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

Gossip Girls
Some of the models form friendships while waiting in line to see casting directors. Some bond over a common country of origin, while others, like the women above, share laughs about watching the teen drama series Gossip Girl subtitled in their native languages.

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