Modeling Camp Runway Lessons

Who needs sleepaway camp when you can have runway camp? Photo: Kristen Elsby, esthet photography

"Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh. Here I am at Camp Supermodel. Camp is going very well. We've mastered posing so watch your back Gisele."

This summer teenage girls are bypassing mosquitoes in favor of Moschinos at "Modeling Camp" in New York City, the NY Post reports.

Open to wannabe Kate Mosses aged 12 to 18, the four-day workshop -- which also hosts camps in Virginia, Florida, and California and costs $999 -- is run by former Vogue model Heather Cole, according to the paper.

On the agenda? Why, macaroni art, ghost stories, and archery, of course. Or, you know, runway walking lessons, the opportunity to meet models and agents, and a photo shoot with fashion photographer Barry Hollywood, who reportedly shot Niki Taylor and her late sister Krissy, then just 11 years old, for Seventeen magazine in 1992.

"We replicate the professional experience," Cole tells the paper.

"It's great to start building confidence so in a few years they will have the social skills they'll need."

If by "social skills" she means hurling cell phones at people, dating grubby rock stars, and living off rice cakes, we're a little scared.

According to the camp's Web site, campers must bring with them nude-colored undergarments (with the name sewn in?), heels that aren't overly high, and outfits that are "not too revealing and not too short."

Still, the camp does pose the question of whether or not it's appropriate for young girls to learn the runway ropes, especially at a time when the fashion industry is suggesting crackdowns on teen models.

But enough about that -- who's ready for a campfire singalong to "Gabbana, My Lord"?

Meanwhile, check out Ford Models' new housecall service.