The next top su­per­judge?

Friday - - Welcome to Friday - Karen Pasquali Jones Ed­i­tor kpasqual­i­

My lips were lined in pen­cil, painted with fuschia lip­stick, then glossed into a pout. My eyes were rimmed with kohl and flat­tered with false lashes. I had cheek­bones for the first time in years thanks to clever shad­ing, and my skin was sud­denly healthily dewy thanks to the mas­tery of the make-up artist who’d spent the last half an hour trans­form­ing me from ugly duck­ling into a swan. Even my hair, usu­ally a ball of frizzy, brassy blonde, had been ironed and curled into silky waves. I hardly recog­nised the woman in the mir­ror. “Any­one would think I was try­ing to en­ter the Elite Model Look com­pe­ti­tion rather than judge it,” I laughed. But my new look was noth­ing com­pared to the nat­u­ral beauties I had to judge to see who would be­come the UAE’s next top model. A gag­gle of blon­des, brunettes and red­heads strut­ted down the run­way, their faces im­pos­si­bly beau­ti­ful, their legs ridicu­lously long. They all looked like glama­zons – and win­ners – to me. Some­how we man­aged to whit­tle them down to the fi­nal 12, with the win­ner, who’ll rep­re­sent the Mid­dle East at the world fi­nals in China, to be cho­sen to­mor­row. See all the be­hind-the-scenes ac­tion in our re­portage on page 24. En­joy the is­sue aand I’ll tell you who won next week!

Su­per­judge Karen (

far right) with fash­ion beauty di­rec­tor Dani, and

left, and or­gan­is­ers of Model Look, FLC Mod­els’

Elite Adri­ana and Ganesh in the fi­nal

of hands up who’s try Strike a pose: Well a girl

can com­pe­ti­tion? the Elite model

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