“WINNERS” of the CYNTHIA BAILEY MODEL SEARCH…
From The Birmingham News:
Paris Williams waited nearly eight hours today before learning he had been selected as one of four finalists in Cynthia Bailey’s model search at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
“I was impatient at first, but once it came down to it, I knew it was definitely worth it. It was worth the wait,” said Williams, a student at Jefferson State Community College. ”I’m very excited. It’s a once in a lifetime thing.”
Williams, 22, of Town Creek, was one of more than 250 people in attendance at today’s model call. A fifth finalist will be selected on Sunday as part of a “Wild Card” selection during seminars designed to teach people what it takes to make it in runway and print modeling and commercials.
Sunday’s workshops will start at 10 a.m. in the South Meeting Halls of the BJCC. The cost will be $175.
Alabama native and model Cynthia Bailey created the model search as a way to give people from smaller towns, a shot at the big time. Bailey, 44, was born in Decatur and grew up in the Shoals before heading to New York to launch a modeling career nearly 25 years ago. She’s traveled the globe and currently appears on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. The reality show Sundays at 8 p.m.
Bailey kicked off her model search in Birmingham as a nod to her home state. She will also search for models in New Orleans, Jackson, Miss., Nashville, Charlotte and Atlanta.
Five finalists will be selected from each city. One winner will selected during final judging in Atlanta in May. The winner will receive $10,000, a one-year modeling contract, an editorial spread in Vibe Vixen magazine and a photo shoot with a celebrity fashion photographer.
People of all heights and sizes turned out for today’s call.
Judges asked participants to not only walk but also show their personality. They were looking for someone with individuality and strong features. They were also looking for someone who is photogenic.
“We are just looking for someone who stands out from the crowd. It’s hard to say what that is. It’s just that when you see it, you know it,” Bailey said.
Several people showed up early today for judging. But, judging was delayed. Bailey explained why it took a while to see contestants.
At first, Bailey started out with talking to all of the contestants during the group judging, wanting to know why they came out for the search. Such attention delayed the judging of other groups. She eventually changed that approach in an effort to see more groups at a faster pace, but still connecting with contestants. She added that delays do happen in model calls.
In the end, she and the judges said they were satisfied with their selection. ”I really enjoyed it,” said judge Tameka Raymond, owner the Atlanta boutiques, Estella, and the former wife of R&B singer Usher. ”I wished we could have had three more (finalists) because I loved them.”
Other finalists include: Mia Rutledge, 30, of Crestwood; Finn Jasele, 23, of Forestdale; and Courtney Guidy, 16, of Pinson. Some of those not making today’s final four, plan to return on Sunday for a shot at the ”Wild Card” selection and to learn from experts in the fashion and beauty industry.
A camera crew attended today’s events, filming the judging and other scenes. Peter Thomas, Bailey’s husband, said they were taking footage for a model show the couple plans to shop around to networks. They plan to call it “The Cynthia Bailey Model Search.”
NOTE: After the post re Cynthia Bailey’s “Model Search” appeared on SH January 17… here… Cynthia tweeted that “some site” (SH) is reporting “inaccuracies” re her “Model Search” scheme. SH tweeted back asking Ms. Bailey to please point out any inaccuracies as the information contained in the January 17 post was taken from HER website. (The twitter exchange is included in the link to the January 17 post.)
I then heard from Ms. Bailey’s management informing me that there is a $25 entry fee, which was not highlighted. Hmmm… all information re the fees was posted; however, in fairness to Ms. Bailey and her management team, the post was edited to point out the $25 fee.
If you will notice, the above information… taken from the Birmingham News… does NOT mention a $25 entry fee.
Nor does the Birmingham News mention that Cynthia and husband, Peter Thomas, are taking these very hopeful model-wanna-bes for a ride.
Just from personal experience… I know that NO legitimate modeling agency will EVER ask you for money. Personally, I was spotted in a department store and was asked to model. I had no portfolio… and I had no experience. Photos were taken… at no cost to me.
If anyone asks for money for YOU to get your foot in the door in ANY aspect of the fashion and/or modeling world… RUN!
Don’t believe me??? WATCH THIS…