'America's Next Top Model' Judge Nigel Barker and David's Bridal Crown Houston Teen 'Glamour Girl' for a Day

Contest Winner Monica Lopez Awarded Celebrity-Style Photo Shoot in NYC with

Nigel Barker

May 05, 2008, 01:00 ET from David's Bridal

    CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a nationwide search
 to find the ultimate prom-goer, the David's Bridal "Glamour Girl" contest
 culminated this past week with Nigel Barker, everyone's favorite "America's
 Next Top Model" judge and celebrity fashion photographer, crowning a
 winner. The noted photographer partnered with David's Bridal, the leading
 bridal and special occasion authority, to give one lucky girl the
 opportunity to be the subject of a celebrity-style photo shoot with Barker
 and to receive the prom dress of their choice. Monica Lopez -- a senior at
 DeBakey High School for Health Professionals in Houston, TX -- was selected
 from over 25,000 entries submitted to davidsprom.com by contest hopefuls.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080505/NYM043 )
     The deserving high school senior was chosen by the leading photographer
 -- who shot the David's Bridal prom campaign and served as their
 spokesperson -- based on her presentation style, creativity, fashion sense
 and overall personality. Citing her inspirations to become a model or
 doctor, Monica stood out from the competition because of her strong
 commitment to volunteer work, as well as integral role as the
 editor-in-chief of her high school yearbook. After narrowing down the
 impressive "prom court" to 10 semifinalists, Monica was then chosen as one
 of three finalists, following an online vote on davidsprom.com. She
 clinched the grand prize spot after charming Barker during a phone
 interview. To inform her of her win, Monica received a surprise phone call
 from Nigel Barker himself while shopping for her prom dress at the Houston
 David's Bridal location.
     Following her senior prom, the excitement continued as Monica was flown
 to New York City this past week for the full star treatment at her very own
 photo shoot. After being pampered by Nigel's "Glam Squad" -- which included
 in-studio hair and make-up -- Monica was photographed in a glamorous
 David's Bridal prom dress for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 Fulfilling her life-long dream of becoming a model, she practiced her poses
 with her favorite photographer and worked the camera like a "top model."
 The picture-perfect images from her shoot will be posted on davidsprom.com.
     "We received so many great entries, but we were really impressed with
 Monica's dedication to her studies, vivacious personality and passion to
 help others," said Nigel. "We feel that she is a true role model, so it was
 wonderful that David's Bridal and I were able to give her this opportunity
 to fulfill a dream. Not to mention that she was a natural in front of the
 camera -- we may have just discovered a new model for the ad campaign!"
     The top ten semi-finalists of the "Glamour Girl" Contest also received
 a David's Bridal prom dress, along with a $50 gift certificate towards
 accessories. With over 280 locations nationwide and prom fashion and
 camera-ready tips from Barker available online, David's Bridal makes it
 easy for every girl to have an unforgettable "red carpet" prom experience.
     With more than 50 years of experience, David's Bridal understands the
 importance of providing teens and brides-to-be with a vast selection of
 exquisitely crafted dresses, available at affordable prices. Today, with
 more than 280 locations nationwide, David's Bridal continues to expand its
 retail store locations, while maintaining its philosophy of superior
 quality, value and service. To locate a store nearby, consumers can call
 1.877.706.PROM or visit www.davidsprom.com.

SOURCE David's Bridal