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Casting call a chance to shine
Casting call a chance to shine

The cream of WA modelling talent turned out in force last night for the final casting call ahead of the this year's Perth Fashion Festival.

More than 120 models strutted their stuff at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel for a judging panel comprising festival director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan and a host of designers from labels such as Ae'lkemi, One Fell Swoop and Zsadar.


Ms Harvey-Hanrahan said once again they would be focusing on casting healthy models who had "wow" factor.

"I don't want to have a policy where we do have girls that are portraying an unhealthy look," she said.

"The girls have to be a size eight. If they're not, they can't walk for the festival."

The fashion festival has been instrumental in launching the careers of many Perth beauties and in previous years veteran models have returned to WA for the occasion.

The casting call was the first major modelling event for 19-year-old Latasha Crosbie, who said that she was hoping for an opportunity to break into the industry.

"It would mean a lot to me because I've always wanted to be in a proper fashion show," Ms Crosbie said. "Even to get a call back would be huge for me."

About 90 models from agencies Chadwick, Vivien's and Scene will join festival face Nicole Pollard in the final line-up for the seven-day event, which begins on September 19.

The West Australian

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