The search for the next gay top model begins

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Now in its fourth cycle, Vancouver’s Gay Top Model competition gets underway with a call for contestants.

Gay Top Model has become a staple in Vancouver’s gay community raising funds for Friends for Life Society. Taking place over three months, the competition includes a number of photo and video shoots plus three public events including the introduction of contestants, a nightclub party and the grand finale show at the River Rock Casino on April 23, 2011.

Auditions for this new season take place on Sunday, 16 January 2011, but contestants must sign up via email by noon on January 15, 2001.

Prospective models must be 19+ (as of the audition date), able to work in Canada, and available to participate in the competition from January to April 2011 in Vancouver.  Contestants are also required to have a valid passport. Qualified prospective contestants must send an email with your contact information and a recent photo to  According to show producer Terry Costa, the earlier contestants apply, the more information they will receive to help prepare them for the auditions.

“Each contestant that becomes a part of the event has the opportunity to shine in many different ways while the winner is getting a chance of a lifetime,” said Costa. “Last year’s winner, Fraser Barke, has graced the covers of magazines and can now be seen in campaigns for The Bay, Hakim Optical, Harry Rosen, Sandals Hotels and many more. This spring, Fraser will be in China while learning Italian before heading to Milan in the summer.”

Prizes for this year’s winner include the opportunity to escort a gay tour of Cuba from OUT Adventures, WhistlerPRIDE passes, spa packages, gifts from a number of local businesses plus a showcase in both Outlooks and WE-Westender newspapers and a photo shoot with Double Take2.

“It’s without question that the project opens doors to those that are seeking it and have the ‘it factor’, says Costa, “but it comes with a lot of hard work and perseverance. The first step is signing up for the project and committing to it. If nothing else, it’s a great time and one feels great that at the end it helps a great local charity, Friends for Life Society.”

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