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Aspiring models, take heed

A career in modeling doesn't happen overnight. But some model “scouts” would like you to think it does.

While some successful models have been discovered in common places, such as a shopping mall, boutique or nightclub, a large majority of aspiring models usually take the first step by calling on an agency. Moreover, an unsolicited offer could lead to more trouble than it's worth.

If you're ever approached by a model scout unexpectedly, the Federal Trade Commission suggests you keep the following points in mind:

Consider carefully and critically about how you were approached.

Be leery of companies that only accept payment in cash or by money order. That's a strong signal the company is more interested in your money than your career.

Exercise skepticism when a local company claims to be a “major player” in the industry, especially if you live in a smaller city or town.

Find out if there are any unresolved consumer complaints on file about the company from your local Better Business Bureau or the state Attorney General office. McClatchy-Tribune News Service

TRUNK SHOW: A representative from Ike Behar will be on-hand to show the collection of fine made-to-measure dress shirts, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Neiman Marcus, SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-442-7900.

TRUNK SHOW: Meet a representative of Elizabeth Locke Jewels and view the collection, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Thursday at Neiman Marcus, SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-442-7900.

MODEL SEARCH: AARP The Magazine brings its Faces of 50+ Real People Model Search to the Queen City's Lowes Foods Taste of Charlotte, June 6-8. Two Charlotteans were among the 2008 winners: Daisy Spears Stroud, 86, and Marilyn Campbell, 55. The magazine is looking for people aged 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ to become its “Selected Faces.” To enter, stop by the AARP booth near Tryon and Third streets and submit a picture, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 6; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 7; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 8. Submissions will also be taken online: www.aarpmagazine.org/modelsearch.

NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: Seattle-based BabyLegs is launching a new “Sew Golden” line of infant and toddler leg warmers. To celebrate, from Sunday through July 15, customers are eligible to win prizes including products and a vacation to Seattle. BabyLegs retail for $12 to $28, and can be found at the following local stores: Shower Me With Love in Charlotte, 704-302-1555; BumbleBaby (inside Black Lion at Concord Mills), 704-426-0806, www.mybumblebaby.com; www.babylegs.net. Compiled by Rochelle Reynoldson

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