DERRY model hopeful Tabea Wayrauch has reached the final six in the hugely successful RTE series The Model Scouts - and is now just weeks away from finding out whether or not she has secured a dream contract with IMG models.
The Derry school girl, who had to keep her involvement in the show a secret, will be seen in tonight’s episode travelling to Australia for a make or break fortnight at the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.
This week, the girls’ apprenticeship is over as the show’s judges Jeni Rose and David Cunningham need to see how the girls handle the real world of modelling.
The focus for the first week is on castings, as Fashion Week officially starts next week. The six girls will be put up for all the castings, each hoping to get picked for the shows. “From now on they are working models, this is the real deal,” a spokesperson for RTE said.
During the week, the girls attend castings for designers such as Konstantina Mittas, Flannel and Ksubi.
There is also another photo shoot in Sydney. This time the photographer is a Terence Chin, who shoots for all the top fashion magazines in Australia.
He sets up a beach shoot by the beautiful Bronte Beach in Sydney. But they won’t be shot alone, this time the girls are joined by top Australian male model Tom O’Connor, and we get to see another side of the girls on film.
Viewers will have to wait until tonight to see how Derry’s Tabea, who has so far been tipped to win, gets on. But the 17 year old has said, regardless of the outcome, her experiences on the programme have changed her ambitions.
“Up until this process started, I saw myself going to University in Scotland and maybe doing something with engineering and now that seems really dull to me. I just want to travel, I want model now. I don’t want to become a physicist or an engineer anymore,” she said.