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Finalists to strut their stuff in Whirl's model search

| Friday, Sept. 3, 2004

Nine women and two men, ranging from their teens to late 20s, will strut down the catwalk next week hoping to become Whirl Magazine's 2004 model.

Anyone who loves fashion and enjoys a good competition can take part, too -- spectators can admire the talent and the styles for a $25 admission fee that helps a good cause. Whirl Magazine Model Search 2004, to be held Thursday at One Oxford Centre, Downtown, will donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

The 11 finalists who will appear Thursday came from a pool of more than 150 applicants, says publisher Jack Tumpson. A panel of judges -- including Jenna Morasca of "Survivor," a professional model and an owner of a local modeling agency -- will evaluate the finalists based on their photos, runway performance and stage presence.

"There's a uniqueness and an individuality in each of the 11," Tumpson says.

Some of the applicants have prior modeling or acting experience, and others never have done anything like it, says Mary Breedlove, event coordinator and assistant to the publisher at Whirl. Officials intended to pick 10 finalists but added another because the contest was too close and the decision difficult, she says.

Judges at the model search will announce the top five models, including the winner, who will walk on the runway Oct. 7 at The Second Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Awards and Show/Culture Shock and Fashion III sponsored by Whirl and Oxford Development Company, which will be held at Heinz Field.

"Through our growth, we have come to realize that there is a strong fashion industry in Pittsburgh, and many people are supportive, interested and just want to be a part of it," Tumpson says. Additional Information:

Details

Whirl Magazine Model Search 2004

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday

Admission: $25. Tickets available through Ticketmaster or at the door

Where: Main Atrium, One Oxford Centre, Downtown

Details: (412) 323-1919 or (412) 431-7888

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