Michelle Obama meets Margaret Thatcher in fashion faceoff… on the series premiere of America"s Next Top Model


Michelle Obama meets Margaret Thatcher in fashion faceoff… on the series premiere of America's Next Top Model

The season premiere of America’s Next Top Model pitted British models dressed as their national icons against Stateside rivals last night.

Fourteen former contestants of the British version of the show were flown in to fight it out for the top spot with brand new American hopefuls.

The women had to dress up as patriots and famous countrymen and had the added challenge of striking a pose while bouncing on a mini trampoline.

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War of independence: British and American models were dressed up as historical and contemporary national icons and had to bounce on trampolines in the challenge for the first episode of the new series

Judged by panellists Tyra Banks, PR guru Kelly Cutrone, Nigel Barker and guest Kelly Osbourne, the contestants also had to work with difficult make-up and 'dodgy wigs' as Sophie Sumner, 21, from Oxford, England, described her new hairdo for her transformation as Margaret Thatcher.

She was photographed with Seymone Cohen-Fobish, 18, from Augusta, Georgia, who was styled as Michelle Obama.

The show also saw a camera-wielding, beatnik Andy Warhol shot with the notorious British singer, the late Amy Winehouse.

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First ladies: Seymone, 18, from Georgia (left), as Michelle Obama, and Sophie, 21, from Oxford, England, as Margaret Thatcher, fought for top place

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First class flight: Eboni, 18, from Seattle, looked suitably stylish dressed as Jackie Onassis, and Ashley, 22, from Armadale, Scotland struck a pose as Princess Diana

Queen Elizabeth I and George
Washington, Madonna and Elton John, and Jackie Onassis and Princess
Diana were also featured, sporting period costumes and lifelike
disguises.

Jasmia Robinson, 24, from London, was the first contestant to be voted off the series.

She was styled as Beatles frontman and legendary singer of Imagine, and photographed with Mariah Watchman, 20, who grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, dressed as Pocahontas.

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Voted off: Dressed as John Lennon, Jasmia, 24, from London, was the first contestant to be eliminated on the series. 'I thought there were weaker girls on the shoot than me,' she later said

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British invasion: Judged by panellists Tyra Banks, PR guru Kelly Cutrone, Nigel Barker and guest Kelly Osbourne, the contestants also had to deal with difficult make-up as well as portraying their national icons

In an interview with Digital Spy after
the show, Miss Robinson confessed she felt unfairly judged
for her performance.

'I actually felt like I did capture John
Lennon… if I'm being entirely honest, I didn't think I was going home
at all. I thought there were weaker girls on the shoot than me,' she
said.