By Susanah Jane Lapa
Who will be in the running to become Silliman’s next top model?
This will be answered in the first ever campus modelling search organized by the Renaissance Youth Leaders Forum (RYLF) and the
Silliman Junior Business Executives (SJBE).
Al Rey Rosano, event chairperson, said that their main objective is to gather potential models in the campus and give them the opportunity to enhance their modelling skills.
“Our goal is to coax those shy individuals out of their shells. There are many aspiring models that just need the motivation. We want to enhance their confidence and give them an opportunity to become successful models in the future,” he said.
Inspired by the popular television show, “America’s Next Top Model” hosted by fashion magnate and supermodel Tyra Banks, Silliman’s Next Top Model will feature 10 female students from SU as well as local make-up artists and photographers to give them a chance to showcase their talents.
Valerie Dolor, a junior business management student and an avid fan of the reality TV series, is eager to join the competition.
“I always watch America’s Next Top Model. When you look at it, it seems easy to just pose for a picture but every shot actually needs character. . . I’m chubby and I was hesitant to join at first but every time I remember what Tyra Banks said, which is ‘love your body,’ I get encouraged. I thought I’d give it a shot,” she said.
To join the competition, the contestant must be a bonafide female student of Silliman University, enrolled this semester, at least 16 years old and at least 5 feet 6 inches in height. Contestants with past modelling experiences will be accepted as long as they are
not currently in a contract with an agency.
As a spin-off of America’s Next Top Model, the competition will include similar mechanics.
There will be a weekly challenge and evaluation of each model’s performance. The judges’ panel will be composed of one permanent
judge, one guest judge who is a fashion expert and one guest photographer of the week who will decide who has the best photo.
The themes of the competition will also incorporate the five C’s of Silliman education: classroom, church, (athletic) court, cultural
center, and community.
Registration forms will be made available online and at the SU Student Government office.
Screening begins on Dec. 5-7 at the Oriental Hall.