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DUBAI: A Middle Eastern franchise of “America’s Next Top Model” is in the works, according to local media.
Although official confirmation has yet to be made, local media reported that the regional edition will be titled “Arabia’s Next Top Model”. The production team is reportedly looking for a well-known host and judges in the modeling and fashion industries.
The hit American show, which premiered in May 2003, was created by American model Tyra Banks, who also serves as an executive producer. It was developed by television producer Ken Mok and writer Kenya Barris.
On the show, aspiring female and male models compete in a series of challenges in order to gain career opportunities in the modeling industry.
More than 50 spinoffs of the show have been released worldwide, including “German’s Next Top Model”, “Asia’s Next Top Model”, “India’s Next Top Model” and others.
While the production house has yet to confirm the news, here are our picks for who we’d like to see serve on the judging panel for the eventual Middle Eastern release.
Mona and Huda Kattan
The powerful women behind Huda Beauty and fragrance brand Kayali would be the perfect judges, although their camp has not made an official announcement about their possible involvement with the show.
Banks, who created “America’s Next Top Model,” met Mona at an event in Abu Dhabi in March 2022 and said she was “a real beauty.”
The couple previously starred in a Facebook reality show called “Huda Boss.”
Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik is said to give the show a healthy dose of star power. The former Victoria’s Secret model has posed for several fashion houses and appeared in the pages of Vogue Arabia. Although her social media accounts don’t mention any potential spot on the show, hopefully we’ll see her in the Middle East soon.
The Lebanese-Australian model, entrepreneur and humanitarian would be an ideal judge given her history as Miss World Australia 2012. She has starred in campaigns for international fashion houses and is a red carpet and front row regular at of events around the world.
The popular radio host is known for his sense of humor and would certainly lighten the mood of the competitive show.
Amira Al Zuhair
Saudi model Amira Al-Zuhair recently walked for Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Lebanese couture brand Georges Hobeika. The young star could be the perfect mentor for other up-and-coming models in the Middle East if she is chosen to appear on the supposed show.
Elie Saab or Zuhair Murad
Who better to select a promising model than the most famous designers in the Arab world? Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Georges Hobeika and Georges Chakra are all options for those we would like to see sit on the jury.