Models wanted: must be young, beautiful and possess great set of laidback attributes

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Queenstown beauties are scrambling to follow in the footsteps of sexy Kiwi supermodels such as Rachel Hunter and Kylie Bax.

National auditions for New Zealand’s Next Top Model – a sizzling TV3 version of the hit US show – launch in the resort on December 15.

Star-makers say at least 18 local lovelies will bid to land one of the 13 coveted spots that are up for grabs in the glam series.

They reckon Queenstown babes have all the right physical assets to become famous cover girls and catwalk queens, just like Hunter and Bax.

A laidback attitude would come in handy, too …

Because if the American version of the show is anything to go by, anyone who makes the final cut will be cooped up for weeks filming with a squad of back-stabbing, wailing wannabes who’d do anything to make it to the top.

Tracy Cameron, boss of Queenstown-based agency Ican Models & Talent, believes her girls have just the “grounded attitude and level-headed mind” that’ll be needed to cope with any TV tantrums or catfights.

“It’s just the experience of coming from Queenstown, basically – having the great outdoors and all sorts of interesting layers to their lifestyle,” she says. “That’ll certainly play a good, positive role.”

Sunny Sky, of local company Exposure Talent & Model Agency, also thinks there are plenty of gorgeous Queenstown girls who’ll be in with a shout of making it on to the show. “There are a lot of locals who could be considered, purely on their naturally- attractive looks.”

Swedish-born Emma Akerlind, 25, says her residency comes through soon and she’s considering auditioning – despite the thought of living with a dozen other femme fatales during shooting: “Girls can be pretty bitchy but I think it would be quite fun.”

Those who think they have what it takes must be at least 170cm tall and aged 16-25 as of February 1 next year.

Auditions will be held at the QPACT rooms on the corner of Henry and Ballarat Streets from 10am-1pm.