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3 June 2013

South Africa to host Africa's Next Top Model

It was recently announced that the reality series Africa’s Next Top Model will be filmed on location in South Africa.

Scenic Cape Town, a backdrop for Africa's Next Top Model

South Africa is proud and delighted to be the host destination of Africa’s Next Top Model. We welcome the Africa’s Next Top Model contestants, crew and eager African viewers to South Africa. – Thulani Nzima, CEO of South African Tourism

Production on the reality series Africa's Next Top Model will begin in Cape Town in August 2013. CBS Studios recently announced it has licensed the African format rights for the hugely successful America's Next Top Model reality series to New York-based Lulu Productions, with Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Orlandi as host and executive producer.

CBS reports that the series will be shot primarily on location in South Africa, with South African Tourism one of the main sponsors. Aspiring models from a number of African countries, including South Africa, will go through rigorous casting sessions in search of a bold African beauty to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Iman and Orlandi.

Orlandi was just 17 when she won M-Net’s 'Face of Africa' modelling competition, and went on to make a name for herself as an international supermodel, gracing the covers of Sports Illustrated, Elle and Italian Vogue.

Says Orlandi: 'I am excited to be hosting Africa's Next Top Model and it is great to be part of the successful America's Next Top Model franchise that Tyra Banks created and has hosted for an impressive 20 cycles thus far in the US.'

Africa's Next Top Model is a wonderful showcase for South Africa. Thulani Nzima, CEO of South African Tourism, says, 'South Africa is proud and delighted to be the host destination of Africa's Next Top Model. We welcome the Africa's Next Top Model contestants, crew and eager African viewers to South Africa.

'We know they are going to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of our land, the warmth of our welcoming people who call it home, the sophistication and capability of our cities, and the abundance of beautiful experiences that await them in South Africa. We wish them a memorable visit!'

Africa's Next Top Model will air pan-regionally in Africa on the M-Net Africa Magic channels later this year.