As a parent, I’m always looking out for my daughters best interest. And as an Aunty I’m continuously supportive of my nieces and nephews interests. On Sunday 20th July, we attended my nephew Tré modelling competition to be the Face of Radio Metro, a popular modern day radio station here on the Gold Coast. We were all excited that he had made it through to the finals amongst countless others who had applied. It came down to the final twelve contestants, six female and six male. And to also mention that it was his very first modelling competition EVER!
Tré was also the youngest (16 years) while the other models were mature and experienced. We were all so nervous for him, but I could tell that he was just as nervous. I’ve been photographing Tré since he was knee high and last year I spoke to his mother, my sister-in-law about encouraging him to enter modelling competitions, more so for a confidence booster as well as his charming good looks. So I started up again taking portrait photos of him 2 years ago and I would post his photos on my Facebook page for family and friends to view. It was so nice to receive the support from everyone else, including his peers at school, as I would tag him.
The crowd at the finals were such a cheerful bunch, supporting and cheering not only for their own but for all twelve finalist, it was a great atmosphere. I sat to the side taking photos of each model and took some awesome ones. Tré was so nervous that he pretty much ran on and off the stage for the first strut on the catwalk, I must say that it was funny. There were three heats, the first being “Presentation”, “Swim Wear” and “Casual Wear”. I noticed that he slowed his pace down and enjoyed the second and third round. He also looked over my way a lot, giving me a good range of photos to add to his portfolio. And not that I told him too, but that he’s so comfortable now with a camera in his face.
We were all so proud of him for sending in his own application, passing GO at the interview and gathering up the courage to walk the runway in front of a crowd of 80+ people. Tré did not win the male model “Face of Radio Metro”, however I think he won the most important and that was the “Listeners Choice” award. He gained the most votes online from the radio stations listeners. So if you see this face on the front cover of magazines, posters etc. remember that you read about his very first modelling experience here on Hina DT Photography’s blog.
Have a Good Day!!