High school students in the CNMI are invited to join the upcoming Marianas Next Top Model.
Now on its third year, Marianas Next Top Model is a contest focused at promoting the 4Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect for mother nature.
Event coordinator Sharmaine Casquero said on Wednesday that the contest is open to male or female youngsters 16 to 18 years old, have pleasing personality, with good moral character, and care about the environment.
Casquero said she and other hairstylists are involved in the planning and preparation for the event which be conducted in collaboration with environmental agencies and organizations on island.
An advocate for the environment, Casquero said she sees the annual event as her “legacy,” a way of promoting environmental stewardship to the public, particularly the youth.
Organizers will hold a screening event on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Hard Rock Café, wherein they will announce the roster of candidates.
According to Casquero, some of last year's participants have already expressed interest in joining this year's competition.
She said participants will be required to attend not only photo shoots and modeling training but also workshops and meetings discussing various issues that affect the environment.
The Marianas Next Top Model will culminate in March with a fashion show that will showcase outfits made of recycled materials and will be worn by models as they strut the catwalk.
Casquero disclosed plans to invite public officials and other island leaders to judge the contest, which would also serve as a fundraiser for their chosen beneficiary.
“We want to encourage high school students to take part in our event which underscores the environment,” added Casquero.
For more information, call 233-2643.