May 16, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori being urged to apply for NZ’s Next Top Model (16-25)

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According to the NZ Herald, producers of the second series of television’s New Zealand’s Next Top Model are on the lookout for a stunning Maori face. They’re urging Maori women to audition for the show, saying a Maori model will have better overseas opportunities than others because “it’s a special New Zealand look”.

Gaga Darling asks where are the Maori girls at?

The first season of NZ’s Next Top Model was how shall we say it…. quite homogeneous? NZ born (but living in NY) Gala Darling, a fashion curator for ChinaShop, advice columnist for Filament magazine, writes on her blog:

Im really surprised by the fact that the contestants are all so white with the exception of Ajoh. Where are the Maori girls at?! So many Maori girls are jaw-droppingly beautiful. There was some mention made of Ruby having some Maori heritage but, well, you wouldnt know it to look at her. There are no Asian or Pacific Island girls either, which is really weird, because its not like they dont exist!

Next Top Model executive producer John McDonald said they wanted to streamline the audition process and those serious about auditioning would travel. Holding the auditions in only eight centres would help filter out those who weren’t that serious, he said. Auditions will be held in the following centres – Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Registrations have already topped 800. People who had registered would be contacted and told what the process was next. Mr McDonald said auditions were open to women and men aged between 16 and 25.

Auditions begin in Auckland at the ASB Showgrounds on June 5, 10am to 3pm, and at the Hotel Chancellor on June 6, 1pm to 6pm before heading off on a loop of the country, concluding with the Tauranga auditions at The Sebel Trinity Wharf on June 13.

In order to avoid disappointment on the day, please follow the rules and conditions below:

  • You must complete the application form and bring it with you on the day
  • You must bring proof of ID with you to the audition venue
  • You must fill in the application form honestly and accurately
  • Height is measured in BARE FEET (i.e with no shoes on)
  • If you are under 170cm and/or younger or older than 16 – 25 years of age as on the 3rd of July 2010 you are NOT eligible.

If you are one of our pre-registered applicants, please ensure you bring your printed email confirmation to the audition venue. Confirmation emails will be sent to you as quickly as possible, but please be patient as there may be some delays due to the volume of applicants.

1st Season's TOP 13

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