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Perth's Julieanne Naszniew, Raenea Kickett, Michaela Whitby, Hannah Roach and Charlotte Jacob. Picture: Mogens Johansen/The West Australian

The humid weather proved no deterrent for dozens of hopeful WA beauties who braved yesterday's steamy temperatures to audition for Australia's Next Top Model.

Two hundred girls converged on Forrest Place in the city for the Perth auditions, the first leg of the reality show's nationwide model search which will wrap up in Melbourne next week.

Flying into town yesterday in search of local talent was Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson - a former model herself - who was joined by David Cunningham and Jeni Rose from renowned international agency IMG Models, which has represented the likes of Gemma Ward, Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum.

Dawson said she was impressed by the turnout.

"We got a really diverse range of amazing girls - they never, never disappoint," she said. "Every year, it gets better and the contestants are a lot stronger. I think having watched the show, girls understand that modelling is a thing which doesn't necessarily have the prettiest girl in the school . . . it's a different look, so a lot of the diverse-

looking girls turn up and get through.

"There's so many girls who don't believe they've got what it takes and don't believe they're model material and come along with their friends and maybe they're the good ones."

Rose said the pool of modelling talent at yesterday's audition was "promising".

"We know that Perth is a place where there are always gorgeous girls, so the bar is very high," she said. "We were really excited with the girls we found, some girls just came to watch and we were able to pick them out of the crowd as well."

A total of 21 Perth girls were chosen to go through to the next stage and will vie for a spot on the show once the national auditions have finished.

Now coming into its eighth season, the series has been responsible for turning out successful Aussie model exports, including North Fremantle-raised Tahnee Atkinson who won the fifth season.

In November, it was announced that Miss Universe winner and Myer ambassador Jennifer Hawkins would step in as the new host following the departure of former host Sarah Murdoch, which saw the series take a hiatus last year while a replacement was sought.

The show will air on Foxtel's FOX8 channel later this year.