Chanel Iman gives tips for the next Ford Supermodel

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Eons before “America’s Next Top Model,” Ford Models for 30 years has been conducting a global search annually to scout new faces. One lucky gal gets to take home a $250,000 modeling contract with the agency.

Past Ford Model contestants have included big industry names such as Gemma Ward, Elsa Benitez and Alexina Graham. L.A. gal Chanel Iman represented the United States at the 2006 Supermodel of the World finals.

On Saturday, Ford Models is casting for the American contestant simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York. The L.A. search is taking place at the W Hotel in Westwood from noon to 4 p.m., where scouts will be taking digital snaps, interviewing contenders and noting catwalking skills.

One winning contestant will represent the U.S. at the world search finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


If you’re interested in attending, you can still sign up here.

Iman gives All the Rage readers exclusive tips on how to prepare for the modeling contest.

All the Rage: Best outfit for the competition?

Chanel Iman: You should wear something simple, like jeans or a miniskirt and your favorite top. Skinny jeans and a tank is the best look -- you can see your figure.

Makeup tip?

With makeup, it’s better that you wear almost none. You can use a little bit of concealer and maybe some balm, but that’s about it. Definitely clean skin with great moisturizer is ALWAYS best.


I would pull my hair back, so they can see my face.

A few no-nos, especially for L.A. girls?

There are no real no-nos. Just be yourself, have fun and enjoy the experience.

How does the Ford Supermodel of the World competition differ from reality TV shows?

This is real fashion -- it’s not scripted for the cameras. And you don’t need to be crazy to get noticed!

How soon did your life change after winning the competition?

My life changed immediately!!! I totally haven’t stopped since entering with Ford. It’s been amazing and I’m loving it.

-- Max Padilla


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