What can you expect?
If you’re thinking about entering FOTF, you’re probably curious, excited and more than a little nervous.
But the nerves aren’t going to help you on the day, so I’m going to answer the thousands of questions running through your panicked head and give you a better idea of what actually happens behind the scenes.
Prepare for success!
The most prestigious FOTF event on the calendar is Spring Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. I’ll use it as my example as I share my personal behind the scenes experiences with you.
I’ve entered FOTF at Flemington for the last 3 years. And I do have minor bragging rights here, as I managed to place in the Top 10 the first two years and actually won first runner up on Melbourne Cup day last year.
It was an unexpected and exhilarating win for me and I still feel a silly sense of pure joy whenever I see the sash hanging on the wall.
There is an overwhelming number of beautiful people and fabulous outfits swanning around Spring Carnival. It’s a vibrant sea of colour.
You see some amazing millinery, and accessories you didn’t even know existed. There are colour combinations that will blow your mind, inspiring the fashion-minded well into the next year.
As a designer and lover of fashionable frocks, there are literally hundreds of outfits I wish I’d thought of before they did.
With all the fabulous-ness around, it can be unnerving for entrants of FOTF, especially if you tend to ride on the shy side. So I think a little run down of the day might help smooth the nerves and get you excited for a FOTF competition.
Check the FOTF registration times. If you are late YOU WILL MISS OUT.
And while I’m on lateness, we all love a champagne breakfast, but they do tend to get in the way of a clear head. So save the bubbles for after the show and make registration ON TIME.
It’s ALWAYS a good idea to PRE-REGISTER. Spots can be limited, but more importantly, if you saw the painfully long line of, let’s say 500+ girls, you’ll understand why.
Upon registering, you will receive a number. This number is precious, don’t leave it in the loo.
Then you will be instructed when and where to line up for the heats. Make sure you know what time you have to be at your heat. It changes every day.
Step 2- The Heats
Calm your nerves. Breathe. Wee. Whatever it is you do to relax, except probably don’t down a bottle of bubbly right here either.
You will hit the stage with around 10 other hopefuls.