the models were stunning and it was very difficult to make the decision but Ovidija had a great presence and smile.”
Earlier in the day all the contestants had their make-up professional done by Bare Escentuals and Benefit at Debenhams.
And their hair was transformed by the team at Room 97 Creative Hairdressing and Spa.
Their outfits were hand picked by River Island, Asda Living, Debenhams, Republic, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Next, Bank, Select and Tu at Sainsbury’s.
Mark Bradley, editor of the Wakefield Express, said: “The Next Top Model evening was great fun. The models all looked fantastic, the atmosphere was really lively and the setting within the Trinity Walk complex lent a genuine catwalk atmosphere. Our thanks go to everyone involved in the successful organisation of what turned out to be a real showcase event.”
To see a video of the event log on to www.wakefield express.co.uk