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Tahoe teens off to Big Apple to pursue modeling careers

B.H. Bose

Most young girls dream of becoming a model, but few grow up to chase the dream. Even a smaller number actually make a living modeling. Two South Lake Tahoe youths are confident they will be apart of that elite group.

“I have wanted to be a model since I was 12 years old,” said Darla Haskins. “My dad used to call me ‘Barbie,’ so I finally went with it.”

Haskins, 18, and fellow South Lake Tahoe resident Emma Magelssen, 15, have been attending John Robert Powers modeling agency in Sacramento. For the past 10 weeks, they have been going to the capital every weekend to train in all aspects of modeling.

Recently, the director at JRP picked the region’s top 70 models in all age groups – from babies on up – to attend the International Modeling and Talent Association convention in New York in July. The convention will be attended by the top agencies in the field, including Ford, Elite, Click, L.A. Models, and Next.

Two of the 70 going will be Haskins, who moved to South Lake Tahoe last month, and Magelssen, who is a sophomore at South Tahoe High School. They will attend the convention with the hope of becoming the top model in their respective age group.

“I want to be No. 1,” said Magelssen, who will be competing in the T4 category (ages 13-15). “I want to model my way through high school and into college. I would like to make a lot of money so I can pay for a master’s degree in dramatic theater and then go into acting.”

A competition will be included in the schedule of events at the convention. All the girls will compete in runway, legs, swimsuit, hair and makeup, and a jeans category. The contestants will be scored in each, and top models will be selected.

Whether or not Haskins and Magelssen make it into the top tier of models in the competition isn’t that vital, they said, simply making the trip most likely means getting future work.

“John Robert Powers has a very good reputation in the business and has had a top model selection for the past seven consecutive years,” said Haskins, who will be competing in the division for ages 17 to 19. “I am excited, and not very nervous because just going is a major accomplishment.”

“Almost all the girls who go get call backs from agencies,” added Magelssen.

The IMTA convention will be held July 25-Aug. 1. With fees, lodging and traveling expenses, the trip will get fairly expensive, so they are both looking for sponsors. Anyone wanting to help the young ladies with their expenses, may call 581-9149.

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