Lingerie jitters take their toll
Hazel O'Connell

The pressure began to tell last night in the Australia's Next Top Model competition, when the girls faced their first lingerie shoot.

The show's fourth double elimination saw Izzy Vesey and Hazel O'Connell, pictured, leave the competition, whittling it down to the final four.

"We've had so many double eliminations, so we weren't really expecting another. But as selfish as it sounds, it was really nice to go out with someone else," 21-year-old Vesey told Access All Areas.

Posing in lingerie with international model Alexandra Agoston as their mentor, tears were spilt as the girls began to buckle under the pressure.

"None of us felt all that comfortable doing the shoot because we didn't know how to pose for lingerie," O'Connell said.

Vesey added: "I think everyone got upset for different reasons. Lingerie is so about being sexy and confident, so if you don't have that it really shows. Having Alexandra there was also very daunting. It certainly added pressure."

With just two weeks left in the competition, both girls are disappointed to be leaving but accept that at this stage there's simply no room for mistakes.

"We all know that you have to be giving 100 per cent in every shoot if you want to be staying on in the competition. . . you can't have one bad week," O'Connell said.

"It's hugely disappointing for me, but I saw my photo and I think my elimination was really fair," said Vesey, who hasn't been convinced that every week in the competition has been as just.

"At times I haven't felt like the judges have been fair in their comments, or their choosing of the photos," the fiery redhead added.

The door to the model house may have closed, but many more are opening for the budding beauties. While 16-year-old O'Connell, the baby of the house, starts Year 12 today, Queensland-born Vesey plans a move to Sydney with her boyfriend to pursue modelling.

The West Australian

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