Caymanians strike a pose for model-search show

During the first season of the model-search television series Caribbean’s Next Top Model, Caymanian Traveen Stewart stole the show. On Wednesday evening, close to 30 aspiring models came out to Grand Old House for a live casting call for the show’s second season, hoping to show the judges that the Cayman Islands can come out on top again. 

Candidates at the casting call got their first taste of what it’s like to be in the limelight. Cameramen filmed the audition process, which began with an individual photoshoot before the girls were invited to strut their stuff for the judges. 

Nateisha Foster, 23, from George Town, said she was “a bit jittery but did well” in front of the judges, and hopes her confidence and strong personality will set her apart from the other contestants. Her modelling tip? “Just be natural.”  

Four local stars in the fashion industry were there to judge the Caymanian contestants: “Beyond the Red Carpet” host Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden, former Miss Cayman Nicosia Lawson, professional makeup artist Stephanie Ford, and fashion designer Isy Obi of Isy B.  

After demonstrating a runway walk, the judges chatted with each contestant, asking them why they wanted to be Caribbean’s Next Top Model. The candidates were also asked: what three adjectives best describe you? 

Patri-gail Allen, 19, from Bodden Town, knew just which adjectives to use. She described herself as “eccentric, determined, and eclectic,” and said she’ll “bring pizazz to the runway.” She said she’s obsessed with fashion and high-end models, but has a solid backup plan, too. No matter what happens with the show, the recent graduate hopes to pursue a career in law.  

Shanice Kelly, 23, from Bodden Town described herself as “composed, passionate, and patient.” Ms. Kelly is a fan of the show, because she thinks it’s a great way for Caribbean models and designers to get international exposure.  

“There’s a lot of creative people in the region,” said Ms. Kelly, who hopes to help nurture regional talent by pursuing a career in fashion management.  

Patricia Plummer, 27, from George Town says her strength will set her apart from other contestants, and that she came “full force” into the audition.  

She said she has “the glow, the energy,” that’s required of a top model, and is “ready to show the world what I’m able to do.”  

“I want to be an ambassador to my fellow Caymanians,” Ms. Plummer said. “I want to lift up young women.”  

Caribbean women between the ages of 18 to 27 are eligible to audition. Producers are primarily looking for candidates who are 5 feet 7 inches or taller, but may make some exceptions on a case-by-case basis.  

The show, which first aired in 2013, is part of the America’s Next Top Model franchise created by Tyra Banks. It is produced by former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam and her sister, Dionyse Fitzwilliam, and the first season was shot in the sisters’ home country of Trinidad and Tobago. This season will be sponsored by telecommunications company Flow.  

Live casting calls are also being held in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and producers aim to cast around 30 girls. Hopefuls who missed the live casting call can apply online at www.carribbeansnexttopmodel.com. The show will begin airing in October. 

Top row: Contestants Kristina Wright, Thia McLaughlin, Patricia Plummer, Yasenia Herrera and Shanice Kelly. Bottom Row: Judges Nicosia Lawson, Isy Obi, Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden and Stephanie Ford.

Top row: Contestants Kristina Wright, Thia McLaughlin, Patricia Plummer, Yasenia Herrera and Shanice Kelly. Bottom Row: Judges Nicosia Lawson, Isy Obi, Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden and Stephanie Ford.
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