Rhiannon D’Averc keeps us up to date on London Runway’s biggest competition of the year and what’s been going on so far.
The Face of London Runway 2023 is officially underway, and we couldn’t be more excited!
If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ll know that we’re already on the build-up to the finale, which will be taking place in August. By that point, we need to narrow the field down to just ten models and eventually two winners – but we’ve got a long way to go before we get there!
There’s a lot happening behind the scenes that you might not know about, so let’s get into it.
First, we took entries through a form on our website. That stage is now closed, so we’re not accepting any further entrants this year! If you’re disappointed and would love the chance to get further in your modelling career with your face on our cover, then make sure to sign up to our email newsletter via our website. You’ll get updates when we launch the 2023 competition!
When we’d taken all of our entries, we asked everyone to submit a short video telling us who they are and declaring that they are going to be the Face of London Runway 2023, to introduce you to them for the first time.
We selected some of these to feature in brief clips on our Instagram and Facebook pages – go ahead and check them out whenever you get a chance! We couldn’t feature absolutely everyone who applied as a) there were so many and b) some models submitted videos via sites we couldn’t download from, but we’ve got the best highlighted for you in those clips!
After taking a careful look through all of the entries, we selected only some of them to come through for a Zoom interview round. In fact – at the time of release, we’re still making those big decisions! We can only take 100 models through to the Zoom round, but the number of entrants we had this year meant that the competition for even this number of spaces was fierce. In our first round, we heard from more than 850 applicants from all around the world! The homes of our applicants ranged from Australia, to New Zealand, to Nigeria, to South Africa, to Canada and the US, to Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and of course, right across the UK and Northern Ireland. This is the most countries we’ve ever managed to reach!
This Zoom round will consist of groups of up to ten models, all live together at the same time. They’ll get the chance to speak to me, the head judge, and also meet some of their fellow contestants. We know we have some familiar faces coming back this year, so we’re looking forward to catching up with old friends, too!
After the Zoom round, we head into the famous Face of London Runway semi-final, which is one of the highlights of our year! We gather together with the top 40 entrants for a fast-paced, hectic day of test shoots and challenges. It’s a huge amount of fun and a really great networking opportunity for all involved. If you’re curious about that, you can hear more on our recent podcast with last year’s winner, Pippa – search London Runway Style on Spotify to give it a listen!
We’ll be back next month with an update on how the Zoom calls went – see you then!
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