Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model: meet the finalists

Lauren Lambert, Emma Ward and Sarah Kennedy battle it out in tonight's final - but who will win?

imagenotavailable1

LAUREN LAMBERT

Advertisement

Describe your experience on Top Model in three words?

Absolutely frikkin’ amazing.

How did it feel to be in the final?

It was scarily amazing as you never know which way the tables are going to turn – your career is in the judges’ hands. It got intense as we were all fighting for our dreams and the adrenaline rush of being on the catwalk is the best feeling ever, showcasing the clothes and getting such great reactions from the crowd. You just don’t want it to end.

What’s been your favourite photoshoot?

I enjoyed and love all of them so it’s hard to choose. I really loved the gymnastics shoot because I had to portray strength without showing I was struggling as I have no upper body strength. Working with Tyson and Lewis was amazing as they are both incredible and strong.

What’s been your favourite challenge?

The accessory challenge because I picked the angel wings at random and I always wanted angel wings as I love Victoria’s Secret. I felt like a Victoria’s Secret model for the day which was another dream come true. 

What’s been the hardest part of the competition?

The pressure I put on myself to succeed but also to keep producing good photos so I didn’t go home.

How have you found watching yourself on screen?

It’s been weird seeing myself on screen- some parts of the show I cringe watching myself but at the same time I feel lucky.


EMMA WARD

Describe your experience on Top Model in three words…

Blur, nervous, amazing.

I’m using the two words nervous and amazing as that’s how all the girls would describe everything – “I’m nervous but everything’s amazing”.

How did it feel to be in the final?

It felt surreal to be in the final as I’ve auditioned a few times before and never got through so to be sat in the final three… I was so nervous and I felt a lot of pressure – the whole day felt like a huge panic attack! 

What’s been your favourite challenge?

I was never good at challenges – I never won any – But my favourite was the fashion challenge. I enjoyed running around in madness and I love fashion, but if Kingsley wasn’t there it would have been amazing. He definitely crashed my parade.

What’s been the hardest part of the competition?

The hardest part was trying to calm down. I was always so nervous and panicky and I couldn’t enjoy myself. I do regret being so nervous but I found it very hard. It turned me into a different person – I’m not like that.

How have you found watching yourself on screen?

Watching myself back has been EXTREMELY cringeworthy. As I said, I’m very awkward and nervous on the show and I struggled a lot so it is like watching a different person at times. Also, the amount of makeup I wore makes me cringe – why didn’t someone tell me? I also can’t stand my accent! It doesn’t sound the most glamourous…


SARAH KENNEDY

Describe your experience on Top Model in three words?

Life-changing, Surreal, Rewarding.

How did it feel to be in the final?

To be in the final of BINTM was one of the most unbelievable feelings I have ever felt. I had my focus on the final from very early on in the competition – I had to keep myself motivated – but to stand on that stage in Barbados in the final three was amazing. It was a feeling of sheer shock and unforgettable happiness. I couldn’t believe I was there, but also very proud to have been given the opportunity to be and wanted to make the most of it.

What’s been your favourite photoshoot?

I loved pretty much all the shoots, especially the nude shoot. When it got to that particular shoot I was so focused and in the competition that I just thought, bring it on. I genuinely really enjoyed it. Dannii Minogue was on set that day too and she just made me feel so relaxed. I didn’t think about the fact I was nude. I got to do so many great photo shoots so all of them stand out for different reasons.

What’s been your favourite challenge?

I loved the Cover Drive music video in Barbados. It was one of my favourite challenges. I couldn’t believe we got the opportunity to do a music video and I thought to myself, I might not get the opportunity to do something like this again, so I definitely made the most of it. I got to learn some Bajan dance moves, it was really fun. I love to dance so I feel so fortunate I got to experience that.

What’s been the hardest part of the competition?

The hardest part of the competition for me was being away from my family and my boyfriend. I’m used to seeing and talking to them all the time. We got three-minute phone calls, twice a week. I missed telling them about my day, every day. I have a small but very close family. When I got home, I gave them information overload within the first hour; I had so much to tell them. I missed them all so much so being away from them was the hardest part for me, especially when times were tough.

How have you found watching yourself on screen?

In the beginning it was weird watching myself on screen. I found it difficult to watch the times I was really upset, like the underwater shoot for instance. I couldn’t watch that for ages. As time went on, I got a little more comfortable with watching myself on the TV. It took me a long time to get used to it all. It was lovely to watch with my family and boyfriend, though; we got the opportunity to have some amazing photoshoots and challenges on Top Model so I’m happy that my family got to see that rather than me just telling them about it.


The Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model final begins tonight at 9:00pm on Sky Living 

For a reminder of the last nine series of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, check out the very best bits in the video below: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfT6c5fG6Ok

 


Advertisement