New York, Paris, Lon­don . . . and Porirua


The hunt for Porirua’s next top model is about to be­gin.

Porirua’s beau­ti­ful peo­ple are get­ting the chance to strut the cat­walk wear­ing clothes from New Zealand’s top de­sign­ers.

Pataka Mu­seum is host­ing the Miro­moda Fash­ion Show on June 25 and mod­els are needed to show­case the de­signs.

Hope­fuls aged be­tween 15 and 30 are be­ing sought for a model call at Pataka on Satur­day.

Only 20 peo­ple will be cho­sen to star in the show, and two mod­els will get to take to the cat­walk at New Zealand Fash­ion Week in Au­gust.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said he was de­lighted Porirua City Coun­cil had se­cured the show for the city.

‘‘It’s a great cel­e­bra­tion of tal­ent for Porirua. It will re­ally give lo­cal tal­ent a chance to shine,’’ he said.

Cat­walk hope­fuls don’t need to have any pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence and, if cho­sen, will be paid for their ap­pear­ance.

The Miro­moda Show has been run­ning since 2009 and of­fers Maori fash­ion de­sign­ers an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ent and com­pete for a spot at New Zealand Fash­ion Week.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be held at Pataka on June 25 from 8am un­til 4pm and will be judged by an ex­pe­ri­enced panel of me­dia and buy­ing ex­perts.

The panel will be led by Dame Pi­eter Ste­wart, founder of New Zealand Fash­ion Week. Eight de­sign­ers will be cho­sen to show their clothes in Auck­land.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be fol­lowed at 6.30pm by The Miro­moda IMFAB Fash­ion Run­way show.

The run­way will in­clude cock­tails and fin­ger food on ar­rival, the show, and an op­por­tu­nity to buy cloth­ing di­rect from the de­sign­ers.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Pataka for $60.

A model struts her stuff in last year’s Miro­moda Fash­ion Show.

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