Get in those jeans for ‘F3’

Ever dreamed of being the next “Top Model,” or showing off your figure in those pair of Apple Bottom jeans by Nelly that you saw in Honey magazine?

If this description fits you, then the chance to see yourself ‘in those jeans’ may be a little closer than you think.

Honey magazine, along with several local sponsors, will host the “F3 Model Search,” Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fabulous Apparel in Tallahassee Mall.

Representatives from clothing lines such as Akademiks, Apple Bottom by Nelly, Fetish by Eve and Parasuco will be in attendance to find models for the “F3 Fashion, Flava and Funk,” Fashion Show on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

“We are conducting a city-wide search to find people to model some of the designs, and who can display what they can do,” said Ashley Jackson, 21, a senior public relations student from Los Angeles and one of the coordinators of the event.

“We are trying to find the non-traditional models. Those who represent everyday people and who can bring fresh faces to the fashion scene,” she said. Unlike many traditional model searches, participants are not expected to bring their best outfits because the clothing lines will provide the outfits. The number of items each clothing line brings will determine the number of models selected.

Besides being featured in the fashion show, the model search will be a good time for participants to network with designers, Jackson said.

“This is one of those cases where I would say it’s not what you know, but rather who you know,” she said. “Whether you model for the actual show or not, just being there to talk with some of the designers can catapult into other opportunities beyond Tallahassee.”

Celebrity actress and model Meagan Good from “Deliver Us From Eva,” will be one of the five judges for the model search. Those selected to model for the event will receive a free outfit from respective designers and a free photo shoot to help their modeling career.

Sophomore Keisha Williams, 19, who has wanted to model since she was 15-years-old, said the event would be a great opportunity for people who want a shot at the catwalk.

“It seems like it is going to be an enjoyable experience for anyone who comes out,” she said. “It really helps that they are looking for everyday people, and not those who fit the normal description of a model.”

The “F3 Fashion, Flava and Funk,” Fashion Show and after party, which will be held at Chubby’s Night Club on Tennessee, will coincide with activities held during Homecoming week.

Organizers say it will give those in town something new to look forward to.

“We’ve been doing a lot of promotion for this, and how things are going, it promises to be very successful and professional,” said Tara Fulton, 20, a junior fashion merchandising Florida State University student from Frederick County, Md.

Jackson shared similar sentiments.

“We just really wanted to do something different for all of the folks that want to mingle and enjoy a different atmosphere,” she said.

Ticket prices for the “F3 Fashion, Flava and Funk” event are $10 in advance. A price has yet to be determined for at-the-door admissions. All proceeds of the event will go to “The Annual Big Bend Cares AIDS Walk” on Saturday, Oct. 25.