Top Austin Model Competition Narrows to Top 10
The quest for the new face of Austin is getting closer. The Top Austin Model event has been narrowed down to the top 10 finalists from an original 30+ faces,. The new Top Austin Model will be announced on March 30 Chateau Bellevue in Austin.
In January, ButterFly Entertainment hosted an open casting call inviting local models to audition for one of the top 15 spots as a Top Austin Model contestant. Austinites came out to support their favorite participants as they had the opportunity to walk twice for our panel of judges consisting of 2011 Top Austin Model winner Britany Walker, 2013 Top Austin Model winner Nicole Glenn, award-winning beauty pro and owner of Vanity Salon Laura Gamble, myself, and model and competition creator Brianna Fleet. Models also participated in a mini shoot with renowned photographer Todd White.
The top 15 contestants were selected to move on in the Top Austin Model competition. Their first challenge was a photo shoot with Todd White. with one photo selected as their voting con for the Top Austin Model Fan Favorite competition and added to the model’s public portfolio. Fan Favorite is based on popular vote online on ButterFly Entertainment’s Facebook page and voting took place in person at Top Austin Model Showcase last weekend.
The Top Austin Model Showcase featured the semi-finalists participating in a runway show wearing looks by local designers Krista Harty, Nicole Marie, Shalotlilly, with additional looks from local boutique Wildflowers styled by Britany Walker. Hair services were provided by Jackson Ruiz Salon and makeup provided by Rae Cosmetics.
Former contestants and current Top Austin Model All Stars, Dominique Bedford, Melanie Phillips, and Harlee Rae mentored current contestants backstage and were featured in a spotlight showcase wearing Atelier Benson designs. Judges Brianna Fleet, Laura Gamble, and Benson Roberts were joined by special guest judge jewelry designer at Shallotlilly, Adrian Amiro, to determine which 10 models would continue on in the competition.
Top Austin Model was created in 2011 by ButterFly Entertainment and exclusively features Austin-based talent and businesses to serve as a platform for creative fashion professionals in Austin, Texas.