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Sign-ups begin for youth modeling classes
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Beginning in 2013, the City of Turlock Youth Recreation Division will be incorporating a modeling program designed for children between the ages of 4 and 18 years of age.

While popular television shows like "Toddlers and Tiaras" or "Honey Boo Boo" may come to mind, think again, says class coordinator Carrie Lowery.

Turlock resident Lowery believes that the upcoming modeling classes will do more than just showcase outer beauty. Lowery’s prior experience on and off the runway will help teach the children what to expect in a show, and how to execute their unique moves in the perfect fashion.

“Obviously, most kids think it’s cool to do, but I really want this to bring out their self-confidence. This program is supposed to be an esteem booster,” Lowery said.

Lowery encourages all children to participate, and believes that anybody can do it. All sizes of children are welcomed because she wants to realistically portray the world on the runway.

“I hope that they can see their own beauty. Beauty starts on the inside. Even people on the magazines have imperfections, but they make them stand out in a good way. We want all the kids to show what makes them unique,” she said.

The program is designed for after-school purposes, and varies by age groups. The classes will meet on Mondays for six weeks from Feb. 25 until April 8 at the War Memorial Building.

“They are going to be learning how to walk, stand and pose. This class will teach them about posture, health, and knowing what makes you special,” Lowery said.

Towards the end of the program is a fashion show modeling clothes from Off Center Thrift & Gift. Lowery believes that showing off fashion is not about price, but manners and hard work.

“I want this to be beneficial and fun,” she said.

Online registration runs now until Feb. 24.

For more information, refer to the City of Turlock Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department at