Twenty young Lower Mainland women will be modelling for cancer at an upcoming fashion show and fundraising dinner in Richmond as part of an annual local model search and contest.
The finalists were announced on Thursday as part of the sixth annual ITM-NSR Model Look North America 2010.
The winner will be selected to compete in China’s largest modelling contest.
The contestants, aged 15 to 22, go through six weeks of training to develop their modelling skills before a Glamour Finale Show on July 8 at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond.
Ticket sales benefit the B.C. Cancer Foundation, which is especially meaningful for some of the finalists.
“Last year, my father lost his battle with cancer,” said Stevi Ellis, 22, from Coquitlam. “I fully recognize and appreciate the importance of supporting the B.C. Cancer Foundation.”
Alexia Fast, 17, from Vancouver, lost her great-grandfather and three uncles to cancer.
“My grandmother had breast cancer and survived,” Fast said. “Now that I’m a young adult, I want to contribute to cancer research.”