Strike a Pose! Vogue's Open Casting Call is Searching for the Next Diverse Model Star
Calling all aspiring models! Vogue, the world's most prestigious fashion magazine, has just announced its first-ever open casting call. This initiative aims to find and nurture the next generation of diverse model talent from around the world. With a focus on size inclusivity, the finalists will be featured in the October issues of international editions of Vogue and will receive long-term support and mentorship to jumpstart their careers.
For over 130 years, Vogue has been the ultimate authority in the fashion industry, setting the standards for beauty and style. Now, the magazine is taking a bold step towards better representation by opening up its casting call to anyone over 18 years old who identifies as femme and is looking to break into the modeling industry.
The Open Casting is a collaboration between 22 international editions of Vogue, led by the US, and will be overseen by a committee of Vogue editors and industry leaders, including Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, Eva Chen, and Paloma Elsesser. The finalists will be chosen based on their headshot and a short video showcasing their personality, which can be submitted through the casting portal on Vogue.com starting from April 24th.
The inaugural Open Casting will place a particular emphasis on size inclusivity, responding to the lack of progress seen on the runway in recent seasons. Research conducted by Vogue Business showed that of the 9,137 looks across 219 shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris during the Autumn/Winter 2023 season, just 0.6% were plus-size (US 14+) and 3.8% were mid-size (US 6-12), despite the average US woman being a size US 16.
To find the "faces of tomorrow," casting directors Piergiorgio Del Moro and Samuel Ellis Scheinman will also join the Vogue Open Casting committee. Their firm DMCasting has cast shows and campaigns for brands including Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, and Versace.
"We want to build them up, to help them create relationships - it's what we've done with everyone from Kate Moss to Anok Yai. We give them the tools: access to brilliant photographers, great stylists, hair and makeup artists, and of course, the best clothes so that they can learn and become amazing models." - Rosie Vogel-Eades, Vogue’s global director of talent and casting
Aside from the opportunity to be featured in Vogue, the selected finalists will receive mentorship from the Vogue team and members of the Open Casting selection committee to help them make career decisions and build industry relationships. According to Rosie Vogel-Eades, Vogue’s global director of talent and casting, "We want to build them up, to help them create relationships - it's what we've done with everyone from Kate Moss to Anok Yai. We give them the tools: access to brilliant photographers, great stylists, hair and makeup artists, and of course, the best clothes so that they can learn and become amazing models."
Some of the most successful models of all time, including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, were discovered in the most unexpected places. Who knows, you could be the next Vogue star. So, don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and submit your headshot and video on Vogue.com today. Good luck!