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Port and Beckford join Top Model

Reality TV star Whitney Port and US model Tyson Beckford are set to join Elle Macpherson and Julien Macdonald for the next series of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model.

The City star Whitney and industry veteran Tyson will replace former judges Grace Woodward and model Charley Speed when the show returns to screens this summer.

Whitney - who has also launched her own clothing range - said: "I'm a huge fan of the show and am honoured to be in the company of the talented fellow judges and host, all fashion figures and designers I admire. As a designer and someone who loves fashion, this is a role I'm really looking forward to. Plus any chance to spend more time in the UK is an added bonus."

Tyson, who guest-judged on last season's series, added: "It's fantastic to be taking on a permanent role on the panel this year and I'm looking forward to finding the next editorial star."

Elle will continue her reign as host and mentor for the third time, as hopefuls battle it out to win a Models 1 contract, a cover shoot with Company magazine and campaigns with Revlon and Miss Selfridge.

Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model: Series 8 is now in production, and will air this summer on Sky Living.

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