Sophie Sumner was born on January 15, 1990 in Oxford, England, and is a British fashion model. She first came into the public eye as the runner-up of Cycle 5 of Britain's Next Top Model. She later won Cycle 18 of America's Next Top Model.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Born on 15 January 1990 in Oxford, England, the daughter of Lloyd Sumner, an electrician, and Nancy (née Redman), an English teacher. She has three siblings, all of whom are younger: Anna, Jeffrey, and Joseph. Sumner spent the majority of her early years in Oxford, England. She studied at Headington School, a private boarding school for girls, in Oxford where she met and befriended Harry Potter actress Emma Watson. Throughout her time at Headington School, Sumner was occasionally mocked for her slim figure and mousy brown hair. But being an active member of the school's field hockey team increased her self-esteem drastically. After going on a summer vacation to Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada Sumner began colouring her hair blonde. Sumner had plans to complete a degree at Exeter University, but decided to defer it to focus on modelling after successfully auditioning for Britain's Next Top Model.
Reality TV[edit | edit source]
Britain's Next Top Model[edit | edit source]
Sumner was a part of the cast of Britain's Next Top Model, Cycle 5, and was the 10th girl chosen to enter the top model house, due to her unconventional and unique look. However, Sumner's first week in the main part of the competition was a negative one, as Sumner struggled at the photoshoot and produced a photo deemed weak. It was in the 4th episode that Sumner became a true stand-out, with her photo being deemed as the best in the bunch, earning her a first-call out. Afterwards, Sumner avoided the bottom two and produced strong photographs, but notably landed in the bottom two again in episode 8, for her seemingly bad attitude and know-it-all personality; however, the judges rejected the idea of Sumner being a know-it-all, saving her from the bottom two. Sumner made it all the way to the final 2, but was beaten by Mecia Simson.
America's Next Top Model[edit | edit source]
Sumner was chosen as one of the 7 British All-Stars to compete in America's Next Top Model, Cycle 18, along with her fellow Cycle 5 contestants, Annaliese and Ashley. The judges regard her personality as "lit up a room", leading to her being labelled as "Illuminata" by Tyra Banks herself. Sumner earned a total of 2 first call-outs (center piece at a party tooch photoshoot, and Dream Come True photoshoot), 4 second call-outs, and 3 third call-outs. Her consistency, personality, runway walk and portfolio led to Sumner becoming the eighteenth winner of the show, over Laura LaFrate.
Simultaneously, Sumner became the first foreign winner of the show. Sumner's win also meant that quite like other winners such as Jaslene Gonzalez, McKey Sullivan, Nicole Fox, Krista White,and Jourdan Miller she was the fifth winner without any appearances in the show's bottom two.
After Top Model[edit | edit source]
Sumner's debut single, 'Aiming For You' is now on iTunes, her Vogue Italia photos are featured in the August 2012 issue, and her CoverGirl ad will be featured on billboards all over the U.S., as will her ad for the America's Next Top Model perfume, Dream Come True. Sumner has stated that she is moving to the States and is currently deciding whether to move to New York City or Los Angeles. She is also currently active in raising funds for Breast Cancer Research with the help of her pink dog, Darcy. She created a fund raising page on a website of Cancer Research UK which she named PinkDarcyDog. In 2012, Sophie was seen playing Deepika Padukone's friend in the Bollywood movie Cocktail. She had dancing sequences and scenes in the movie as Deepika's close friend. However, Sumner — with co-stars Allison Harvard and Dominique Reighard — was featured and walked in the 25th anniversary of Bench Universe-2012 Denim and Underwear Show in September. In December of the same year, Sumner became a covergirl for MEG Magazine for their frosty December 2012/January 2013 issue.
Sophie also attended fashion show in Montego Bay for Cycle 19 with final three contestants and eliminated contestants.
In 2013, Sumner opened the runway and wore the designs of Singaporean designer Frederick Lee during the finale of Asia's Next Top Model, Cycle 1.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Sumner was born and raised in Oxford, England. However, she currently resides in New York City and travels frequently for modeling purposes. She has a dog named Darcy, which she frequently dyes bubblegum pink, matching her own hair color, which frequently is dyed either blonde or pink. Her natural hair color is light brown. Sumner has lived with and is close friends with actress Emma Watson and model Andrej Pejić.