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By Earl Kruser
Some of Cape Town's young beauties packed the stage area of the food court at Canal Walk on Sunday, each with aspirations to become the next supermodel.
This year the Rooi Rose Supermodel of the Year competition, which launched the career of Charlize Theron, takes a different format and will be screened as a reality show on SABC2.
The Cape Town leg of the auditions saw 121 girls from across the Western Cape, eventually wittled down to 20, woo the judges in an attempt to secure a place in the reality show's "supermodel house".
There, 25 national finalists will compete for the ultimate prize and the much coveted title of 2005 Supermodel. To emerge as the overall winner, the finalists will live with each other and participate in photo shoots, ramp workshops and make-overs during their stay.
"I think it would be quite entertaining to live with 24 other beautiful, young women under the same roof; there's bound to be a few surprises along the way," said part-time model Suhina Singh, who was chosen as one of the 20 regional finalists.
Jackie van Eck also made it through to the last 20 models and said that she would love to make it on to the reality television show.
"I don't get along with other women easily, so it would be an intriguing prospect," Van Eck said.
"Also, it will give the viewers a chance to see models for who they really are."
The winner will walk away with an international modelling contract in Milan, a Rooi Rose cover girl and fashion shoot, a one-week contract with Cape Town Fashion Week, a Toyota RunX and a year's supply of Revlon and Truworths products and clothing.
The competition will also give one of the 25 finalists an opportunity to land a role in the popular local television series 7de Laan.
The winner of the competition will not necessarily be given the role, say the organisers, as the judges will choose the contestant with the most suitable acting ability.
The new reality show will premier on SABC2 at 6pm on May 12.