Modelling industry reaches new level

PNG has seen a new turn in its fashion and modelling industry with the introduction of the World Supermodel Franchise in the country.

Its establishment only this year has provided two avenues for young women: World Supermodel (Ages 20 - 30) and Teen World Supermodel (Ages 16- 19).

World Supermodel PNG is grooming young females to enter the World Supermodel pageant, an international pageant which sees over 40 countries participating annually.

From Papua New Guinea, two young females selected will go to China to compete for the coveted top prize, which is a one year modelling contract with Trump Model Management to be based in New York, U.S.A.

With the introduction of this avenue as well as the establishment of its modelling agency, National Director Philma Kelegai is now focused on growing PNG’s modelling industry.

She said the fashion in PNG is very new and the modelling world has just come along with it.

“There’s not much of an industry here at the moment, so I want to create a standard, I want to create an opportunity for the industry to grow,” she said.

World Supermodel PNG has since done 7 deportment courses where at least 12 to 15 girls have participated.

“We give them as much information as possible, teach them about networking, how to talk to talk to people.”

Its next biggest event is the Spring Runway coming up in November 1 to be held at Lamana Hotel, in Port Moresby leading to the actual pageant in February 2017.

Pageant nominations close on October 1 and nominations forms are available in the latest Lilly magazine issue.

Gloria Bauai