FINALISTS in the Fiji Fashion Week Miss Teen Model will have their portfolios sent to Australian modelling company, AMG that operates out of Double Bay in Sydney.
Fiji Fashion Week managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight made the comments after the Miss Teen Model Competition got off to an impressive start on Friday night.
"This will be an opportunity for the girls to gain further experience and it could also act as a springboard should they wish to pursue further careers in modelling," she said.
She said the first round of judging had been a complete success.
"The turnout was absolutely massive, it exceeded our expectations."
"We had about 160 applicants and 140 turned up for the judging."
"We organised the girls into three rounds of judging and from there we picked 32 semi-finalists for the finals next week," she said.
The winner of the competition will get $1000 as well as a two-year modelling contract with Models Fiji.
Mrs Whippy-Knight said the objective of the Miss Teen Model competition was to scout for new models for Fiji Fashion Week and to also build up the model data base for Models Fiji.
"This competition will also help to bring out their confidence and self esteem and through it they'll also learn how to handle themselves in public," said Mrs Whippy-Knight.
She said the girls were judged on their posture, whether they had an even balanced walk and good bone structure.