Now the Sunday Herald, in collaboration with the Model Team and Jigsaw, are aiming to find two new Scottish fashion faces – one male and one female – who could become the country's next top models.
The competition, Fashion Faces of the Future, launches today and we're inviting aspiring young models – between the ages of 16 and 24 for women and 18 and 24 for men – to enter.
If you think you've got what it takes to become one of Scotland's next successful models all you have to do is drop into the Model Team's offices in Glasgow any Tuesday or Wednesday between 3pm and 5pm from September 3 to September 26, or visit the Jigsaw store on George Street in Edinburgh on Thursday September 20 between 11am and 3pm, to have your photo taken.
If you don't live nearby you can still enter by emailing an application to the Model Team. The terms and conditions, published below, include the full details of when, where and exactly how to enter.
The prize for both the male and female category winners includes a one-year contract with the Model Team, £500 to spend in Jigsaw, and a portfolio of images taken by Herald & Times Group photographers. The 15 finalists will also get the opportunity to take to the catwalk wearing a selection of Jigsaw's autumn/winter collection at Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on November 18, at the Sunday Herald charity fashion show.
But what's it like to be a model – to wear the clothes, walk down a catwalk and pose for some of the world's most famous photographers?
"A really exciting experience," according to 17-year-old model Ruth McGlynn, who appears in this week's Sunday Herald fashion shoot. "I have really enjoyed modelling so far. You get to experience so many new and different things. The biggest job I've done so far is the Scottish Fashion Awards this year. That was great because it was so exciting – you got to meet so many famous people and wear amazing clothes."
McGlynn, who grew up in Paisley and is signed to The Model Team, says: "I think my confidence since starting modelling has soared and Model Team are so supportive – they are always there if you need to talk to someone. In the future I'd love to get signed by a London agency and work with big photographers."
Brian Kearney, a 23-year-old model and lifeguard from Carstairs who appears alongside McGlynn in this week's fashion shoot, started modelling four years ago. He says: "One of my favourite times is when I went to Milan for six months and worked for an agency there. That was amazing. I really like modelling because I like meeting loads of new and different people. You also get a great buzz out of doing things like catwalk shows. The biggest job I've done is a campaign for a sportswear company – they took me up to the Highlands and had me running about in the heather."
The Sunday Herald will publish the photographs of all the entries in a special supplement on October 7. The public will then be able to vote for their favourite, the top 40 of which will go through to the semi-final. Our fashion editor Eva Arrighi will also choose her 10 favourites to join them. This top 50 will then be whittled down by our panel of judges to 15 finalists, from which a male and female winner will be chosen.
Cathy Owen, Model Team's operations manager, said: "Model Team are excited to collaborate on Fashion Faces of the Future. The Herald and Sunday Herald are renowned for producing excellent editorial stories, which are the 'holy grail' of shoots for our new faces. We hope will help discover models with high-calibre potential. Jigsaw are an excellent fashion partner, offering a generous prize, and the winners will appear in fashion spreads featuring the stunning Jigsaw collections. We are confident we will find true Fashion Faces of the Future."
Karen Fuller, Jigsaw's retail director, said: "Jigsaw is really excited to be involved. This venture will not only lead to a life-changing opportunity for the winning models, but also allows Jigsaw to showcase our beautiful Autumn/Winter collection. We wish all entrants the very best of luck."
The event is taking place in support of Debra, the national charity working on behalf of people in the UK with the genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
Jaye Hamilton, the charity's fundraising manager, said: "It's fantastic that the Sunday Herald's fashion event will support Debra. The money raised will go directly to supporting individuals and families affected by EB – a genetic condition that causes the skin to blister at the slightest touch. It looks set to be a fun-filled evening, which will enable Debra to continue its vital work."
HOW TO ENTER
Visit the Model Team's offices in Glasgow between 3pm and 5pm on any Tuesday or Wednesday between September 3 and September 26 to have your photo taken.
Or have your photograph taken instead at the Jigsaw store on George Street in Edinburgh on Thursday September 20 between 11am and 3pm
Or If you can't visit either of those locations you can email an application to the Model Team. Full details of how to enter in this way are included in the terms and conditions below
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
One entry per person.
The competition is not open to employees of Herald & Times Group, Model Team or Jigsaw.
No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
The competition is open to male and female applicants. The closing date is Wednesday September 26
Female entrants must be aged 16-24, height 5'7" minimum. Proof may be required.
Male entrants must be aged 18-24, height 5'11" minimum. Proof may be required.
Applicants must be available for following dates if selected: Sunday October 21, 2012 for auditions in Glasgow; Wednesday October 31, 2012 for the 15 finalists photo shoot; Sunday November 18, 2012 for The Herald and Sunday Herald charity fashion show at the Grand Central Hotel Glasgow, and Tuesday November 20, 2012 for the final winners' fashion shoot.
Applicants can enter by visiting Model Team, 20a Royal Crescent, Glasgow, G3 7SL to apply and have their headshot taken, any Tuesday or Wednesday between 3pm and 5pm from September 3-26, 2012.
Applicants can also visit Jigsaw, 49 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HT on Thursday September 20, 2012 between 11am and 3pm.
Alternatively, applicants can email an application to firstname.lastname@example.org, with 'Fashion Face for the Future' in the subject. They must include name, date of birth, location, contact details, height, bust/waist/hip (female) and chest/waist/leg (male). They must attach an image that has been taken against a white background/wall, with no make up, special effect or re-touching. An example is shown left, and any shots that do not meet the criteria will be discounted.
Applicants will be made aware that Herald & Times Group and Model Team will be allowed to have use of these images in relation to the competition. We retain the right to any images taken in relation to this competition and retain all rights to reproduce these images and to promote Herald & Times Group publications and online using these images with no time restrictions.
All entries will be published in a supplement to appear in the Sunday Herald on Sunday October 7, 2012. Readers will then be able to vote by text or phone for their favourites. The top 40 finalists chosen by readers will be asked to attend the Grand Central Hotel Glasgow on Sunday October 21, 2012, where they will appear before our judging panel. The 15 finalists chosen by the judging panel on this day will go forward to the charity fashion show on Sunday November 18, 2012, where one male and female winner will be chosen.
The Sunday Herald reserves the right to chose 10 wild-card entries from all received entries to also appear before the judging panel on Sunday October 21, 2012, and these 10 will be chosen by Herald & Times Group Fashion Editor Eva Arrighi.
The final 15 finalists will appear as part of The Herald and Sunday Herald charity fashion show at the Grand Central Hotel Glasgow on Sunday November 18, 2012, where the final male and female winner will be chosen and announced.
There will be one male winner and one female winner. Each will win a one-year contract with Model Team, Scotland's first and only AMA agency, £500 to spend in Jigsaw, and a portfolio of images taken by Herald & Times Group photographers supplied on disc.
Entrants must not have entered into any commercial, sponsorship or other agreement or arrangement with any person, firm or company (including a modelling or talent agency) that may affect their entry into the competition.
Entrants to the competition agree that any personal information provided may be used by Herald & Times Group, Model Team or Jigsaw for the purposes of publicising the competition.
By entering the competition, the models consent to having their photographs taken for use by Herald & Times Group and Model Team in public advertising campaigns and online and for such other purpose as deemed appropriate.
Herald & Times Group and Model Team may use these images free of charge and the entrants and the overall winner shall not be entitled to receive payment for any reproduction or future use of such images. Images may be edited/retouched.
All costs incurred by the finalists and winners in connection with attending any photo shoots or judging sessions, including without limitation travel, accommodation, spending money, meals and drinks, together with any other expenses incurred in connection with this competition, are their responsibility.
Herald & Times Group and Model Team shall be entitled to publish the name of the winner and shall be entitled to use, free of charge, any or all material submitted for reproduction in any form.
All prizes are non-transferable and there will be no cash alternative or alternative prizes available.