What Goes on at an 'America's Next Top Model' Casting Call?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Hundreds of women were waiting and standing in line for one purpose: to be America's Next Top Model. No, there weren't any catfights, hair pulling or name calling. It was all drama-free at the Seattle area audition of America's Next Top Model that took place this morning at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington, and BuddyTV was on the scene to find out how it all works and to possibly get a glimpse at a future Top Model winner..

Lines of high-heeled women filled the outside of mall stores hoping for the chance of fame. One woman even came at 5am to make sure was the first in line for the 10am audition start time. By 10am, there were already 300 potential America's Next Top Models in line.

Lisi, a casting director for America's Next Top Model, explained what the casting team looks for: “Women first need to meet the criteria of being at least 5'7” tall and be between the ages of 18-27. After meeting those requirements, we look at women of any ethnicity, any shape, any size. We look for everything and are open to all kinds of looks.”

“We don't just want looks or personality. America's Next Top Model has to have both. She needs to be the complete package. We are looking for women that have a lively and big personality along with the beauty. First impressions aren't everything. We want a woman that will evolve and grow with the show,” Lisi added.

Each woman waiting in line was completely different from the one standing next to her.  They each had their own personal story of why they wanted to be America's Next Top Model and what makes them different.

Christina drove up with her friend, Kelsey, from Oregon the night before the audition. She said, “I have what it takes to be America's Next Top Model. I'm spicy, educated, big-hearted, and I am able to adapt well in all situations. My look is edgy with a softer look, but I can be versatile.”

“I know what I need to do and I will do it," Christina added. "I will welcome criticism from the judges because I want to be the best. I will do anything to get this."

Standing behind Christina was Lauren. She was dressed in a black tank top, jeans, and Pumas (she was one of the few women not wearing high heels). “I'm dressed like this because they told us to be ourselves and this is how I am," she said. "Actually, I am wearing better clothes than I usually wear. I was debating if I should have worn a shirt with a tie on it just to be funny, but I thought that it might be a little too much.”

Lauren's primary motivation for trying out was self-improvement. "Right now, I have no self-confidence, and it was really hard for me to come here today," she said. "I saw all of the other women and wanted to leave, but I knew that I couldn't. If I do become America's Next Top Model, I not only want it to help with my self-esteem, but I want to improve the self-confidence of young girls.”

Most women wanted to be America's Next Top Model because they wanted to be a role model for others or they wanted to travel and experience the world.

Another Top Model hopeful named Brittani (pictured on the far left) disagreed, offering a more direct and honest answer to why she wanted to win. “ I want the money. I just really want to be America's Next Top Model to simply get money.”

On the other hand, some women wanted to change the stereotypes of models that we have now as ultra-skinny waifs. Suzi (pictured on the far right), one of the women hoping to break that mold, said, “I want to influence the youth and women to change their perceived notion of beauty. You don't have to be a size 2 to be beautiful. I am definitely not a size 2, but I am still beautiful. I want people to embrace their body for what has been given to them.”

As the hours passed, some women grew tired of standing in their high heels. Many of them had kicked off their shoes and were standing barefoot instead. Others were sitting and rubbing their feet while talking to their boyfriends that were there to support them. There were some that didn't want to take off their shoes and sit because they were afraid that a casting team member would pass by and see that they were sitting instead of standing.

Some women even become close friends to the stranger next to them. They were chatting away and sharing their life stories while waiting for their chance at fame. Or some women were simply waiting to move just an inch farther ahead in the line.

At one point, there were loud screams from the women at the front of the auditions. All the girls around asked if they was screaming because Tyra Banks had come. Unfortunately, Tyra was nowhere to be found - the girls were simply getting excited for a camera shot.

Amidst the long wait and their aching feet, the hope and excitement in all of these potential America's Next Top Models showed brightly on their faces throughout all the whole time.

Even a 7-year-old girl wanted her chance at fame when she went up to the front table and asked if she could audition. Who knows, maybe in 11 years that little girl will grow up to be America's Next Top Model.

Casting calls for America's Next Top Model cycle 10 continue throughout the month: tomorrow in Detroit, August 18 in Houston, August 21 in Boston, August 25 in Chicago, and September 1 in Los Angeles. For more details, please visit this official CW America's Next Top Model website.

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