Students displayed model behavior at a casting call for the CW television network’s “America’s Next Top Model,” held at Grocery Tree in University Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Cycle 19 of “America’s Next Top Model” is the show’s first “college edition,” where casting directors held casting calls in 40 college towns around the country, including towns near the University of Texas, Johns Hopkins University and Washington State University.
The Grocery Tree and television stations WBMG and Binghamton CW 11 sponsored the event.
The “college edition” was not limited to competitors pursing a degree, but they had to be within a common age range.
For eligibility, women had to be at least 5’7”, between the ages of 18 and 27 and a citizen of the United States. Applicants were required to fill out an application online before the day of the casting call.
Clel Lee, Grocery Tree’s owner, said Binghamton was chosen because it was the home of one of the largest state universities.
“It’s here because of the proximity to the college campus, and plus, it’s a cool-looking store,” he said.
At the beginning of the event, the line for the casting call went out the store’s door and stretched into the parking lot.
Greg Catlin, general manager of WBNG and Binghamton CW 11, said the local CW station is highly involved in the community.
“I am excited to give folks in the Binghamton area a shot at modeling and working with Tyra Banks,” he said.
Danielle Napear, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said she has always been told to model because of her height. She added that her outgoing personality would help her during different types of photo shoots.
“I’m a very outgoing person and I think that will be best for the crazy photo shoots that they do,” Napear said.
In addition to students from Binghamton University and the local area, women from universities across the nation came out to audition.
Antoinette Duarte, a sophomore at Massachusetts Bay Community College, said she traveled five hours from Boston to vie for a spot in the competition.
“I was inspired by Victoria Secret model Chanel Iman to come out today and take a chance,” Duarte said. “This is a competition and I am not here to make friends.”
Langston DeBeoe, who takes classes with the University of Phoenix, also said that her personality and looks make her the best candidate. She came from Utah to become America’s next top model and receive pointers on how to succeed.
“I’ve wanted to model since I was a little girl, and I want to send a message that you can do anything,” she added.
Though this is the first year “ANTM” is doing a college-edition season, this is not the first time they have held a casting call in the city of Binghamton.
Fewer than 100 people attended the previous casting call held in Binghamton, according to Lee. He estimated around 200 attended the event at his store.
After these casting calls, women will receive an email and a letter if they are chosen to advance to the second round.
“At that point they will actually be flown to L.A. and have a huge casting call with all the ‘ANTM’ judges,” he added.
“ANTM” judges will review the tapes of selected Binghamton candidates to decide who will be accepted onto the program.
Candidates at the event agreed that “America’s Next Top Model” should feature women beautiful inside and out, and portray a positive message to viewers.
“A model should represent that no matter what size you are, you are beautiful,” said Elizabeth Updyke, a high school student from Elmira.