Over 34 aspiring models between the ages of 13 and 30 turned up at 107.1’s Model U fashion and model workshop on Saturday.
At the seminar, Sports Illustrated supermodel Jessica White said, ‘The response from the girls was amazing. They were eager to learn, to find out what we had to offer and what modelling was all about.
‘If they take everything that Selita and I and what some of the other people have told them they will be very successful.
‘Modelling prospect Nicosia Lawson found the seminar helpful. ‘I was taught a lot of interesting facts about the modelling industry, the good, the bad and the hard work. ‘I also learned to beware of things, ask questions, open your eyes, take things as they come, be professional in what you do and remember modelling is a business, it is not just walking the catwalk,’ she said.
Not all the girls felt the same way about the Model U workshop. While one applicant found the workshop educational, another said that the registration fee of $200 was a high price to pay for what she said was a lack of professionalism.
Another prospect said, ‘I though it would be more than this, all I got was a headshot photo taken to make a portfolio…’
She was told by an X107.1 representative that the people doing the work were professionals, and that models may be chosen from the pictures taken. She said she felt that was not enough.
Held at the Westin Hotel, the workshop offered a chance for attendees to be scouted by two top New York modelling agencies, have their photo taken by an international fashion photographer, meet with top Caymanian model Selita Ebanks and US model Jessica, get help in starting a portfolio, learn how to strut like a supermodel and receive X-Pac goodies giveaways.
Besides showing the girls how to professionally apply makeup supermodel Selita instructed the girls on how to get started, how modelling works, what to do when approached by agents, how not be taken advantage of and many other aspects of modelling.
X107.1’s marketing director, Kole Porter, said the six-hour seminar workshop was for young females and males who were serious about becoming models and learning about the modelling industry.
‘The scouts from New York will take the photos back and if they are interested the girls will get a call back. If chosen, an interview will either be conducted in Cayman or New York,’ he said.
Originally from Buffalo New York, Jessica also shared with the girls how she got started at the age of 14 at a talent competition.
‘It is really a hard business but at the same time very promising, you can make good money,’ she advised.