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TV3 coup as catwalk queen Caprice steps into Style Wars role

Supermodel Caprice will be the new judge on TV3's Style Wars, the Diary can reveal.

Platinum blonde Ms Bourret (38) will be putting our aspiring fashionistas through their paces after signing up for the small screen gig.

TV3 is over the moon after nabbing the star to front the forthcoming programme, which they hope will rival RTE's Off The Rails. A/Wear designer Peter O'Brien has also come on board as a judge, as has Angela Woods.

Caprice, whose exes include Rod Stewart and Prince Andrew, won't be holding back when it comes to telling our style wannabes exactly where they're going wrong.

The show will see ten contestants completing a range of tough tasks as they battle it out each week to stay in the show and win the yet-to-be decided overall prize.

"She is going to have a touch of realism in that she knows exactly how the industry works, she knows how tough it is to make it and she'll be trying to prepare people for that," said an insider. "It was great to get her for the show. She's very high profile in America and the UK and is someone who has turned her whole career around. She started off as a model but has become a businesswoman who has her own fashion line."

A call for entries has now gone out for willing participants who want to take part in the show.

Toto Productions is appealing for everyone from aspiring designers to fashion stylists as well as those in fashion journalism.

While Caprice will take centre stage, a host of contributors from the world of modelling, television and showbiz will also appear.

The top model jetted into Dublin this morning for a press call at the Dylan Hotel where she was officially unveiled as the main judge of the programme, which is due to air on June 1. Caprice began life as an underwear model, featuring on the covers of publications such as Sports Illustrated, before branching out in 2000 to design her own skimpy range 'By Caprice'.

It hasn't been all plain sailing for her though -- she recently admitted that her company ran into financial trouble last year and said it was touch and go for a while.

"I buy in dollars and sell in sterling so just in exchange rate alone, my losses were £1.5m and that was just the exchange rate," she said.

"Being a businesswoman is definitely not as easy as modelling, but I am proud of myself for seeing it through."

-- MF