So it came down to braving it or dismissing the idea.
But World Supermodel PNG has grown from nothing, and dismissing was the last thing on the minds of the 13 contestants and their support team.
It took all the courage, says Annette Rondeau, a contestant for the World Supermodel PNG’s teen category.
As part of the judging process, contestants were taken to various locations throughout the city for photo shoot sessions with Silversoul Studios - the official photographer.
It was a test of braving the heat, the people, the dust and still looking glamourous in the end.
“Mine was the hardest because it was at the bus stop,” Rondeau said, explaining how she had to ignore rude remarks from the public during the photo shoot.
“This shows how hard it is for women to dress and walk around freely without attracting negative attention,” Sylvia Pascoe, owner of Pascoe Promotions – events manager, stressed.
And if it was hard enough for the models, imagine how difficult it was for the photographer, Oliver Regondola.
“We had to be prepared and do the shoot as quickly as possible,” Regondola said during the unveiling of the glamour calendar.
The photos were used for the glamour calendar which was unveiled on Tuesday, March 7, setting the trend to #BeBoldForChange, a day prior to International Women’s Day.
(Pictures: Silversoul Studios)