Jessica Rodriguez, daughter Breanna Bunevacz join new U.S. model search series

December 1, 2017 - 11:53 AM
Jessica Rodriguez and Breanna Bunevacz pose in New York City during filming for 'Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid.' (Photo from Breanna's Instagram page)

Former actress and talent manager Jessica Rodriguez and her daughter — rising model and equestrian Breanna Bunevacz — are among the contestants in the new reality show “Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid” set to premiere in the Lifetime channel in the U.S. this January.

This was announced by Breanna herself on her Instagram page Friday morning, Manila time.

Yolanda Hadid — the former model best known as the mother of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid and for her recent stint in the reality show “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” — will present and host the show that will likely draw comparisons to “Project Runway” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

The elder Hadid will take on a mentoring role to aspiring young teenage models with the help of Gigi and Bella. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the eight-episode series follows “six teenagers alongside their ‘momagers’ through an intensive training program focused on the physical, mental, and emotional strength needed to create a successful brand as a model, something Hadid and her children know all too well.”

All the contestants and their mothers will also live under one roof. Up for grabs is “a weekly US$5,000 prize for their future careers, the gift of winning a management contract with Hadid, plus the potential opportunity to be represented by IMG models in New York.”

Breanna, 14, has been getting a lot of media buzz since early this year, particularly for her towering frame and her striking resemblance to yes, Gigi Hadid.

This did not come as a surprise to many as Breanna’s mother, Jessica, was a former ramp model who even competed in the 1986 Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant. Her father, David Bunevacz, was a former and model in his youth. In 2007, he got embroiled in a controversy involving his partners in a cosmetics clinic in Makati that led him and his family to leave for the U.S.

Like her father, Breanna was also athletically inclined as she started training to be an equestrian when she was young. She has been winning several competitions since she was 10.

Breanna later took acting and modeling lessons in preparation for her modeling career.

Watch Breanna and Jessica in the “superteaser” for “Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid” here: