Battle of the babes reaches Palmerston North

BATTLE ON: Some of the contestants who will participate in Battle of the Babes in Palmerston North.
BATTLE ON: Some of the contestants who will participate in Battle of the Babes in Palmerston North.

Glamorous girls will take Palmerston North by storm as an international modelling competition rolls through the city.

The inaugural Battle of the Babes, held at the Mr Cue Bar and Nightclub tomorrow night, is a modelling pageant for women, held across seven countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Events in these first three countries have been completed, with world finalists already chosen from the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The competition has been created by Andrew Featherstone, who also runs the Battle of the Bands National Championship event.

Mr Featherstone said more than 10 girls have already signed up for the Palmerston North with more entrants expected up until the event.

''We have audience voting so if there are any girls who would like to give it a go and experience a runway event it's not too late to join,'' he said.

''And from the audience point of view it will be good to get as many people as we can along people along to support the girls with their votes.''

Mr Featherstone said entry criteria had been left open to allow girls of every shape and type to enter. 

''I've noticed other pageants have really narrow criteria, for example 18 to 23 years, must be six-foot tall, must be super skinny, no tattoos, must be single,'' he said.

''So we just made it over 18 as it is a licensed premises, but we don't have a maximum age, a height restriction, we don't care if you're single or married, have tattoos... and short girls can be babes too.''

Mr Featherstone said several finalists would be chosen from regional events in New Zealand to go onto a national competition, held late April or early May.

From there a world finalist would go on to the world competition.

The Palmerston North Battle of the Babes event will be held from 8.30pm at Mr Cue. Entry $10. 

Manawatu Standard