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Maurices showcases Whidbey’s top model
Karla Gilbert of Coupeville was chosen as one of 12 winners in the Maurices Main Street Model Search. Meet Gilbert and shop the clothing she was photographed in at Maurices, 721 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.
The 780 Maurices stores in the country will showcase Gilbert’s image in new winter fashions with backdrops of Deception Pass State Park and Coupeville’s Main Street and wharf.
Gilbert chose Ryan’s House Youth Shelter on South Whidbey to receive a $7,500 donation from Maurices in honor of her win. Representatives from the shelter will attend the open house.
The photos will be in stores through November. Photos of Gilbert, with the other 11 Main Street Model Search winners modeling holiday fashions, will appear in stores in December.
Winners of the Main Street Model Search were chosen from a pool of more than 500 applicants from across the country. Applicants were narrowed down through online voting and by Maurices.
The top 20 were flown to Minneapolis for a casting call which included interviews, hair and makeup sessions and test photo shoots. Maurices then selected the 12 winners.
In addition to the photo shoot and $7,500 to designate to a local nonprofit, each model also received $1,500 in Maurices clothing and a Flip video camera.