Elle Macpherson to host 'Britain's Next Top Model'

Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson is taking over from British colleague Lisa Snowdon to host the UK spin-off of Tyra Banks' casting show.

Also known as The Body and with several fashion credentials including her own modeling agency and lingerie label under her belt, Macpherson seems a more appropriate fit for the role than her predecessor, who was predominantly known for being George Clooney's ex-girlfriend.

"I am really enthusiastic and motivated to work with the team of Britain's Next Top Model," Macpherson said in a statement. "We are looking forward to finding the face that can represent the next generation."

Macpherson is no rookie to the small screen: she previously starred in TV shows including Ashton Kutcher's The Beautiful Life (which was quickly taken off the air and has now reverted to a YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/TBL) and the more successful Friends.

BNTM's next series, which will again follow young hopefuls competing for a modeling contract, is expected to air on British channel Living this year.

Meanwhile, creator of the show's original format America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks, has announced a plus-size modeling competition, called Fiercely Real Teen Model, with a video on YouTube. Banks, who says she is committed to "redefining beauty," has produced a petite model version of her casting show in the past, but also attracted negative publicity for her "ethnic" photo shoots.

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