Ford models supermodel of the world: Bangalore girl Shubra Aiyappa conquers the Indian leg

Mumbai, November 28, 2005: In a glittering ceremony at the InterContinental, Mumbai - Shubra Aiyappa from Bangalore was chosen as the winner for the Indian Round of the Ford Model Supermodel of the World Contest 2005, presented by ZOOM. Mumbai girl Afsha Khan was the first runner up, while Shrestha Paul from Kolkatta was selected as the second runner up.

Shubra will fly to New York in January 2006, and compete with girls from 45 other countries, for the hugely respected title of the Ford Supermodel of the World. Other than the prestigious title Shubra will also be competing for a cash prize of $ 250,000 and a modeling contract with the prestigious Ford Models.

Some of experts on the jury were Fashion czars, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Actor/Dancer Isha Sharvani, Iris Miner, Director, Ford- New York and Pooja Batra amongst others. All the thirteen finalists have been going through rigorous training for the last 1 month, with specialists like - Sheetal Malhar, Achala Sachdeva, Marvie Beck, Avan Contractor, Nandita Mahtani, Gavin Miguel and Sanjeev Mulchandani.You can watch all the excitement of the contest at 7:00 pm on Zoom, on Saturday 4th December.

Iris Minier, Director of Ford agency is in India and will be on the jury for the final contest. Speaking on the occasion Ms. Minier said, "I am delighted to be in India and be involved in selecting the Indian representative for the Ford Models Supermodel of the World. I believe Indian girls, apart from being beautiful, are confident and intelligent."

Ford models has always been ahead of its time and launched their first international model search in 1980. Their 90's search evolved into "Supermodel of the World". The Ford Models Supermodel of the World Contest is currently spread across over 50 countries, making it one of the most respected model hunts in the world. The top award for the contest is a cash prize of $ 250,000 and a modeling contract with Ford Models.

Founder Ellen Ford, a living legend in the fashion industry and her daughter Katie Ford take personal interest in every minute detail of the contest. This is one of the key reasons that the Ford Models Supermodel of the World continues to be one of the most respected contests on International platform.

The models found in the Supermodel of the World search have graced the covers of the most prominent magazines and appeared in a good number of hi - profile campaigns. Ford has launched some of the most glamorous faces in the world, many of whom have become successful Hollywood stars and illustrious models. Sharon Stone, Christy Turlington, Kim Basinger, Melaine Griffith, Brooke Shields, Rahel Hunter, Jerry Hall and her daughter Elizabeth Jagger are a few famous faces launched by The Ford Agency.

InterContinental The Grand Mumbai hospitality partner for the prestigious Ford Models Supermodel of the World, exudes of Asia's largest Atrium Lobby reflecting sheer luxury and opulence. Comprising of 369 guestrooms, 21 luxurious apartments all are an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary furnishing. With 5 Food & Beverage outlets, Sutra - the Night Club, Rejuve - SPA, SNIP - the unique salon, Box Office - the Preview Theatre and state of art Banquet & Conference facilities, just add to a truly stylish & magnificent experience.

For further details please contact:

Pooja Parekh/ Zahra Hooda

Good Relations (I) Pvt. Ltd.

Tel: 23535971-77

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