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Abbey Clancy shocked herself by being a strict Britain's Next Top Model judge

Abbey Clancy has praised Britain's Next Top Model's first transgender competitor Talulah-Eve Brown as "inspirational".

Abbey Clancy surprised herself by how strict she was with hopefuls on the new series of Britain's Next Top Model.

The 31-year-old blonde beauty returns to the panel of the programme for the 2017 series, with the show kicking off on Lifetime on Thursday night (16Mar17).

When it comes to her judging style Abbey, who found fame on Britain's Next Top Model herself before making a name for herself as a presenter, model and wife of footballer Peter Crouch, didn't hold back when it came to giving the models advice on how to proceed in the competition.

However, she believes it's her daughters - six-year-old Sophia and 21-month-old Liberty - who have made her such a no holds barred judge.

"I didn’t think I’d be as harsh - I’m a mum, I’ve got two girls. Pete’s the pushover,” she said during an interview on This Morning on Thursday. "I’m the same with the girls, they’re 18 and I want them to absorb as much as possible.

"I think you’ve got to love modelling because it’s a tough job being based solely on the way you look and being pulled apart. You’ve got to have a tough skin, be fit, healthy. It’s a crash course, I just wanted them to listen."

But she added: "They’re a good bunch, I’m really excited about it."

Among the new recruits is transgender model Talulah-Eve Brown, with Abbey insisting the bosses had no idea about her gender identity until she told the rest of the girls in the house.

"She was picked solely on the way she looked and her personality, she had the most incredible skin and bone structure," Abbey raved. "We only found out she was transgender afterwards, when she told the girls in the house. She's inspirational and she's been empowering women - it's all about different girls and visions of beauty."

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