Two Vancouver-area women are among the 11 finalists for the upcoming season of Canada’s Next Top Model, CTV announced yesterday.

Jill, 19, from Vancouver is enrolled in Women’s Studies at Langara College. Maryam, 18, from North Van, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science at Simon Fraser University. CTV is not releasing their last names.
A third woman from B.C. also made it, 22-year-old Penticton-resident Alexandra.

Jill said that she has dreamed of living the glamorous life of a model from an early age. During high school, she worked at Toys “R” Us where she would stand at the Barbie section, looking at their outfits and taking notes.

Maryam, 18, immigrated to Canada from Iran two years ago.

She said she’s grateful to have an opportunity to model.

“I’ve been in a country where I didn’t have the freedom to think about it … there are models but they wear scarves,” she said. “I want to represent all the exotic beauty of women that (are) in the Middle Eastern countries that nobody sees.”

Canada’s Next Top Model “Strikes a Pose” premières May 26.

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