DALLAS & SHANGHAI, China, Dec 10, 2011/ — Elite, the world’s largest modeling agency, celebrated this year the 28th anniversary of its renowned Elite Model Look contest.

After castings all over the world (800 cities – 70 countries), it is in the beautiful city of Shanghai that young girls representing the most beautiful rising stars in the Elite Model Management network have gathered to participate in this major fashion industry event.

On December 6th, in the impressive Mercedes Benz Arena, the finalists, selected to represent 70 countries, competed and showed their modeling talents in front of 3,000 guests.

Much more than a fashion show and hosted by Nikki Reed, the Elite Model Look 28th World Final was a spectacular music-entertainment show which seamlessly travelled between runway competitions and vibrant music performances such as a live performance by the international popstar Kylie Minogue and Yundi, a Chinese pianist Maestro renowned all around the world.

The show featured exceptional catwalk sequences from 7 Elite’s Supermodels – Ming Xi, Fei Fei Sun, Magdalena Frackowiak, Michaela Kocianova, Eniko Mihalik, Natasa Vojnovic and Nyasha Matondhoze – and the 70 Elite Model Look finalists.

The finalists were judged by a jury composed of Noemie Lenoir, Top model, Sun Zhe, Editor-in-chief of Grazia China and Vick Mihaci, President Elite Management Worldwide, and progressively eliminated down to 15, then 7, then 3.

One girl in particular, Julia, 15 years old, 1m79 height, dazzled the jury with her elegance, photogenic quality and personality. She was announced as the grand winner of this year’s glamorous contest and will begin her Elite modeling career in hopes of follow the footsteps of Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen, Fei Fei Sun or Constance Jablonski.

List of the 15 winners :
– Elsa / Angola
– Lera / Belarus
– Amra / Bosnia and Herzegonia
– Ariane / Brazil (Top 7)
– Lieve / Chile (3rd runner-up)
– Xiao-Xing / China (Top 7)
– Lenka / Czech Republic (2nd runner-up)
– Josefine / Denmark
– Josephine / France (Top 7)
– Lieke / Holland
– Archana / India
– Pauline / Reunion Island (Top 7)
– Agata / Russia
– Julia / Sweden (Winner)
– Ashley / USA

The World Final is the last round of the Elite Model Look contest where 15 winners will have the privilege of signing a 3 year contract with the Elite group. The top 3 will also win a guaranteed salary of a combined 300,000 euros (150,000 euros – 1st place, 100,000 – 2nd place and 50,000 – 3rd place).