Behind the Scenes at a New York Fashion Week Casting Call

How Fashion Week Models Are Chosen

Story and photos by Joseph Chi Lin
Joseph Chi Lin for TIME

Waiting to Walk
Every year, hundreds of aspiring and veteran models from around the world descend upon New York City for a chance to walk the runways of New York Fashion Week (officially known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week). The weeks leading up to the event are filled with chaos and excitement as the models scurry across town attending the numerous casting calls that will ultimately decide which girls will walk and which ones will watch.

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