Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 4:08 p.m.
Posing and pouting on a runway in designer duds is a far cry for the striking stunners on supermodel Chrissy Teigen’s new VH1 reality TV competition. Eight tall and trim knockout blondes and brunettes get down and dirty at Mandalay Bay for the eight-episode “Model Employee” that premieres May 8.
Chrissy, the fiancee of singer John Legend, wants to find the one model with brains and brawn to hand over a $100,000 yearlong contract to be the new face as spokeswoman for Mandalay Bay. It won’t be an easy task, though, for pretty princesses Alexis Farmer, Aspen Widowson, Britany Trankino, Jassmine Amos, Johanna Daru, Shannone Holt, Sonja Ewy and Shah Granville.
They are really dropped into it! Or should I say flown into it? In addition to going inside the shark tank at Shark Reef Aquarium to clean it, the glamour girls fly through the air as Charlie Palmer’s wine angels at his restaurant Aureole to deliver rare expensive bottles tableside to surprised diners.
The runway rulers trade their haute couture for basic uniforms and face the dirtiest and most physically exhausting jobs in the back of the house, including sifting through hotel trash to sort out recyclable items.
Meantime, as models, they must forget my champagne and caviar lifestyles, yet still showcase their professional poise, charismatic charm and sexy struts and smiles as they learn the Las Vegas hospitality business from the bottom up. The models thought they were booked for a photo shoot and then surprised with the TV challenge, and the first episode has them clearing a convention ballroom as busers after a big dinner in a 20-minute countdown.
Mandalay Bay Marketing Vice President Patrick Miller is joined by Orbit gum model Vanessa Branch and Amusement Park Entertainment chief Jimmy Smith as the three judges.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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