Bravo allowing viewers to 'Make Me a Supermodel' cast their own
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/15/2007
Bravo has announced it is giving fans the opportunity to determine two contestants who will compete on Make Me a Supermodel, a new America's Next Top Model-like reality series that will pit a co-ed group of 14 aspiring runway walkers against one another.
Beginning yesterday, fans can vote via Bravo's website from a pool of six selected finalists interested in participating in Make Me a Supermodel. Voting closes on November 26, with the male and female finalists who receive the highest number of fan votes being included in the show's cast.
The previously announced series will begin with a cast of 14, and over a 12-week period, the contestants will live together in a Manhattan loft and deal with their personal relationships with one another while also competing in a series of challenges designed to test their potential on the catwalk.
Rather than letting its Top Model-like panel of judges decide each contestants' weekly fate, Make Me a Supermodel will -- in a move that marks a first for a Bravo reality competition series -- use an American Idol-like format that will let home viewers vote to determine which contestant will get eliminated each week.
After 11 weeks of eliminations, one contestant will win Make Me a Supermodel's grand prize package -- $100,000 and a modeling agency contract.
Make Me a Supermodel will be hosted by supermodels Niki Taylor and Tyson Beckford. The show is currently scheduled to premiere in January.
The six finalists fans can vote for via Bravo's website -- as well as their network-supplied bios -- are:
Ashlie Olson, a 20-year-old from Lexington, KY
Ashlie lives with her mother, her sister, her two dogs, four cats and mini-turtle in Kentucky. She hopes to break out of her hometown and move to a major city where she hopes to find additional opportunities to pursue her modeling career. Growing up, she sported large glasses and braces and was in her elementary school's academic team, going on to win best in state on an English exam. Ashlie is a self-described extrovert with a big personality who dreams of traveling the world and having a name that people know.
Angelica Gromow, an 18-year-old from Arlington Heights, IL
Angelica has been modeling since a young age and currently works as a translator and receptionist at a law firm, as a part-time babysitter and studies accounting. She lives with her parents and two sisters in a Chicago suburb while the rest of her family remains in Poland. She enjoys playing tennis, basketball, swimming and practicing yoga. Angelica dreams of being a famous model, of opening a little boutique someday, and of buying a gorgeous home for her parents in Europe. Knowing that she is healthy makes her happy and thankful.
Katy Caswell, a 21-year-old from Auburn, AL
Katy grew up in a meager home in Alabama where her grandparents helped raise her, but her impoverished upbringing allowed her to dream. She describes herself as extremely determined, often traveling four hours a day, four times a week for casting calls. She currently works in data entry at a cardiologist's office filing insurance claims and enjoys decorating, cleaning and horseback riding.
Ben DiChiara, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN
Ben has been working as a deputy sheriff correctional officer in Nashville for the past two years. He met his wife in high school, where they started out as friends in band camp, and have been together as a couple for six years. A very active person, he runs daily and enjoys playing volleyball and Frisbee with friends. After overcoming a very tough childhood and adolescent years, Ben considers himself lucky to have a great family and friends and to be healthy and alive. His best experience was his wedding day.
Igor Galijasevic, a 21-year-old from Chicago, IL
Igor splits his time between working at a law office as a clerk and attending school. He is a huge fan of Heavy Metal, loves professional wrestling and in addition to work, school and modeling, keeps busy pursuing both of his favorites. He is currently forming a band and learning how to become a pro wrestler. He grew up in Bosnia and while on vacation with his grandparents in Serbia, the turmoil in the Balkan region kept him separated from his parents for over two years. His father, who was shot seven times in the Bosnian war as a civilian and tended to his own wounds to survive, is his hero. In his words, "Life kicks ass."
Josiah Hawley, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN
Josiah was raised in a large family and has been married for over two years. He started singing while in a youth group, badly at that, but perfected his vocal skills eventually joining his high school choir. This led him to Belmont University where he played hockey, was a voice major and was accepted into two prestigious vocal ensembles. Josiah is also a member of a rock band, who is about to release an EP, and he dreams of dual careers being a successful model and musician.