CMU alumna holds model casting call for fashion line
Sophomore Cathryn Blake took a deep breath and strutted across the room toward the judges' table.
“I think it takes a lot of self-confidence to be a model,” said the Gobles native about trying out for Central Michigan University alumna Kala Wilburn’s accessory line, Fannie Lucille.
About 15 students gathered Wednesday night in the Bovee University Center’s Chippewa Room in hopes of becoming the face of the line.
“I originally wasn’t going to come out, but my sorority sister wanted me to come with her,” Blake said. “I’m nervous just to see what they think of me, but really, I’m just here for fun.”
Wilburn said she was really excited about the casting's turnout.
“I’m glad people are stepping out of their box,” the designer said. “I’m really happy to be helping people go through the modeling process and seeing them experience something different.”
The Fashion Association of Merchandising and Design club hosted the event to look for models of all shapes and sizes.
FAMD President Alex Mauro said the model selected for Wilburn’s line will receive a contract with Jer Decor Fashion/Modeling Company and a spread in “Liv Lux Magazine,” in addition to being the face of the collection.
“I’m really impressed with the professionalism from Kala and the crew,” the Troy junior said. “It’s great that they took the time to come here and give everyone this opportunity.”
Jeremy Cornelius, Jer Décor runway and model coach and fashion show coordinator, prepared the students before they walked for the judges.
“My name starts with a J, but I’m not Miss J,” he said, referring to America's Next Top Model's walking coach. “But I can teach you how to walk.”
His tips for the aspiring models were to relax, keep their chin parallel to the floor and walk heel to toe.
“The reason for this is for you to get experience,” Cornelius told the students. “A lot of people want to get into modeling but don’t know how to do it. We’re here to give you those things you need to bring to the fashion industry.”
Blake was one of nine students chosen to move on to the next round of the competition, to be held March 2 at the Greater Flint Art Council.
"The people I chose possessed a good attitude, determination, and they had fun," Wilburn said. "I loved the fact they took the time to look at the handbags and expressed how the designs made them feel"