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...but Ulster beauty finds making it on to supermodel show's shortlist a TALL order!

By Carol McAllister

Published 14/03/2005

IT will be lights, camera and lip-gloss for one Belfast stunner taking part in the Channel Five's new hit show Make Me a Supermodel.

IT will be lights, camera and lip-gloss for one Belfast stunner taking part in the Channel Five's new hit show Make Me a Supermodel.

Gorgeous beauty adviser and part-time model, Brenda Morrison, features in the first episode of the nine-part fly-on-the-wall series tomorrow.

Hosted by one of the world's most famous models, Rachel Hunter, the show follows the journey of 12 young women who dream of being the next new face of international modelling.

Thousands of wannabe covergirls auditioned for the series in Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Newcastle and London.

And Brenda made it into the final 20 of the competition - but narrowly missed out on her place among the 12 girls ultimately chosen to bid for a top modelling contract with London agency, Select.

Said Brenda (23): "I knew it wasn't going to happen in the end, but I would've liked to have had the experience.

"You never know what can come out of these things. I think you would kick yourself if you didn't give it a try!"

Bubbly Brenda believes it was her height that was the deciding factor.

Standing at a modest 5ft 6ins, Brenda might be regarded as just a few inches too small to be a successful catwalk model.

She added: "I was the smallest person in the final 20.

"Whoever eventually makes the last three will have to take part in a catwalk final - and height is a big factor for catwalk modelling."

It was Brenda's striking looks that first drew the attention of Sarah Leon, head of new faces at Select.

Sarah was in town for the Belfast auditions and spotted Brenda while browsing for make-up in Debenhams, at CastleCourt.

Said Brenda: "Sarah approached me at the Biotherm counter to buy some products and she asked me if I'd be interested in going to London to audition for the competition.

"There were loads and loads of other girls at the audition. It seemed like a lot of the girls outside didn't stand a chance."

Supermodel Rachel Hunter and her team wanted to see how the wannabe beauty queens would cope under pressure.

Added Brenda: "Rachel doesn't suffer fools gladly, and she seems to know the qualities to look for, so I felt the pressure to perform.

"I honestly couldn't believe I'd got that far!"

With so much at stake, the tears and tantrums in the models' house should make this series a must-see for fans of reality TV.

But for now, Brenda is content to watch it from the comfort of her own living-room!

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