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My name is LaTonya Carter, and I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduating from Lamar High School in the Class of 2006.  I have listened to KBXX 97.9 for as long as I can remember!

I am writing you today as a fellow Houstonian asking you for a small favor.  I have been modeling for the last 5+ years, beginning when I was in high school, and I have been given an opportunity that could make all my modeling dreams come true.  I was invited to take part in an open casting call to be a runway model on Lifetime Television’s Project Runway, and its sister show, Models of the Runway.  All together, there are four rounds of casting, and we are currently in Round 3, ending October 30th, 2009.  There are currently only 50 people nationwide being considered for casting, and I am the only girl left in the competition from Houston, which is why I need your help!

The winner of this competition is to be determined by voters nationwide who are given the opportunity to vote for the model of their choice once per day everyday.  The top three girls with the most votes will win the opportunity to continue onto the final Round of casting, and from there, it is up to the judges at Lifetime Television, in conjunction with the voters, to determine which girl appears on the show.

I’ve been praying for an opportunity like this all my life, and when it fell into my lap, I seized upon the opportunity to ensure that I recruited enough voters to take 1st place in Round 2 of casting!  However, throughout this competition, other models and their supporters have attempted to sabotage my campaign and discourage me from running by calling me all kinds of ugly names and accusing me of cheating.  If you would like to see examples of the hatred of which I speak, I invite you to take a look through the comments left on my page at  Thankfully, because I was raised in the church (my father is a deacon at First Missionary Baptist Church on Houston’s southeast side), I was taught to pray over this matter rather than to retaliate.

I am currently a senior in the Class of 2010 studying communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  Although I’ve always put school first, my passion at this point in my life is modeling, and I have been actively pursuing that, along with my degree for the last 3+ years.  As a full time student, I do not have much time to devote to recruiting votes for this competition, especially now that mid-terms are looming.  Because being on Project Runway would be a dream come true for me and my career as a model, I am coming to you for help in hopes that you will help me by promoting my cause to your audience.

I take my modeling work very seriously, and I invite you to go to my website ( where you will see some of my pictures.  I know that this contest will not make or break me either—in recent years, I have been fortunate enough to receive quite a bit of modeling work, including magazine spreads and even an appearance on the Tyra Banks show!  Just last month, I received an Honorable Mention from Tyra Banks herself in conjunction with America’s Next Top Model for my modeling work (see!

I also know that a model’s lifespan is short, and my ultimate goal in life is to attend law school, and use all the contacts I’ve made in the modeling/entertainment industry to become an entertainment lawyer.  But, right now, I am focusing on getting as much out of my career as a model as possible, and I hope you will take the time to utilize your airwaves to promote my cause to your base of listeners.

I think I would make a great representative of the city of Houston on this show, and if given the opportunity to make it, I promise I won’t let you down. If you would be so kind as to have this competition announced and supported in some way I would be greatly appreciative. If given the opportunity I would also love to introduce myself to your listeners and ask them personally for their vote. I have photos that I am able to submit for your website along with the link and directions for voting.