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Edited by on September 7 2011 at 11:12 AM

This Sunday, in the middle of a parade of some 400 girls from every New York modeling agency, I sat down with casting superdirector Andrew Weir at the Hudson Hotel’s library. Weir was casting catwalkers for four shows this Fashion WeekThakoon, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Taylor and Jen Kao. The selection of beautiful young things was  impressive to say the least and I took the opportunity to pick Weir’s brain on the state of the modeling industry today.

Andrew Weir Has Never Seen This Many Great New Faces in a Season. Ever.

What’s the next hottest country or region. We had the Eastern Europeans, the Brazilians, the Dutch…who’s next?

AW: Asia. Never have I seen this many Asian kids in the market.

[Just as he says this, Varsha, a Wilhelmina model from Nepal, walks up.]

AW [to Varsha]: Are you the girl I’ve been hearing so much about? You’re like the first girl from –

Varsha: Nepal.

AW: Nepal. You’re the first girl to come from Nepal.

Varsha: Yes.

AW: How long have you been modeling now?

Varsha: 3 months.

AW: How were you discovered?

Varsha: I sent in my pics to Wilhelmina and they flew me over.

AW: I love a proactive girl. We’re going to be hearing a lot about you. What’s your name? [he looks at her showcard] Varsha. Varsha-Varsha-Varsha. Everyone’s going to be talking about Varsha. [to me] I’m glad you were here to see her. [to Varsha] Can you walk for us? Let us have it. [re: her walk] What is that? Are you crazy? That’s in your blood, you don’t learn that. You think you know what a girl’s gonna do, but you never do…

[Andrew then writes “SPECIAL“ on his note sheet.]

AW: We have an unlimited supply of gorgeous girls. I’ve never seen so many great new faces in a season. Ever.

What do you love about casting?

AW: I mean…[he looks around]

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Story by Lester Brathwaite

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