RUNWAY MODEL SEARCH SPONSORED BY MON CHERISM We are excited to introduce the National American Miss Runway Model SearchSM! This is a brand-new Optional Contest offered exclusively at National American Miss. Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, Pre-Teen, Jr. Teen, Teen, and Miss Contestants can enter the Runway Model Search and walk the runway at the 2016 NAM National Pageant.
The National American Miss Runway Model SearchSM is a unique two-part Optional Contest. First, competitors will attend the official Runway Training CampSM. This training camp will be instructed by scouts from Mon Cheri who are experts in the modeling industry. Next, runway contestants will take the runway in their outfit of choice and compete in front of the judges as they “strut their stuff.” The Runway Model SearchSM winner and the Top 10 in each age division will be announced at each age division’s Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. The Top 10 will receive a certificate. The Top 5 will receive trophies, and the Runway Model SearchSM winner will receive a national crown, banner, trophy, and an $800 cash award.
But here’s the BEST PART: If you simply place in the Top 10 of your age division’s Runway Model SearchSM, you will have the opportunity to be the Face of Mon Cheri in an upcoming monthlong digital campaign. Out of all the age divisions’ Top 10, one lucky young lady will be hand-selected by Mon Cheri as the Face of Mon Cheri and will have an on-site photo shoot at the national pageant. Mon Cheri is one of the nation’s largest and most respected special occasion, bridal, and prom attire manufacturers. They have more than twenty lines of apparel, including a broad range of ages. Their designers and apparel are featured at the leading apparel markets, including Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Dallas, and they distribute worldwide. This is an opportunity to represent a prestigious manufacturer through an authentic real-world modeling experience.
As a contestant in the Runway Model SearchSM, you will first attend the official Runway Training Camp conducted by scouts of Mon Cheri. During this training camp, you will receive exclusive runway training to prepare you for your upcoming Runway Model Search, as well as valuable information about the modeling industry. The activities of this training camp are based on a “Go-See” of what a professional model or actress would experience and are designed to give you real-world practice for a career in modeling or acting!
Description/Purpose: The Runway Training CampSM not only provides you with real-world experience, but it also allows the Mon Cheri scouts to work oneon- one with contestants. These interactions will be a contributing factor when Mon Cheri is selecting the Top 10 and Top 5 placements for this contest, as well as deciding which young lady will be selected as the Face of Mon Cheri. At the camp, you will have a photo taken of you, which will become a part of your file for the scouts. For the Top 10 in each age group, this photo, along with any photos that you bring with you to submit (see “What to Bring,” below), will be kept on file with Mon Cheri and be used in consideration for future modeling opportunities with Mon Cheri. More importantly, you will receive exclusive training, which will not only benefit you in the Runway Model SearchSM, but in any future modeling endeavors!
Attire/What to Bring:
- Wear a black shirt, denim jeans, and age-appropriate shoes. No graphics, logos, or adornments of any kind are permitted. No accessories.
- As you would in a real-world “Go-See,” you should bring some printed photos with you to leave with the scout. Bring one to five photos. If you already have a comp card, that is fine; you may include that as one of your photos. If your comp card has multiple photos on it, then each image counts as a single photo. Please keep in mind that this is not a photo competition; these are file photos which will be used by the Mon Cheri scouts for their evaluations. Also keep in mind that in a real-world “Go-See,” scouts frown upon submitted photos that have been clearly “Photoshopped” to noticeably alter the appearance of the person being photographed. Such photographs do nothing to assist the scout or agent in assessing the model’s potential and they are actually a distraction.
- No makeup is permitted in ANY age division during the Runway Training CampSM. It is vital that the Mon Cheri scouts see you at your natural best, without any wardrobe or makeup distractions. This is what you would do in a real-world “Go-See.” Scouts and casting directors do not want to see applicants made-up in any way.
Absolutely no makeup is to be worn to the Runway Training CampSM
Description: Next, you will “strut your stuff” in the Runway Model SearchSM as you walk the runway! This will be a live runway modeling competition where you will show-off your modeling skills in a fun and fashionable outfit of your choice.
Format: This competition is formatted exactly like a professional runway fashion show, utilizing a T-shaped runway and modeling music with a solid beat. Your contestant number will be announced; then, you will take the runway and perform as you were instructed during your Runway Training CampSM.
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Attire: One of the most exciting parts about the Runway Model Search is that you get to model the outfit of your choice! This is your chance to pick the outfit that you have dreamed of wearing, as you strut down the runway. This should be a fun, fashionable outfit that you want to “sell” to the judges and audience. Your outfit can be a cocktail dress, pants and a trendy top, or even an adorable romper. Make sure that your outfit is age-appropriateSM.
You want to stay away from a “themed” outfit (back-to-school, western wear, outer space, two-foot peacock feather hat with harlequinpainted face, etc). Something to keep in mind is that the scouts are evaluating each candidate for real-world modeling opportunities. They want to be able to see what you can do, in an authentic setting, to model clothing; this is not about the clothing modeling you. Accessories such as jackets, hats, headbands, and scarves are permitted, but stay away from casual jeans and sporty-themed looks. Your look should be trendy, fun and fashion-forward!
Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen and Pre-Teen: Your look of choice can be a party dress, cocktail dress, or even a onepiece romper. Again, you want to keep this age-appropriate. A Sunday dress or a fun petti skirt would be great for this contest. No bare midriffs are allowed. Stay away from platform shoes that are hard to walk in.
Jr. Teen, Teen and Miss: Your runway outfit can be a cocktail dress, a fabulous after-5 look, or anything that is age appropriate that you want to show off. Bare midriffs are allowed, but should also be age-appropriate and tasteful. Make sure you are comfortable in your shoes.
Rules on attire for all age divisions:
- No swimsuits are allowed.
- Age-appropriate makeup is allowed in all age divisions for this contest.
- Full-length evening dresses or gowns are allowed.
- No props are permitted on stage at any time.
- No matter which age group you are in, be sure that you wear shoes you can safely and confidently walk in. Practice walking in your shoes at home.
Cost Per Entry/How to Register: $175 per entry. All National Finalists may enter this competition a maximum of two times. Choose one of the following ways to register for this contest. 1. Go to www.MyNAMiss.com 2. Call the national pageant office at (281) 496-5050 3. Mail in your registration to the national pageant office by either adding “Runway Model Search” onto your Optional Contest Card or simply writing out your registration request.
Prize Package: Winner: Each age division’s winner will receive an official national crown, banner, trophy, $800 cash award, certificate and the opportunity to be the Face of Mon Cheri for a month-long digital campaign. Top 5: Each age division’s Top 5 will receive an official trophy, certificate, and the opportunity to be the Face of Mon Cheri for a month-long digital campaign. Top 10: Each age division’s Top 10 will receive a certificate and the opportunity to be the Face of Mon Cheri for a month-long digital campaign.
The Runway Model SearchSM winner and Top 10 will be announced at each age division’s Red Carpet Awards Ceremony.
Who can enter the Runway Model SearchSM ? The Runway Model SearchSM is available to all National Finalists.
How is the Runway Model SearchSMjudged? Just like all optional contests at NAM, the Runway Model SearchSM is an optional contest having no bearing on the overall National American Miss and National All-American Miss pageants. It is not required, and it will be scored by a completely separate panel of optional judges from the queen’s competitions. There will be a winner, Top 5, and Top 10 selected from each age division, which will be announced during each age division’s Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. Runway Model SearchSM competitors will be evaluated on their ability to execute the instructions given and interact successfully with the scouts at the Runway Training CampSM, their ability to walk the runway with poise, and their overall appearance and modeling potential when modeling their outfit of choice.
When and where does the Runway Training CampSM and Runway Model SearchSMtake place? The time and location of the Runway Training CampSM and Runway Model SearchSM will be listed on your detailed schedule, which you will receive prior to the national pageant.
How is the Face of Mon Cheri selected? Any contestant placing in the Top 10 in their age division’s Runway Model SearchSM will be considered by Mon Cheri scouts for the Face of Mon Cheri in an upcoming month-long digital campaign. The one Face of Mon Cheri will only be selected from qualifying contestants who are entered in the Runway Model Search and place in the Top 10. The Mon Cheri scouts may consider your interaction in the Runway Training Camp, your appearance in the Runway Model SearchSM, any photos that you bring to submit for your file, and your Runway Training CampSM photo.
Can I wear makeup? No makeup is permitted when attending the Runway Training Camp SMfor ANY age division. It is vital that the Mon Cheri scouts view you naturally. This is standard for professional models and actresses going out on a casting call; so this is a great, real-world experience for you to have! However, all age divisions may wear age-appropriate makeup for the actual Runway Model Search SM contest.
Since the contest is sponsored by Mon Cheri, do I have to wear an outfit made by Mon Cheri? No, you can wear an outfit of your choice. It does not have to be made by Mon Cheri.
Can I wear my National Production Number Outfit for this contest? Yes. If you are a state queen, you can wear your pink, red, or white Production Number Outfit for this contest. If you are a Pre-Teen, Jr. Teen, Teen, or Miss contestant, you can also wear your Little Black Dress Production Number dress. Wear something that you enjoy and makes you feel special!
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