Local model search: For `real' women only

March 12, 2004|By Jennifer Lehman | Jennifer Lehman,SUN STAFF

Linda Lundstrom is looking for a few good women. Make that "authentic" women.

Lundstrom, who designs clothing for women sizes 4 to 24, is bringing her Authentic Woman Model Search to Baltimore tomorrow. The focus is on "inner beauty," rather than physical appearance, and there's an essay involved.

Women may enter the contest at Chez Elle, 22 Village Square in the Village of Cross Keys, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrants must take a photograph of themselves, and a written response to two questions: "What is most important to you?" and "What makes you an authentic woman?" Judges will determine winners based on the answers.

"We are looking for something meaty," says Lundstrom's publicist, Amy Krakow. "We care about the substance inside the person because that's really what makes us beautiful." Authenticity, she says, "means being true to yourself, knowing who you are, having a sense of compassion and caring about the world around you."

Women of all shapes are invited to enter the contest; the judges won't focus on stereotypical fashion-model figures.

Patty Puller, owner of Chez Elle, says full-figured women never get enough recognition in the fashion world. "I think it's sad because that definitely says something about how women are viewed."

The Baltimore winner will receive $300 toward Lundstrom purchases at Chez Elle. All contestants will be entered in the North American Competition, in which eight women will be chosen to take part in a fashion photo shoot in Toronto, where Lundstrom is based.

For more details, visit http://www.lindalundstrom.com.

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