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Does the fashion world really need another modeling competition to rescue young women from the ranks of gangly teenage obscurity?

THE NEXT 'NEXT TOP MODEL': Does the fashion world really need another modeling competition to rescue young women from the ranks of gangly teenage obscurity? The editors of Visionaire magazine think so, expressing disappointment with all those reality TV model searches they claim only produce commercial talent. So the editors are holding their own contest, called "V A Model! Supreme Management Model Search 2007." The winner will be revealed in January and is expected to walk in many "big-name shows" one month later, during fashion week, said executive editor Julie Anne Quay. She is a judge for the contest, along with V editor in chief (and Harper's Bazaar creative director) Stephen Gan, Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa and international casting director Russell Marsh. Happily, V won't put its readers through yet another televised walk-off. Instead, they'll use the Internet to keep readers informed of developments. Already the field has been narrowed from roughly 500 to five, who went through intensive go-sees. The winner will receive a wardrobe from Calvin Klein Collection, a three-year contract with Supreme Management and a fashion story in V's spring issue, out in March. Quay expects the contest to become an annual affair, and she added that V Man already is planning a male model search for spring, partnering with Wilhelmina Models. — Amy Wicks

DOMINIQUE'S DOMAIN: Adam Moss is calling in some reinforcements for New York magazine's second annual wellness issue: former House & Garden editor in chief Dominique Browning. "The theme is to explore pockets of silence and peace around the city," said Browning, who was about to leave for Paris for a Departures story. "It is really fun to be in that kind of energetic news environment," she added. The issue goes on sale the third week of January, so a newsroom pace will be in order. The lineup hasn't been finalized, but Browning said it would include both regular New York writers and staff and a few House & Garden vets. — Irin Carmon

NEW LIFE: Lifetime television has long been synonymous with melodramatic, made-for-TV movies featuring has-been stars. But things are about to change, if Andrea Wong has anything to do with it. "There was a stigma. Lifetime has long been associated with women in peril. But we want to empower and embrace women," said the entertainment group's new president and chief executive officer, who was featured Monday at a Le Cirque luncheon hosted by La Mer.
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