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'It's not just a sewing competition anymore' - Heidi Klum on taking fashion TV to the next level

Bairbre Power looks at the new generation of fashion reality TV and speaks to Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, the duo behind the latest addition to this growing genre

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Presenter Heidi Klum with mentor Tim Gunn

Presenter Heidi Klum with mentor Tim Gunn

Presenter Heidi Klum with mentor Tim Gunn

My job as a fashion editor usually runs parallel to the fashion industry. I observe its calendar, chronicle its changes, call out style over substance - but fashion television has never been 'my thing'.

I've always seen it as a somewhat jaded genre and I blame the endless makeover reality shows for that. And to be honest, I'm as guilty as the next air-kissing fashionista when it comes to promoting these kind of set-ups. For five years, I presented a weekly fashion slot on RTÉ's Afternoon Show. How many bags of new trends, slim-you-down, cheer-you-up clothes did I drag out to Montrose?

And then there were makeovers. Confidence builders? Yes. But I, like so many people, gave up watching these kind of ugly-duckling-to-swan transformations years ago.