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November 23rd, 2009 by betty | Girls, Industry News, Model News, Videos
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Ford Models‘ Supermodel of the World Contest, US winner, Olivia from Seattle. (promo images courtesy of Ford)

MDC popped by the Ford Supermodel of the World contest (the US finals) and spent a fun filled afternoon with the wonderful Ford team. We watched as 250+ hopefuls marched in and out of the W Hotel aiming to represent the US for the eventual worldwide finals taking place in January in Brazil. While the eventual US winner, Olivia, would come out of the Ford LA contest, there were quite a few lovely young ladies that caught the eye of the discerning NY Ford team. For pictures of the event and some interviews with some of Ford’s finest, check out MDC’s exclusive coverage below the cards.






All behind the scenes images and videos, below, Betty for MDC.

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Ford agent Aaron Newbill talks about what they look for at their searches.

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Ford Model Emily Senko is every inch the professional and gracious model.


Ford scout Melissa being interviewed.


The agents meet a hopeful.


Hyoni Kang the 2008 winner.


Some of the hopefuls meet and get autographs from the Ford models.


We catch Hyoni alone for a quick snap.


Ford agent Paulo is one of the nicest.


The fresh faced Ivy from Buffalo, New York is tres gamine!


Against the Ford background.


Daisy from NJ on camera.


We adored this brother and sister, Caitlin and Zach King from Brooklyn, NY.


Molly from Texas


Paige from Staten Island is very old school supermodel.


Ford co-directors Michele P. and Caroline P.


Looking at all the great girls.


The final edit.

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  1. Casting Agent NYC says:

    Congrats tp Olivia she is ” Great ” and I also love the girl Kate what a face does kate have freckles?

  2. Antonio Marcus says:


  3. Natural Beauty says:

    Love the Winner Olivia from Seattle,WA Congratulations to her.

    My opinion on the other finalist.

    Daisy: Interesting but not great is she wearing make-up?

    Ivy: Cool Boyish Look very young right.

    Kate: Love this Girl as well. What a face and great eyes how tall is she ?

    Molly: Too much make-up.

    Paige: Just not sure. Another girl wearing make-up.

    Congratulations to all of the Ford finalist. Girl’s remember make-up is only best for jobs not castings or auditions unless a client makes the request just a little FYI for any inspiring model. ” FRESH and CLEAN ” is always best .Natural Beauties are the best.

  4. Cecilia says:

    Gorgeous. I like daisy the better though, she looks feirce !

  5. Lanvin Ray says:

    I love Olivia! Kate is 5,10.5” and part Irish :D I like Daisy & Paige too! Rooting for USA next year!!!

  6. Antonio Barros says:

    Congrats for Olivia! She is amazing!!!
    I hope to see her soon in the catwalks in Paris!


  7. Ashley says:

    kate and ivy are the only ones who have THE look

    Molly- absolutley beautiful face but not model.

    daisy- fierce look

    ivy- very skinny and bony but cute rugged look

    kate- nice almond eyes and long arms.

  8. Jess says:

    Congrats Ivy! You deserve this girl! :)

  9. Madonna says:

    Ivy may be young but she is very natural and her hairstyle is adorable! I don’t think she can be stopped.

  10. Vivian Berndt says:

    I think that Olivia is gorgeous! She definitely deserves that spot at winning number one. I can totally tell that she will only have the upmost potential in all her work. Keep it up Olivia and someday I hope to meet you at Fashion Week or something! Congrats, your now my number 1 on the list, Love Her!

  11. GP says:

    how old are they? 15? Look too young like school kids.

  12. carola says:

    Wow can you imagine Paige after she gets her makeover.. I can’t wait for the results.

    I like Molly, very sexy.

  13. lynn says:

    I love how they throw around the title Super Model Of The World

  14. SOPHIE says:

    i’m from Korea but.. i think hyoni dosent seems like a Model..
    i mean look at the Hye and daul they have sort of force of there
    image or somethig but… hyoni its.. just a girl you can see at a street.
    i dont wanna hurt hyoni’s feeling but i guess korea have to find out
    more fasionable and fierce look at Han!!or hye or…daul…………..

  15. Mark says:

    The girls are nice but super model of the world they are not. I love the new look of the girls at the moment but seeing these new batch of girls posted here as Super models of the world makes me wonder were is all this going?
    American idle, America’s next top model, and more of these non talented people getting a 15 minute spot.
    I am not saying that it is a bad thing getting the 15 minutes of fame but the integrity is all out the door. I wish I could see the true talents we had in the past were models were spokes girls and always worked to have the title Super Model. Photographers that were masters at lighting and for the most part singers that knew how to sing.
    We have become so mass market it is not even funny. Models lasting for two season if any, singers putting out garbage music. I don’t get it. But maybe I am not meant to. I guess it is a changing world and we all want more more more.

  16. freddie says:

    Another SOTW finals? The public barely heard anything about last year’s winner and the rest of the finalists and now another group of young girls with the same dream. Good luck with y’all. I have a feeling y’all will be needing it. And then some.

  17. betty says:

    To Mark,

    The title of the search is called Ford Supermodel of the World. That doesn’t mean that they are saying these are supermodels, RIGHT NOW… many huge supermodels indeed came out of this search and many looked just like these hopefuls… fresh faced young girls with the POTENTIAL to indeed become supermodels. There are so many elements involved in making a supermodel, the look, the right attitude, the right photographer/client who book the girl… etc.

    I was there when Chanel Iman was one of the finalists several years ago. She was just as young and as not “supermodel-y” as these girls but this contest gave her the opportunity to become one by signing with Ford.

    But for the most part I agree with you, the world has indeed changed. A girl who looks like Taylor Swift, in this appearance obsessed society, will always find it easier to succeed than someone who looks like Patsy Cline did in the 50’s.


  18. Cookie says:

    I can’t wait to see who will with the V A Model Search -V Magazine and Ford Models are joining forces again to find the next face of women’s fashion.

    The decision will be made by a panel of fashion insiders and tastemakers and the winner will appear in the pages of V Magazine and grab a contract with V Mag…

    I got the info here: Online Application, Vmagazine.com/modelsearch

  19. brenda says:

    Daisy reminds me of Emma Harry Potter girl

  20. Poulina says:

    i thought the same brenda when i saw her!! she looks really similar to Emma Watson. Is the only one i like, the others are too american girl next door…

  21. Mark says:

    To Betty,
    Yes, you are right. I was also their at the event when Iman was that hopeful but I instantly knew she was a model also others that took part. I worked with her even before she got there. Just being a 28 year old I am just so moved by what the media is going for. I was just at a stand still when I saw the hopefuls this season. It just made me have to speak my mind because I think it is all out of control. I just think that if a girl is 14-17 years old and tall with interesting looks she is labeled a model. And now that agents are having more access to Europe, flying eastern European girls over it makes a mountain hill of models that are exceptionally amazing. So this contest makes me so confused with the hopefuls because all the interesting girls are already models.

  22. Mark says:

    I just wanted to say something that I left out in my last comment. I think all the hopefuls that took part in the
    contest are very beautiful.

  23. Paige says:

    Oliva i wish you luck! i enjoyed trying out for fords worlds top model… hopfully everything goes good as i want it to go. i want it then any other girl in the world!!! BTW thanks for the people who are supporting me I appreciate it

  24. sammigirl says:

    Paigey Girl, Don’t worry about what people say you are A very young Beautiful Girl.. We always new you where Model Type.. I lOve You Soooo Much.. Keep up the good work ..We are all very Proud of You…xoxo Sammi Grl

  25. MIGUEL says:


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  27. Toni K says:

    Olivia is Supreme-kind-of, cool to catch the edgy jobs for sure. Intensive eyes are always the leading thing, and she’s got it. Not lost even in polaroids. Ivy and Kate has interesting cartoon-esthetics that might bloom with good ideas and development. And Paige: you don’t need to worry about jobs, that face will never die. Is there a smile of her somewhere to be seen?

  28. emma estonia says:

    Are those the only photos of the contestants available for viewing?
    I would like to see more photos of all of the girls, especially of the LA contestants. It seems all about New York in terms of photos of the “One Day, 2 Cities,One Winner” event, even with the winner being chosen from the LA search.
    I agree with Toni K., something supreme about Olivia. She seems to be in a different league, her still photo shows movement somehow (torso,arms, hair), and her eyes are alive and “in the moment”. Might be that she is older than the other girls. She probably has great features, but hard to tell with one photo.
    Can we at least see the contestants from the LA search? Will we ever know who the LA finalists were?
    I know someone who was entered in LA and thought she was a finalist or was at least close. A little recognition for the LA contestants would be good.

  29. betty says:

    To Emma,
    It’s all about New York, because that’s where I was.. simple as that..
    Ford might have some pictures from the LA search but it will be up to them if they think the pics were good enough to put on their blog.

    Leave a comment on the Ford blog.. they do read them. Remember though, it is NOT the Ford LA blog.


  30. Heather says:

    I love the clear looks the models have. It’s captivating and beautiful.

  31. Santa says:

    I love Ivy!

  32. Ngo says:

    Oliva’s good and I also like Paige.
    Would’ve been lovely to see a bit more diversity though.
    Seen this ‘look’ a trillion times. And to be quite frank I’m so bored of it.


  33. Anne says:

    I stood in line with my daughter at the W in Los Angeles. We both saw Olivia up toward the front of the line, and we knew she would be the one.
    There were also other very beautiful girls in line, and very diverse looks.
    Hopefully Ford will contact or announce the other girls who have potential and went through the search process.
    Congratulations to Olivia. I’ve never seen a look like hers. In person I thought “Grace Kelly”, but that was not captured in the winning photo unfortunately.

  34. kjelson says:

    is olivia even from the united states? she look like european models to me and i read she is from oregon and then i read she is from washinton.
    molly,paige and daisy have that true all-american look that should have been chosen to go to this competition.

  35. Samira says:

    Daisy and Ivy are totally undescribable. Cute & unique


  36. Samira says:

    paige has throught out as well a promising look


  37. Elisha says:

    the one picture of ivy is unbelievable, is it true she signed with elite ?
    all of these girls should be on the cover of a magazine together!!how adorable

  38. katie says:

    Paige has beautiful eyes,something about her that i love & yes i agree with THE all-american look.Everygirl is really pretty in there own way… good luck girls

  39. peterModelObssessed says:

    Of all the girls, Ivy looks like got all the potential to make it big. Her look is modern and edgy, yet her face has a classic youth. Love her!

  40. Julie Ling says:

    None of these girls have it.

  41. carola says:

    Ahhh I hope no one (including the girl herself) thinks the “waiting for Paige’s makeover” comment was a negative thing, I just meant she has a very interesting face and of course whatever agency signs her is gonna give her a new haircut or something like that, and honestly I can’t wait to see the results, I think she’s the only one that stands out from this group.

  42. peterModelObssessed says:

    You can never be like them Julie Ling. Keep posting.

  43. anniecleves says:

    do not listen to Julie Ling obv. she isn’t a model.

    you girls are all pretty. i like ivy the best, she is different

  44. John Burke says:

    The models like Paige and Molly looks beautiful I love.

  45. Gisa says:

    germany love ivy !

  46. Michele Mancuso says:

    Paige you are beautiful and I wish you all the best in the world.

  47. Gisa masey says:

    ivy has such a unique look i love her edge, so Agyness Deyn rock.
    Kate is cute, very soft eyes. You two girls can go far, best of luck to all

  48. Paige says:

    tomorrow is the big day hopfully everything goes as planned.! hopfully my dreammm will come true .. loll kinda nervous but im going to make the best of it!!! wish me luck

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  50. jasmine says:

    She is so pretty !She really did deserve to win .good job!

  51. JLM says:

    Hey my darling, anniecleves, what if I am?

    They just don’t look like they fit in with Magdelena, Lily, Jessica, Natalia, Lara, Natasha, Imogene, Skye, Jac.

    That’s what I mean about none of these girls have it.
    Sorry, you’ve gotta have tough skin in this business darlings.
    And you cannot deny that.

    And I am only one opinion out of the many here, why the hell would my comment matter? Brush it aside then!

    I speak the truth, regardless of how harsh it sounds, best way to deal, suck it up, buttercup.

    Only Ivy and Kate have sort of the look.

  52. donella says:

    molly is gorgeous but looks too ‘pose-y’ in the pictures.

    Ivy has the chic look and a totally fresh face, gorgeous skin and bright face.

    All the girls should work on facial expressions, not saying you don’t have good ones already.

  53. candy says:

    Is it true that one of the finalists, Kate has signed with Ford?

  54. jackson says:

    what has happened to the rest of these girls. I know about Olivia but what is it that the others are doing?

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