Short women gathered in great numbers at the Stevens Convention Center Wednesday morning in hopes of becoming America's Next Top Model.
The CW reality series, created by Tya Banks, gives women an opportunity to prove that they can make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of supermodeling.
This time around, Banks has said that she wants to give shorter women a chance, dismissing the notion that all models are long and lanky.
The reality series exposes the transformation of everyday young women into potentially fierce supermodels, as they face weekly tests that determine who can make the cut (and all the drama that goes with it).
With mentoring by Tyra Banks and exposure to high-profile fashion-industry gurus, the finalists compete in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp - a crash course to supermodel fame.
America's Next Top Model wins a modeling contract, $100,000 and television fame.
The Fine Print:
Interested applicants must bring three photographs of themselves, each clearly labeled on the back with their name. One must be a close-up of their face, the second must be a full-length photograph of their entire (clothed) body, and the third must be a full-length photograph of them wearing a swimsuit, and one of these three photographs may be in black and white. Producers are looking for a variety of models including plus size models. Polaroids are acceptable as long as they are clearly visible. Applicants must be five feet and seven inches (5’7) or under in height, between 18-27 years of age, a United States citizen and currently living in the United States. * Cameras will be on location; so all applicants need to arrive camera ready!
Donald E. Stephens Conference Center & Ballroom
5555 N. River Road Rosemont, IL 60018
1. No lining up overnight and no lining up prior to 6:00am. Registration will begin at 7:00am. These times may change at Producer's discretion.
2. Colors of wristbands indicate when your scheduled audition time will be. If your scheduled audition time is several hours or more from the time that you receive your wristband, then we encourage you to leave and come back.
3. Only women applying should stand in line. If someone is just short of being 18, she can have one guardian with her. Please note that you must turn 18 by April 15, 2009 to audition.
4. Please make sure that you have everything you need to audition before you get into any line (for wristbands, etc.). You will only be allowed one bag that can fit comfortably on your lap inside the venue. This will be enforced by security.
5. No jumping in line or holding places in advance for others. But, it's okay if you're going to the restroom or getting food and water. You're not guaranteed to be allowed back in line. Be courteous to others around you.
6. Casting staff will give special instructions for the disabled.
7. Once in the venue, no ins and outs.
8. We encourage you to bring food and water in case the wait is long, but you may be asked to finish the food before you enter the venue. Concessions will also be available for purchase on site.
9. Only one audition per open call - do not try again if you've been cut.
10. Casting staff wearing official ANTM gear outside the venue may ask you for information in advance but be careful who you talk to and avoid anyone trying to charge you anything to participate.
11. We reserve the right to change or add to these rules as needed.