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Posted at 4:26 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Want to be the next Gisele? Here's your chance

By Katherine Boyle

DC has a lot of "First Annual [insert fashion-related event here]." They take many forms. Charity fashion shows. Embassy fashion shows. Dogs in fashion shows. Occasionally, you'll spot a Salahi (or two) lurking in the corner or sauntering down the catwalk.

Most of these annual shows last a year or two. Sometimes, they last longer, if the shows' promoters are particularly enthusiastic, as seems to be the case with the team behind the First Annual DC International Runway Contest & Fashion Show. On March 6th, Sal Zafar and Manan Singh Katohora will stage a modeling contest for local women with dreams of becoming the next Karlie or Gisele. With Miss D.C.'s Stephanie Williams judging the walks and style of the women, it appears to be an open casting call without any agency presence.

But that's okay! There will be prizes!

For the participants, there will be trophies and gift certificates from Buddha Bar. For the local designers -- some showcasing wares from Pakistan or Russia -- there will be free models to don their garments. For the audience, there are belly dancers, hors d'oeuvres from Akbar Palace, and a cash bar in case you get thirsty.

But like with many first-time fashion events in the District, there's been a slight change of plans. It appears the ever-present Michaele Salahi will not be judging due to an unexpected conflict. No word on who will take her place or what her conflict might be.


($30, Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S Orme Street, Arlington VA. Festivities start at 4:00 p.m.)

By Katherine Boyle  | March 4, 2011; 4:26 PM ET
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