Queenstown girls

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Queenstown’s wannabe models are “lovely and fresh” but that wasn’t good enough for the local auditions for New Zealand’s Next Top Model.

Aspiring beauties trekked from as far off as Fox Glacier and Invercargill, but most received a ‘No’ from judges Anna Lynch, the series producer and 62 Models head booker Andrea Plowright.

Only three of 28 interviewed at the Heritage Queenstown on Wednesday received a ‘maybe’ from the panel.

Hopefuls needed to be at least 170cm tall, between the ages of 16 – 25, and have an attractive personality – something required in modeling, Plowright claims.

Too immature, too old and too short were cited as reasons why some girls weren’t selected, but the feedback wasn’t all bad – overall the region’s wannabes were of a high standard.

“They are all pretty lovely and fresh,” Plowright says.

Some advice from the judges: girls in the region need more confidence.

Plowright and Lynch had just come from Dunedin, “a beauty bonanza” according to Lynch who says at least every one in three girls were potentials for the TV3 show.

The judges will continue to tour the country, visiting eight cities in total recruiting the new intake for round two of the popular programme.