Skinny jeans. Check.
Tiny top. Check.
Sky-high heels. Check.
It appeared a good 80 per cent of the aspiring models participating in the FASHFEST model casting on Sunday got the memo.
The four judges: Victoria Schnabl of Victoria’s Models, Andrea Hutchinson, co-founder of FASHFEST and founder of Haus Models, photographer Leighton Hutchinson, and photographer and founder of Devojka Models Tina Nikolovski have the difficult task of narrowing about almost three hundred hopefuls down to about one hundred models who will walk the FASHFEST runway in September.
An open casting such as this is only as diverse as its registrants. While plenty of young, thin, beautiful girls were on hand, there was little diversity in the size or age of model hopefuls on the day. A notable exception was Bree Winchester from the Canberra Times, who stormed her curvaceous, thirty-nine year old self down the runway, all in the name of journalism (read about her experience here.) There was, however, a big win for ethnic diversity, and as for gender diversity, there were quite a few men in attendance.
One male model that we spoke to revealed that it wasn’t until he was approached by an agency that he considered giving modeling a try. After recovering from his initial shock at being scouted, Lukas, 19, has since embraced every opportunity to model. ‘I like how there are so many different people who model,’ he explained. ‘I like the vibe that happens here, I like that it’s an opportunity to show off your style.’
And show off their style some models did. One such who commanded our attention was a girl wearing a Yeezus t-shirt, black skinny jeans and clompy boots who walked the runway while chewing gum and oozing an ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude. Others made the ubiquitous model casting uniform work for them, using colour, print and even their hair to stand out.
We sent our photographer out to gather some of the more candid moments from today’s casting.
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Our illustrator Lexi Keelan was also sketching away. Stay tuned for something special from her coming soon.
FASHFEST 2017 will be taking place from the 28 – 30 September.