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'Caribbean's Next top Model' take two

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Christina Llorens, communications specialist at C&W Communications, sitting prettily at the ‘CNTM’ launch.
From left: NeyshaSodeen, Chris Cooke Johnson, Marilyn Sealy make a stylish photo.
From left: President of C&W Communications Consumer Group John Reid, ‘CNTM’ producer Wendy Fitzwilliam, and head of branding for ‘CNTM’ Mark Lewis.
The beautiful duo of Donyelle Bird-Brown (left) and Kiran Maharaj.
From left: Mark Lewis, Matt Cirulnick and Adam Brawer pose for a snapshot.
Our lens caught Cynthia Fernandez enjoying the launch.
‘CNTM’ creative trio (from left) Richard Young, creative director and producer Wendy Fitzwilliam, and Pedro Virgil, photographer.
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On Monday night, the rooftop lounge of the chic Betsy Hotel in South Beach Miami was the venue for the launch of the second season of 'Caribbean's Next Top Model' ('CNTM').

The event was attended by movers and shakers in the fashion industry, all with their own take on the 'Caribbean Flair' dress code. The Caribbean reality show is based on the successful staging of 'America's Next Top Model'.

This regional programme follows the stories of young women seeking to launch careers in the competitive world of modelling. The brainchild of host and producer Wendy Fitzwilliam - former Miss Universe, model and entrepreneur -the series is aimed at celebrating all things 'girly' and the power of womanhood with telecoms giant FLOW as premier sponsor.

According to Fitzwilliam: "It is so refreshing when a corporate entity recognises the need for support and undertakes the responsibility of enabling the development of Caribbean talent and content. FLOW has definitely got it right. With FLOW, more 'CNTM' fans will get a wholesome entertainment experience, one that is as interactive and engaging as possible," she stated.

John Reid, president of C&W Communications Consumer Group, operators of FLOW, was just as excited about the partnership as he spoke fondly about his time in the Caribbean and the immense amount of talent and creativity in the region.

"We are extremely excited to be partnering with Wendy Fitzwilliam and her 'Caribbean's Next Top Model' team. We are not just committed, but we are also proud to support Caribbean producers who generate quality local content for the region," Reid ended.

Only in its second cycle, Fitzwilliam is hopeful that the show will reach its third cycle, which will then allow it to take on a life of its own with a larger audience and even more sponsors.

The 'CNTM' platform has enabled several young women across the region to embark on the journey of a lifetime, inspiring thousands of others to fight to the finish in a cast of light-hearted and challenging career-determining tasks, which will illuminate opportunities that will motivate them for a lifetime.

'Caribbean's Next Top Model' will be broadcast simultaneously on the Flow TV platform across the region on Monday nights, beginning on October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in CuraÁao, Jamaica, Cayman Islands; and at 8:30 p.m. in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda and The Bahamas.