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It's the Myer walk, no job for just a pretty face

THE competition was fierce, as were the poses, as about 200 hopefuls showed up for the Melbourne casting call for Myer's autumn-winter collection.

The tryout followed another in Sydney on Wednesday in which 300 would-be models strutted their stuff. But only 30 women and five men will win the right to sashay down the runway with Myer ambassador Jennifer Hawkins and menswear ambassador Kris Smith.

This season, the experts say, success depends less on a model's particular look and more on the way they move.

''For a catwalk show they've got to be able to walk,'' said Harper's Bazaar fashion director Thelma McQuillan, who will style the fashion shows.

Being really healthy was important too, she said. ''That will come through in having glowing skin and healthy hair, and just being happy.''

It wasn't just the female models trying to make their mark. One male model who walked in front of the panel, 21-year-old Kacper Hubiak, decided to wing it. ''No preparation, just come in and go with it,'' he said.

''There are great male models in Melbourne,'' said Gloss Creative's Amanda Henderson, who oversaw Thursday's session at the Bourke Street store. ''They have a cool Melbourne look, which is often what we're after. At first glance he might be a little more understated. His beauty or confidence isn't as obvious as Sydney's.''