Wanted: 13 Top Model hopefuls
By SARAH HARVEY - Sunday Star Times
Soon there will be 13 more. Thirteen new names, new faces, new personalities - and a whole lot more opportunity for people to air their opinions about who is too thin, too fat and just plain not good enough.
Yes, a new series of New Zealand"s Next Top Model is about to begin. But, for now, most of the secrets about the show are being kept firmly under wraps.
Things are so tight that presenter and judge Sara Tetro even fibbed to her two daughters last year so they wouldn"t spill to their classmates that she was in the US on a Top Model mission, not in Fiji as she had told them.
"Yes, I blatantly lied to my kids," Tetro said last week. "The period of time we are filming the show is quite all-encompassing. I have to make sure I split myself between home-Sara, agent-Sara and Top Models-Sara."
The show will screen on TV3 later this year and will once again see 13 girls (or boys, maybe) go through a series of model assignments in order to be crowned New Zealand"s "next top model".
Online registrations for the show have topped 800 people and there will be auditions in eight centres from June 5. And, says Tetro, there are "definitely" enough good-looking women left in New Zealand to keep the show going for another series.
However, the judges are open, Tetro said, to the possibility of males applying. Meanwhile, last year"s talent are doing well for themselves.
Last year"s winner Christobelle Grierson-Ryrie, 17, has been completing Year 13 at Auckland"s private Diocesan School for Girls, and in her spare time has been flitting to New York and Sydney and working in runway shows for big names such as designer Trelise Cooper.
Ruby Higgins, 19, from Hawke"s Bay, who was fourth last year, has been a presenter for music TV channel C4 at events such as New Zealand Fashion Week and Big Day Out, and has done some runway and commercial work.
Auckland-based Laura Scaife, 21, who was runner-up, has spent the past year modelling and working for an internet provider.
* AUDITIONS: Auckland: June 5, ASB Showgrounds, 10am-3pm, or June 6, Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1-6pm; Christchurch: June 7, Heritage Hotel, 10am-3pm; Dunedin: June 8, Kingsgate Hotel, 3-8pm; Queenstown: June 9, Heritage Hotel, 3-8pm; Nelson: June 10, Rutherford Hotel, 3-8pm; Wellington: June 11, Museum Hotel, 3-8pm; Napier: June 12, The Crown Hotel, 11am-4pm; Tauranga: June 13, The Sebel Trinity Wharf, 10am-3pm.