Kathmandu, JanuaryÂ 9, 2017:Â Young models filling up registration forms, standing in a queue, wishing one another good luck, and taking selfies â€” it was the scene on the premises of Embassy Restaurant, Panipokhari on January 8. Occasion was the Model Auditions for the biggest fashion show of the nation â€” Ruslan â€“ The Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week 2017. And these women were busy in different activities as they readied themselves for the auditions going on in the Restaurantâ€™s hall.
Over 200 professional and aspiring models had gathered at the venue with the same goal â€” to compete against each other at the audition round to bag a spot at the Fashion Week.
As the auditions for this biggest fashion event in the country began, fit and glamorous young girls walked the catwalk confidently in front of a panel of judges. All the models were seen giving their best in the auditions, so that they could be a part of the fashion extravaganza.
One of them was 22-year-old Sahara Basnet. â€œTGIF Nepal Fashion Week is the top fashion show in the country. And being a part of it would give me an exposure in my modelling career,â€ shared Basnet. As she strutted in her high heels before the judges, she â€œwas a little nervousâ€ but was confident that â€œI have given my bestâ€.
Shivani Malla, a nurse by profession, was another participant. This was her second year at the audition round â€” she participated in 2016 too but wasnâ€™t selected. She claimed to have given her best this year, though Malla felt, â€œItâ€™s tougher this time.â€
The audition round also saw experienced models like Alka Rai. The 23-year-old has already walked down the runway of TGIF Nepal Fashion Week in 2014 and 2016. This year too she is hopeful to succeed at the auditions and be a part of the Fashion Week. â€œI feel happy that the number of participants in the audition round is increasing every year. It is getting tougher but I am hopeful to get selected,â€ Rai expressed.
These participants were adjudged by a panel of judges comprising Shailaja Adhikary, Managing Director, IEC Group, among others. â€œItâ€™s nice because the Fashion Week is getting bigger and better every year. Itâ€™s a tough competition. Most of the girls have good looks and height and they have the audacity to make a career in modelling. It all makes us proud,â€ Adhikary shared at the event.
Ruslan â€“ The Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week 2017 in association with TRESemme has been powered by Mahindra XUV, and Silk Air is the airlines partner.