Model behavior

Model behavior

By Stephanie Moran

Standing outside the Millennium Bostonian Hotel, more than 1,000 women lined North Street across from Faneuil Hall. They’re long-legged and more than 5 feet, 7 inches tall. Most wear straight-leg designer jeans that hug their hips with pant sizes between zero and four.

The women have been standing in line, many in high heels, for almost two hours to audition in an open casting call for 13 slots in the CW reality show, “America’s Next Top Model.”

Hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, the women live together while competing in various modeling competitions, including runway walks and photo shoots. Now in its ninth cycle, more than 1,000 potential models showed up to the Boston casting call.

The models will compete for a $100,000 modeling contract with makeup manufacturer CoverGirl, as well as a contract with Elite Model Management, the world’s largest modeling agency.

Ross Kramer, Boston CW56’s marketing director, said it’s difficult to determine how many women from the open casting call will make it to the second round. He said the casting directors may choose as many as 100 or as few as 10.

“[Casting] all depends on what Tyra Banks is looking for and no one knows what Tyra’s looking for,” Kramer said.

Carrie Tropeano, a junior communications major, was among the potential models at the auditions. The thin, 5-foot, 11-inch blonde said she has always wanted to try modeling and “America’s Next Top Model,” could give her an opportunity.

“[Modeling] is always something I’ve been interested in,” she said. “My friends, family and even sketchy old men have told me I should model.”

Wearing brown Versace sunglasses and a tan Coach scarf, Tropeano said to impress the casting directors she intends to be herself.

“I haven’t really done anything in preparation,” she said. “I figured go into it and be real. If I don’t make it, at least I gave it a shot.”

Another Northeastern student who said she didn’t prepare for the casting call is middler nursing major Liliana Jimenez.

Jimenez, who is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 118 lbs., said unlike most models, she eats McDonald’s, pizza and Italian food from the North End.

“I love carbs,” she said.

An avid fan of designer brands like Christian Dior and Gucci, Jimenez said she is auditioning for “America’s Next Top Model” because the show allows her to pursue modeling without paying expensive agency fees. She said some women have to pay $700-$800 just to meet with an agent.

“You shouldn’t have to pay just to be hired to be a model,” Jimenez said.

If she qualifies for the ninth cycle of the show, Jimenez said she would have to choose between going on co-op and the television show, and would probably choose the show.

Emily Petersen, a senior English major at Boston University, is another cycle nine hopeful. Petersen, who waited in line for more than two hours to audition, said all she had eaten so far that day was two French fries.

The 5 feet, 11 inch brunette said America’s Next Top Model provides women with the opportunity to make a name for themselves.

“There’s a myth in the industry that if you don’t get into modeling by the age of 15 or 16, you’re doomed,” she said. “But the show has proved otherwise.”

The next casting calls for the show will be held in Dallas, Texas, April 14 and in Los Angeles, Calif., April 21.

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