By Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel
2:37 PM AKDT, June 18, 2011
DAVIE — More than 100 South Florida women took a long shot at stardom on Saturday by auditioning for the television reality show "America's Next Top Model" at Nova Southeastern University.
Many brought portfolios and a few brought ugly duckling stories with them.
Roxanne Simpson found it a "nerve-wracking" experience.
"If you're not nervous then it doesn't make sense to do it," she said. "Anything worth doing you should be a little bit nervous about it."
But organizers tried to calm all fears.
"We just try to make them comfortable," said Larry Wiener, vice president of marketing and creative services for WSFL-TV and the Sun Sentinel. "'Take a deep breath and tell us why you're here and why you want to be America's Next Top Model,' then coach them along."
This was just one of several auditions held locally and around the country throughout the year, Wiener said.
Contestants have to be between 18 and 27, taller than 5 foot 7 and willing to strut along the catwalk for a panel of judges.
Their audition video and portfolios are sent to the show's producers for consideration. If they like what they see, some contestants could get a call back, more auditions and placement in future shows.
However, it's unlikely any of the latest budding supermodels will be selected in time for the resumption of the series on WSFL-TV this fall, Wiener said.
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