Model Hopefuls Strut Their Stuff

By WBNG News

February 16, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 10:08 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local girls are walking a catwalk in Vestal, strutting their stuff in hopes of getting their chance at becoming America's Next Top Model.

More than 100 girls lined up inside Plato's Closet in hopes of landing a spot on Cycle 17 of the show.

Each season, 14 model hopefuls compete for a chance to win the ultimate career.

The prize package includes a model contract, spreads in two magazines, and $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics.

We caught up with some local women, and it was a mixed bag of nerves.

"All my life I've been told that I am very beautiful and I should try to be a model.... I think it's just the person, the individual themselves, and then that shows if you have a good chance or if you don't," says Khaylah Moss of Binghamton.

Tiffanie Llanos of Endwell says, "I wanted to audition because I did in New York City once before, and I didn't get in. So, I decided to try again in Vestal."

"I've always wanted to do this, always, and finally they were coming here, and I was all excited, and I was like woo! They're coming to me!" says Marisa Ribarski, of the Town of Chenango.

The girls will have to wait to compete.

That's because America's Next top Model Cycle 16 premieres on Wednesday, February 23rd.

You can catch it next week on Binghamton's CW at 8 p.m.