Teens with big dreams of being discovered as models will get their chance on Saturday when the 2013 Original Dolly Model Search judges hit Parramatta Westfield.
Dolly magazine editor, Tiffany Dunk, said she and fellow judges — Westfield stylist Donny Galella and managing director of Chadwick Models Martin Walsh — would be faced with a difficult job to choose a NSW finalist from those who entered Sydney’s only audition round.
“The Sydney event always draws the biggest crowd and we really struggle to narrow it down to just one girl,” Ms Dunk said.
The national model search, which has launched the careers of top Australian models including Miranda Kerr and Jessica Hart, will be hosted by Nova’s Smallzy and former Miss Universe Rachael Finch.
Sinead Burgess will perform some of her hit songs.
Entrants need to aged 13 to 18 to be crowned Dolly ambassador.
The prize includes a modelling contract with Chadwick Models, a fashion and cover shoot with Dolly and a trip to New York.
Judging will continue throughout March in Westfield shopping centres in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.
The competition was revived last year after being axed in 2005 by then editor-in-chief, Mia Freedman, who said 13 was too young for girls to become models.
On her website Ms Freedman said the competition sent a negative message to girls that their looks were the most important thing.
A Dolly spokeswoman said this year’s entrants would receive a body image tip sheet as part of the magazine’s commitment to promote positive body image in teens.
Also, the registration form questions entrants on their interests, hobbies, confidence tips and future goals and not on their physical attributes.