TOP MODEL FAQ
#1 HOW DO I APPLY TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE 2024 TOP MODEL COMPETITION FOR GREENVILLE FASHION WEEK® (GFW)?
There are three easy steps to apply. Complete the nonrefundable online application. Upload headshot and full body image within application.Pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee or $50 Top Model application fee. Please see all requirements (#4) to ensure that you meet all requirements before submitting your application.
*Please note that your application will not be reviewed until the online payment is completed.
#2 WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING MODEL APPLICATIONS?
Entries must be received no later than 8 p.m. (EST) on December 29, 2023 in order to secure an audition time. Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2023 and Sunday, January 14, 2024– call time to be determined by GFW.
#3 WHAT IF I MISS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY? AM I STILL ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND AUDITIONS?
To secure an audition, models MUST submit an online application by the deadline outlined above. Video submissions will NOT be accepted. Top Model applicants must meet the age requirement (15-25) as of April 1, 2024 and height requirements of 5'7"+, pay a $50 application-processing fee, and complete the official GFW Top Model Application, including model measurements.
#4 WHAT REQUIREMENTS MUST A MODEL POSSESS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR TOP MODEL?
Female Models Only
Age 15-25 as of April 1, 2024
Must be 5'7" or taller
Live within a three hour radius of Greenville, SC
No braces or visible tattoos
*All tattoos MUST be covered at all times. Please note that you are responsible for covering all tattoos for any GFW events yourself.
Eligible applicants who are under 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to apply, and must be at the audition to sign a waiver or model will not be permitted to audition.
NOTE: *Height will be checked at registration. The application fee is nonrefundable.
#5 IF SELECTED AS A GFW TOP MODEL FINALIST, WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
All models are required to attend the Model Training Workshop – Sunday, March 3, 2024. Attendance to all fittings, rehearsals, designer and boutique go-sees are required the week prior to GFW.
The week of Greenville Fashion Week, April 2 – 6, 2024, models are required to be available for the following:
Rehearsals – Thursday afternoon/early evening, April 4, 2024
Runway shows, April 3rd, 5th & 6th, 2024 – as early as 3:00 p.m. to as late as 11:00 p.m
If you are selected as one of the Top 12 finalists, you must be available for a mandatory meeting on January 21, 2024 and Top Model filming along with interviews on March 2, 2024.
Should you win the title of Top Model 2024, you will be required for various appearances including boutique/sponsor visits, appearances, photoshoots, etc. This can vary between 3-7 days a month. You will also be required to post on social media as outlined in your contract.
#6 HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS?
All models are required to bring a 5×7 color headshot and 5×7 full body shot to the auditions along with a 5×7 swimsuit photo should you elect to audition for swim.Practice your walk, poses, and presentation!
#7 IF I AM SELECTED FOR AN AUDITION, WHEN/HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED?
All applicants will be notified via email if selected to attend auditions once applications have closed within one week of auditions. Audition emails will be sent on January 5, 2024. The email confirmation will include: date, time, location and assigned time to register. Audition times are at the sole discretion of Greenville Fashion Week. Times could vary based on number of applicants. Please be sure to block the entire date on your calendar.
*All GFW correspondence is done via e-mail. Be sure the email address on your application is correct otherwise you will NOT receive information from GFW.
#8 WHAT DO I WEAR TO AUDITIONS?
Female Models must wear all black fitted clothing. Ankles must be visible. (Black Leggings, 4" or taller black heels, solid tank or t-shirt- please have a black undergarment under your shirt.) Natural makeup, no jewelry, and hair pulled back away from face.
If you are auditioning for swimsuit, please have a black solid swimsuit under your leggings. You will have your headshot taken in your all black outfit and then will audition for the judges in your swimsuit.
Male Models must wear black shoes, black pants and black t-shirt or tank. If you are auditioning for swimsuit, you will have your headshot taken and then audition shirtless for the judges.
#9 HOW MANY TIMES WILL I WALK IF I AM SELECTED?
Greenville Fashion Week only guarantees that each selected model will walk once throughout the duration of the week. While some models may be selected for more than one designer/ boutique, please note that it is possible that you may only be selected to walk once.
#10 WHERE WILL THE GFW MODEL TRAINING DAY, FITTINGS AND REHEARSALS BE HELD? WHAT DATES AND WHAT TIMES?
All events will take place in Greenville, South Carolina. Exact location and time will be sent to models via e-mail at a later date. Time-blocks are assigned by and at the sole discretion of GFW. Mark your calendar NOW for the following:
Model Training Day: Sunday, March 3, 2024
Fittings – TBD between March 24-April 2, 2024
Rehearsal: Thursday, April 4, 2024
Runway Shows: April 3, 5 & 6, 2024
#11 WHAT IS THE MODEL SELECTION PROCESS?
Models are presented to Emerging Designers and Featured Designers, boutiques, and sponsors for initial selection. Final selections are at the sole discretion of GFW and based on production and overall event need. Here are more details for each:
If selected, models are required to attend fitting(s) for featured designers, boutiques or sponsors. Day/time is at the sole discretion of GFW. Models cast for more than one show and/or event are required to attend each go-see and/or fitting. Final fittings will take place as needed and are managed by GFW pending the overall production/event schedule.
TIP: Mark your calendar in advance with the dates above (#10) to ensure you are available. GFW, designers, boutiques and/or sponsors will NOT work around your schedule.
#12 HOW ARE TOP MODEL FINALISTS SELECTED TO COMPETE IN THE 2024 ROCK THAT RUNWAY MODEL COMPETITION?
Selection for Rock THAT Runway Model Competition is based on industry criteria by a model panel of experts. Models must be 5'7" or taller between the ages of 15 and 25. Twelve Top Models will be selected to compete for the coveted title of 2024 GFW Top Model.
*Please note that there is a separate application to complete should you wish to be considered for a 2024 Top Model Finalists and that the fee for this is $50.00. Be sure to read through the Top Model Competition FAQ prior to completion regarding expectations.
#13 WHAT DOES THE 2024 GFW TOP MODEL RECEIVE?
The Winner will be selected by a panel of expert judges after competing on the runway Friday, April 5, 2024 and announced at Saturday’s show on April 6, 2024.
Prize package valued at over $5,000 includes:
Photo-shoots with GFW Photographers to build portfolio
Mentoring opportunity with industry leader and modeling professional
Will be the official GFW Brand Ambassador for 2024
Assistance signing with a major agency
Trip to NYC or comparable major city
NOTE: *Additional prizes may be announced at a later date.
#14 ARE MODELS WHO ARE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN GREENVILLE FASHION WEEK COMPENSATED?
Models will attend a training workshop with industry professionals. Models will also be recognized in the 2024 Greenville Fashion Week program book and given access to online photo gallery from event for portfolio- no other compensation.
#15 ARE THERE ANY FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS TO PARTICIPATE AS A MODEL?
GFW requires a Top Model processing fee of $50 to apply. All models are also responsible for any and all costs associated with auditions, rehearsals, go-sees or fittings, and the week of the event including all transportation to/from Greenville, meals, lodging, and parking fees.
#16 IF SELECTED FOR A SPECIAL EVENT, PHOTOSHOOT, OR RUNWAY SHOW, WILL TRAVEL TO/FROM GREENVILLE AND ACCOMMODATIONS BE COVERED?
All models are responsible for travel to/from Greenville and lodging the week of GFW. Visit the GFW website for hotel partners and our host hotel, who may offer a preferred rate.
#17 WILL I RECEIVE A TICKET TO THE EVENT AS A GFW MODEL?
Models or parents do not receive a ticket to GFW.
#18 ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES FOR BEING A TOP MODEL AT GREENVILLE FASHION WEEK?
All top models selected to participate in Greenville Fashion Week 2024 runway shows, special event, or photo-shoot will receive the following: Visibility to local and national fashion industry leaders, stylists and media along with recognition in the 2024 Greenville Fashion Week Program along with promotional opportunities as a Top Model Finalist.