Top Model Australia National Finals 2022

Imagine | 25.07.22

*Flashback*

As soon as she heard her name she fell to the floor, face in her hands with tears in her eyes, she could not believe that the moment she had been working towards for the past few years had finally arrived. As she looked up from her hands and around the room, she couldn’t believe that all these people were applauding her success; at that moment she knew she had made it.

Top Model Australia National Finals 2022

*Present Day*

Our sister venue Q Events had the absolute privilege of hosting the Top Model Australia National Finals 2022, 2 weeks ago, and what a weekend packed full of events it was. The team had never hosted an event like this at Q before, so they enjoyed soaking up every moment of the journey. From having a runway stage installed to half of the venue transformed into a backstage area for outfit changes and runway walk-throughs, it was incredible that the team got to create this event alongside Top Model Australia.

Want to know all the details from the weekend that was Top Model Australia? Keep reading.

 

Friday 8th July 

On Friday two days before the Top Model Australia National Finals 2022 event we hosted a media and rehearsal day. Rehearsals started bright and early at 10 am with the Top Model Junior contestants commencing their rehearsals first, consisting of a complete show run-through, finalising the runway order and marking where they will pose throughout the runway.

All contestants then partook in this year’s sponsor Bully Zeros workshop, Bully Zero is Australia’s leading bullying prevention charity. The workshop delivered evidence-based bullying prevention information and touched on the different types of bullying and its impact on not only those affected but their friends and family. Part of the workshop was to be a safe space for all contestants to talk openly, about bullying and seek advice on responding to the situation.

Model David Tomasic, was a guest speaker at the workshop and spoke about his experience of bullying growing up, how he responded to the situation and his advice for the contestants who are currently or may experience bullying as their career develops. He also shared a quote that he lived by: “hurt people, hurt people”.

After the workshop, it was the national finalists’ turn for a full dress rehearsal, giving us a sneak peek of all the amazing outfits, from a cocktail dress to high-fashion, we were short for words and it was only the rehearsal.

Sunday 10th July 

When Sunday arrived it only meant one thing…the countdown to the Top Model Australia National Finalists competition for 2022 was over!

Whilst all the contestants were getting their hair & makeup done and squeezing in one last rehearsal before getting in the zone, Q Events were welcoming the judges and VIPs into The Valiant Bar, Melbourne’s newest hidden cocktail bar located within Q Events and greeting them with champagne.

Q Events was nearly unrecognizable on Sunday, the room was set with 27 tables in cabaret style dressed with black linens but the focal point was the runway built by Technical Events that was front and centre of the room. To the left of the stage sat select VIPs and in front of the runway sat the judges.

Speaking of the judges, let’s see who was on the panel for the event! The judging panel consisted of:

After being seated all guests were served their entrées which were handmade potato gnocchi with chorizo, Kalamata olives, cavolo Nero, tomato emulsion, shaved pecorino and baby basil leaves.

Amongst the guests were some well-known faces (also known as the VIPs for the event) such as:

With no time to hesitate after the entrées, the show was about to start! Commencing with the opening show that saw a preview of all Top Model Junior & Top Model Australia contestants grace the runway. The MC for the day was none other than Pete Lazer, known for his presenting & hosting for the AFL, Cricket Australia, Hyundai A-League, Melbourne Storm, Formula One, Netball Australia and Miss World Australia. Lazer is also the current host of The Great Weekend on Channel 7 & Cricket Network (Big Bash Boom).

After the opening show, there were a plethora of runway events leading up to the top 8 & top 3 announcements.

Below is the event run sheet for the day. This outlines the different types of runway events that were held on Sunday, to give you an idea of how the event ran.

Top Model Junior Event (aged 7-14) dressed by Junior Blvd

Halfway between the runway events, the Main course was served to all guests which was a free-range chicken breast, cauliflower puree, hazelnut dukkah, winter greens, harissa & burnt butter emulsion with petite herbs.

The decision to crown Top Model Australia 2022 is not an easy one for the judges. It is based on select criteria such as; the contestants’ cocktail outfits and high fashion outfits, and their ability to work as a model in the international market (showing that they are adaptable, photogenic and can convey various expressions whilst walking on the runway). The contestants are also judged on the composite cards that they produce and give to the judges before the event, which show their modelling experience in multiple looks alongside all of their modelling information (measurements).

After a day of spectacular runway events, the judges had made their decision (drum roll please) Adhieu Ayuen Jongkuch (omalo) was crowned Top Model Australia 2022. Omalo will go on to compete internationally in London in September and will grace the London Fashion Week catwalk. A huge congratulations to Omalo and we can’t wait to see what she does overseas.

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