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Britain’s Next Top Model

October 23, 2010

Phew, what a day yesterday at Britain’s Next Top Model Live 2010! I must admit that I have never watched a single episode of BNTM or the American version, but a lot of friends are diehard addicts and I knew both Child One and Child Two would LOVE it.

 We were lucky enough to be invited by our lovely friend Magdalena Rutkowska, who is the official artist at the show and has created some amazing catwalk canvases especially for the event. Magda usually runs exhibitions herself, counts Boris Johnson amongst her many fans and has exhibited at the Royal Academy, so we were privileged to get a personal tour from her.

The girls had a fantastic time posing for mock-up covers of Company magazine, getting glitter tattoos and having stars and hearts painted on their nails. We had freebies of Becca SPF 30 skin block, Thorntons fudge milk chocolate (yum), Simple moisturiser, and some lovely Redfoot fold-up shoes, so clever if you go out in stiletto heels and can’t quite make it back home again the same way. One thing they DIDN’T try was this tadpole foot massage:

We also saw X Factor star Diana Vickers performing live (I’m afraid I’ve surpassed myself with the photo and made the poor girl look like a singing ant) and Aleesha Dixon was there promoting her new jewellery range, which is rather sparkly and fab.

The highlight for the girls was a once-over from Models One, who told them both to come back when they were taller! They were thrilled, as you can imagine. I am not so completely delighted. I’m not sure many mothers dream of putting their children on the catwalk. Not since Kate Moss’s confession that she’d never got to the end of one sober, anyway. But maybe they won’t grow.

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  • Rosie Scribble October 23, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Looks like a fabulous event. I wouldn’t put my daughter on the catwalk unless she really wanted to, but this looks like great fun!

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 4:59 am

      It was really fun – lots of good stalls to look at. I think you’d both like it – perhaps one more than the other 😉

  • Emma October 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Gosh that looks amazing! I’m not sure I’d be happy about my daughter being a model either but whatever makes them happy 🙂

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 5:01 am

      It’s difficult, isn’t it, to get a balance – my girls are very happy on the sofa wolfing chocs and watching Strictly – and me too – but alas I do occasionally have to get them to do something else. Same with the idea of modelling – is it a good idea or not? Well, I suppose I’ll worry about that when Models One is really knocking on my door!

  • Erica October 24, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Looks fab! Do they have a show for everything nowadays?!

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 5:02 am

      I think they pretty much have a show for having a show these days! Mind you, I’m not sure you’ll be saying no to the Strawberry Daiquiri show when that comes to town 😉

  • Metropolitan Mum October 24, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Scary stuff. I am sure you all had a fabulous day, but the thought of little L wanting to be a model freaks the s*** out of me.

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 5:03 am

      Yep, me too, that just about sums it up! It’s all fabulous as long as it doesn’t get tooooo real

  • Metropolitan Mum October 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

    PS: I know. Fags. I heard that smoking while you are supposed to be growing is interfering with said growing.
    PPS: Just trying to be helpful. 🙂 x

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 5:04 am

      Great idea! I’ll get them both started on 20 Benson and Hedges each a day tomorrow. And while I’m at it, I’ll get a pack for Little L too 🙂 x

  • naomi October 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I am so jealous you went. I love the show and would have loved to have seen backstage and the clothes.

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 5:04 am

      It was fab – come along next year!

  • magdalena October 25, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Alice ,thank you and the girls for coming.It was a nice weekend and lots of women spend far to much money.Still,there was a lots of bargains as well.Also after seeing those strange dressed girls and women I do feel much better about my dressing sense ;-)..good therapy.xxx

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 5:06 am

      Yes, there were a lot of fashion faux pas around, definitely we were in the chic corner – thanks so much for the invite, the girls loved it xx

  • Crystal Jigsaw October 26, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I imagine it’s quite an eye-opener, it would be for me anyway.

    CJ xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 5:07 am

      Definitely an eye-opener for us too, from the moment we stepped off the train and realised our heels were at least 6 inches lower than everyone else’s! I imagine it is quite different from life on the farm xx

  • Chic Mama October 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Had tickets but couldn’t get there….sounds as though it was a lot of fun. i definitely would not put my feet in a tadpole massage either. Yuk! I know there is a fish one that eats all the dead skin off of your feet…eeewww. x

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 2, 2010 at 5:08 am

      Oh, what a shame, would have been great to see you. I don’t think the tadpoles were eating dead skin (yeeeesh!) but that’s another very good reason not to put my toes anywhere near them x