Official website of Canada's Plus Size Model Search launches videos of top ten contestants and voting online, Friday, February 13th

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - It's official! The search for Canada's Plus Size
Model is now in its second stage with the narrowing down of thousands of
entries to just ten beautiful, strong, self-assured and proud-to-be-plus
women. These ten stunning semi-finalists have been selected from across Canada
in a process that started on November 1st, 2008, and will culminate on March
18, 2009, when the winner of the contest will be announced at an exclusive and
spectacular special event and reception at LG Fashion Week in Toronto.
    The search to find Canada's Plus Size Model has created tremendous
enthusiasm and interest from women who regularly check online through company
websites and the official site, anxiously awaiting
more news and to find out who made it through to become one of the top ten
    Well, the waiting is over! The public can now see pictures and videos of
the ten semi-finalists on the micro-site and
participate online by choosing their favourite contestant to win the 'People's
Choice Award'. All those who vote online will be entered to win a $500 prize
from Addition Elle, Penningtons and MXM. Voters may enter as many times as
they like, but will only be entered once for a chance to win the prize; online
voting closes March 9th. The contestant who wins the most votes will be
presented with the 'People's Choice' award on the night of the grand finale of
Canada's Plus Size Model Search at LG Fashion Week on March 18th and receive
her prize of a $1,000 wardrobe.
    Canada's Plus Size Model Search is an initiative of Addition Elle,
Penningtons and MXM (plus size divisions of Reitmans Fashion Group) in
partnership with Specs Model Management and LOULOU Magazine. Selected by a
high profile industry panel of judges, the ten semi-finalists comprise women
of different ages and walks of life. The one common denominator is that they
are proud to be full-figured women and thrilled to be part of a venture that
reaffirms that being plus is beautiful:

    -   Brittney Fisher, Vernon, BC, aged 24
    -   Chantelle Thompson, Edmonton, AB, aged 24
    -   Sonia Farquharson, Etobicoke, ON, aged 43
    -   Liz Fawcett, St. Mary's, ON, aged 21
    -   Zara Hemmings, Toronto, ON, aged 27
    -   Julia Pegg, Toronto, ON, aged 26
    -   Jenny Smith, Burlington, ON, aged 28
    -   Audrey Tremblay, Quebec City, QC, aged 19
    -   Sophie Poisson Bispo, Montréal QC, aged 26
    -   Cathy Ladinardi, Montreal, QC, aged 25

    The winning contestant will receive a one year modeling contract with
Specs Model Management; a $2,500 fashion wardrobe from Addition Elle,
Penningtons and MXM, and a chance to appear in a company advertising campaign,
and the opportunity to be featured in 'LOULOU for YOU'.

For further information:

For further information: Celia Love, (905) 513-1889 or (416) 464-7534,

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