Charley with the judging panel and winner Tiffany at BNTM's live final
Grazia Daily had the chance to catch up with the lovely Charley Speed yesterday to talk about the Britain’s Next Top Model final as well as BNTM Live, a three-day event at the end of October, which gives you lucky people the chance to meet the girls as well as Charley himself.
Charley poses alongside Kate Moss for CK
It turns out that Charley has a personal as well as a professional interest in BNTM as he was also entered into a TV-type contest at the beginning of his career. Who knew?! ‘My pics were sent into a comp when I was 16 unbeknown to me,’ he tells us ‘and I forgot about it, and then suddenly there were these people wanting to meet me and it all went huge.' Huge being the operative word. A year after the competition, age 17, Charley was starring with Kate Moss in adverts for CK Eyewear, which he now cites as a personal career highlight, along with ‘working with Tom Ford when he’d just started at Gucci’. Amazing.
Aw! Charley at the VH-1 Fashion Awards in 1997
Obviously, what we wanted to know STRAIGHT AWAY was what Charley thought about last week’s final in which Tiffany was crowned BNTM champion. Mr Speed was full of praise for all three finalists, saying, ‘the thing for me was that all of our top three girls we were all very pleased with, but Tiff seems like a real worker - she’d really done her research and would bring a lot to the shoots. She really knew her stuff.’
‘Alisha had a great look and for Joy, it would have been a way out for her, I think. But you know, hopefully they’ll all work. I would be amazed if Joy and Alisha weren’t snapped up.’ Yay for that!
Charley on Hollyoaks with the contestants in Episode 7
We also wondered which of the ladies Charley was sorry to see leave the competition, to which he gave a slightly surprising answer. ‘I really liked Nicola. She photographed really, really well - she could take make-up really well and I would have liked to see her go further in the competition.’ Though perhaps without the granny glasses, non? He also ‘loved Amelia’s look. She had this amazing red hair, but on shoots she was not taking direction. I think if she can get over what she thinks she can be doing, she could be great. I would like to have seen her go a bit further.’ Dit to the O.
So, though the Britain’s Next Top Model competition has ended, the BNTM juggernaut continues apace with BNTM live, a three-day extravaganza from 22nd – 24th October, which Charley tells us includes ‘fashion shows and makeovers, the chance to come and meet the girls, and meet me and see what goes on behind the scenes. It’s really just a natural extension of the show, and its never been done before!’
And guess what? The lovely people at BNTM live have offered you very lucky lot the chance to be there! Yes, one Grazia Daily reader plus a friend, will experience a weekend full of shopping and pampering, beginning with a VIP strut along the red carpet in to Britain’s Next Top Model Live. Once there, you’ll walk the walk on the ‘Kiss’ Catwalk, strike a pose in front of the Paparazzi Zone, get expert advice in the Style Icon Workshop, before sipping on a well needed class of champagne. And as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll be whisked off to a top London Hotel where you can reminisce about your magical day over dinner for two. YUM! Aaaand, be sure to get a good night’s sleep because on Sunday you’ll be whisked to Westfield London by your personal chauffeur (!). After an hour’s session with a personal stylist, you’ll be let loose in the wonderful world of Westfield. Oh, and with that £100 gift card we’re throwing in - we don’t want you coming back for hours!
So how does that sound? Pretty blooming amazing, right? For more information about the event, visit www.bntmlive.com but FIRST get answering the question below to be in with a chance of winning.
- Alex Butt