FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Absolutely, yes. Signing up for ASOTY does not change your agency status in any way. Most of our past entrants have been agency signed models and they are continuing with their agencies even after competing in the ASOTY program.
The maximum categories that you can register for is 3. You will need to submit a separate application for each of the categories. We do not advise applying for more than one category unless you are competing in a popular category like runway or commercial. Due to a large number of applications in Runway and Commercial categories, the additional registrations act like a back-up plan.
Please email us on [email protected] requesting for “Entry Fee Sponsorship’.
Please note that alignment with the ASOTY Vision and your 100% commitment is the foundation on which we approve any applications.
The registration process is very simple and can generally take about 15-30 minutes to complete. Please click on REGISTER HERE and complete the online Application Form. You will need your measurements, 3 photos and some basic information to complete this form. Our team will be happy to help if you have require any assistance. Please DM us on our official Instagram page @australiansupermodeloftheyear or email us on [email protected]
Most of the activities including the auditions and online workshops will be scheduled on holidays and on weekends ( with some exceptions). We are also trying to schedule the finals during or around school holidays to make travel easier for those who make it to the finals. We are hoping that travel becomes possible and safe for us to plan the finals in Bali.
ASOTY is a modelling competition designed like a learning & mentoring platform. The entrants are able to learn & earn points throughout the journey. These points help them in progressing through the various stages of the competition. And eventually into the Grand Finals of the Competition. Points are rewarded right from the Application stage for all activities including the application, auditions, online modules, mentoring sessions, social media quality, content creation, photography, attitude, team work, charity work, collaborations, challenges, community work, etc.
Every finalist gets to walk the runway during the Grand Finale.
The Finale runway is not for Runway models exclusively. Models from each category will be coached & trained for the runway.
Some of the Categories may have specific requirements like an age limit, minimum height, etc. Most categories, however, are open to all. Please make sure you are picking the right category according to your interest, passion and strengths. Our team is happy to help you understand and make the right category choice. Please DM us and we will make sure one of us replies back immediately.
Please remember that you can change your category even after you progress to the Entrant stage. The Entrant Stage is the level after you are successful in the auditions.
We do not believe that women in modelling, fashion and society should be categorised by their size at all. However, we do believe that we need to create opportunities for the unrepresented sections of the society. The Curve, Petite, Modest, Fitness and Street categories are classified under True Inclusiveness Section now. But they will still be able to compete in the main categories- Commercial/ Advertising, Runway/ Catwalk, Editorial/ Fashion and Social/ Influencers. There is no reason a Curve or Petite model shouldn’t walk a runway or shoot an editorial along with every other category model. True Inclusiveness is what the industry needs.
This ensures that each of the so-far-unrepresented categories not only have a group of their own, but also get to compete in the main sections of the competition.
You can skip the main category and pick a sub-category if you like, but that will mean you cannot compete and win in any of the categories. You will however be able to take part in all the activities. We encourage and strongly recommend picking a main category first and then selecting a sub-category.
Also, not selecting a main category may lower your chances of making it to the next level throughout the program.
Yes, we will be accepting models with tattoos. ASOTY is all about inclusiveness and diversity.
A tattoo is not going to make much of a difference these days especially if it is not on the face or the neck/ head area.
It definitely is a limitation still in commercial terms but the industry is changing.
You can chose a main competition Category and then select STREET as your Sub-Category when applying. You will be able to enter as a Street Model but apply under the main categories- Runway, Commercial, Editorial and Social ( Influencer ) depending on your interest and strengths.
The registration fee structure will remain the same across all countries. An equivalent of AU$100 needs to be paid online while completing the registration form. This fee is non-refundable. And helps the program cover a small part of its admin and operational expenses.
Please email us on [email protected] requesting for “Entry Fee Sponsorship’ if you are not in a position to pay the Registration Fee. Please note that alignment with the ASOTY Vision and your 100% commitment is the foundation on which we approve any Fee Waiver.
We will have to wait for the pandemic situation to change completely before we plan any travel overseas. All government and international guidelines will be adhered to while deciding on the Bali finals for ASOTY 2023.
You do not require any previous modelling experience to apply for ASOTY. Any experience is helpful but does not give you any extra points in the competition. Everyone starts with zero points when they apply irrespective of their previous modelling experience.
What truly matters is how you fill the application, how you answer each question there, how you write your bio, what your goals are, what you are posting on social media, what you are talking about on social media, is there an alignment with your goals and your direction, how you treat others, how you support other girls, how passionate you are about modelling and fashion and sustainability, how truly you believe in diversity and inclusiveness, how seriously you take the online sessions and all the mentoring, how you grow yourself and help others grow during this process, your future potential as a model, your motivation level and drive to change things around you and above all your willingness to learn and give everyday of yours a better shot.
We are hopeful and excited about the finals in Bali. But we will have to follow all government and international guidelines in order to make this experience safe for everyone. In case travel is not safe, the winner will be decided after the online learning and mentoring programs are over. Points earned during auditions, online workshops, activities on social media, etc., will be vital in this case. The Grand Finals will be cancelled if travel is not possible.
We are discussing other options but nothing has been decided yet.
The auditions for ASOTY 2023 are likely to happen online just like the current season. This will however depend on how the pandemic situation improves both in Australia and overseas.
The pandemic situation in Australia and overseas can impact or delay the 2023 finals. We may hold the finals virtually in that case like we planned for 2022
We need to know the possibilities of travel overseas and ensure the highest safety standards for everyone before we can decide on the event and the venue.
The Grand Finals for 2023 are likely be held in Bali during January/ February 2023.
Please stay updated by checking our NEWS section regularly.
The audition are divided into two sections. The Candidates will be required to send in a video answering a few questions. The questions will be sent to each one of the Candidates.
You will also be required to include a short video showcasing your runway abilities if you can.
We will then schedule the second part of the auditions through a Zoom call with candidates who are successful in the first part of the auditions.
If you are already under a contract with an agency, you don’t need to sign up with us.
If you don’t have an agency, the initial contract with ASOTY which is part of the application, will be for a duration of one year starting from the day you qualify into the finals of the program ( or earlier, if mutually agreed ).
Most or all of the auditions are likely to happen via Zoom calls this year. In case you miss an on-ground audition, you will be able to send in a video recording too replying to some of the questions that the team will email you in such circumstances.
Securing a sponsor will speak volumes about your passion, planning, drive, understanding business, networking and communication skills which are going to be vital in your modelling, creative and professional career.
We also have a Sponsorship Programme* in place supported by our vision partners @worldofjass for entrants who are exceptional but unable to find any sponsors. It does, however, require every finalist to try and secure at least one brand partner before they can decide that they need a WOJ Sponsorship to support their ASOTY journey. Our team will be able to guide you in identifying & approaching sponsors.
Our philosophy as a community is to approach the Covid-19 situation with empathy and care. It is our top priority and we are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our models, mentors, judges, partners, crew members and support teams. Weare continuously monitoring the pandemic situation and taking all steps, in consultation with our vision partners, including the option to complete most or all of the auditions, educational, learning, mentoring and activities online, if necessary. We will follow the Australian Government and International agencies’ like World Health Organisation Guidelines before we take any decision on any travel or on-ground activities.
We will keep updating the changes & measures we’re introducing this season, here and in the NEWS section of this website, that will help you understand the ASOTY 2021 PROGRAM better.
Australian Super Model of the Year ( ASOTY ) is a fashion-focused, learning and mentoring program that aims to educate and represent models/ creatives/ influencers of diverse beliefs, cultures, ethnicities, interests, shapes and sizes. Australia represents this diversity naturally with people from all over the world living here, and calling it home. We want to extend this Australian inclusive platform to models and creative talent from other nations and cultures too. And that is the idea behind opening the program gradually to talent from other countries. We are including France, Indonesia, India & Russia this year. And of course, New Zealand. The goal at ASOTY is not as much to identify the most beautiful girl, but to educate and communicate that everyone is beautiful. There is a Supermodel in each one of us. And we must help everyone discover the Supermodel within them.
The theme for last year was ‘I am beautiful’, ‘I am strong’ and ‘I am enough’. We are initiating our journey towards true sustainability this year. And “I am forever” is going to anchor us through this season. The theme for 2021 and 2022 will be initiated in July this year.
We represent beauty within. And not just outside. ‘Role Modelling’ is probably the best way to describe our vision for the future.
There are 7 steps ( 4 Stages ) to winning the Diamond of the Year title. And all these are explained in our HOW IT WORKS Section. If chosen as a finalist, you will join 29 other selected finalists to take part in the Grand Final Program in Bali*, Indonesia. During your time on the Island of Gods, you will interact & learn from experts in the business of fashion & modelling, shoot with our partner brands & international photographers, participate in educational workshops, experience the Balinese culture, compete in ASOTY Fashion Week & create memories/ friendships that will last a lifetime. You will gain a new perspective of the fashion and creative industry that will help you further your career as a model and/ or influencer.
*We are monitoring the Covid19 situation closely. At the time of updating this website, ASOTY 2021 is most likely to be an online program due to travel restrictions and safety issues. But we are hopeful that we might be able to plan our finals in Bali.
The ASOTY experience is worth thousands of dollars once you get selected for the finals. The learnings from ASOTY can help you gain a new confidence, understand the industry better, plan your modelling or creative career wisely, interact and network with some amazing industry professionals, collaborate with some iconic labels, meet amazing people from other parts of the world, make new friends, and of course, you may get to travel to Bali. Please go through the Terms and Conditions when applying for the Program for the Prizes that can be won in addition to all the amazing learning, mentoring, collaborative and work opportunities during and after the program.
The Grand Finale is currently scheduled for the 2nd of October 2021. And will consist of at least three rounds. These rounds are professionally styled by designers and fashion stylists. You will however need to carry some dresses, basic clothing, heels, shoes, make-up and model kit with you.
Accommodation and meals will be arranged for all finalists. Flight tickets will be arranged only for “Sponsored Contestants’.
We have a Sponsorship Programme in place for limited number of contestants who qualify for the Finals but are not able to find a sponsor. Please contact the ASOTY team on [email protected] after the auditions.
We have a Sponsorship Programme* in place supported by our vision partners @worldofjass. These are limited sponsorships for entrants who are exceptional but unable to find any sponsors for various reasons ( for example, busy school schedules, living in small towns, etc ). We do however require every finalist to try and secure at least one brand partner before they can decide that they need a WOJ Sponsorship to support their ASOTY journey. Securing a sponsor will also speak volumes about your passion, planning, drive, understanding business, networking and communication skills which are going to be vital in your modelling and creative career. Our team will be able to guide you in identifying & approaching sponsors.
You need a minimum of 1 gold or 2 silver sponsors once you qualify to the 3rd stage of the competition. You cannot add any more sponsors until you qualify to the 4th stage.
There is no cost other than the $100 non-refundable application/ registration fee. All activities including the auditions, workshops, online mentoring sessions, learning modules will be paid for by the organisers. The Grand Finals in Bali too will be organised by the Organisers. Please read the Terms & Conditions of the Program carefully before submitting your application. You will need to secure a minimum of one Silver Sponsor or 2 Gold Sponsors to stay in the running and make it to the finals.
It is important that you understand the vision and mission of ASOTY. Learning, understanding and implementing core ASOTY values of true diversity, true inclusiveness and most of all, responsible modelling, are the best practices you can adopt to be successful in this journey.
Understanding the point system and completing all assignments on time is the key to progressing through various stages of ASOTY. You will learn more about it in the orientation sessions.
A basic outfit that is used for casting is sufficient. A fitted denim or a pair of shorts, a fitted top and heels or boots would do.
You can also bring a formal or evening dress for photo opportunities if the auditions happen on-ground in your city.
Auditions are most likely to happen online this year. So you might just need a smart outfit which could be whatever you are comfortable with- a pair of jeans and your favourite top, your favourite dress, your favourite hoodie, anything. Just make sure you present yourself in the best possible way as if attending an interview for a beauty or fashion company.
Having made it to the finals is a great achievement in itself. The mentoring and learning program is worth thousands of dollars.
We also have loads of gifts and gift vouchers for all finalists sponsored by our vision partners and sponsors. You will be taking home some cool ASOTY 2020 merchandise. And there are many more prizes for those who support the vision partners and their individual brand partners the best. The winners get Paid Contracts to work with ASOTY partners and other brands.
We have had challenges with prize distribution in the past. But we are working on making this as smooth as possible. The pandemic multiplied these problems as we couldn’t sell any of our merchandise this year.
Please remember that we are not funded or sponsored by a corporate. Most of the funding is internally generated. We also have some amazing Vision Partners who believe and support the ASOTY Vision. We have avoided bringing large corporates onboard in order to keep this platform focused on the ASOTY vision and the talent’s growth as much as possible, instead of making it all about advertising and promoting products and brands.