About a month ago, I blogged about maurices nationwide model search and asked you to vote for your favorite MN or WI gal.  I am SO excited for Caitlin Freier of Alexandria,MN.  She was selected as one of the Winners!  In addition to all the fun and excitement of modeling for maurices, she also gets to choose a community nonprofit to receive a $7,500 charitable makeover.  Here are all the details according to the press release:

A 21-year-old from Alexandria, Minn., has claimed a winning spot in maurices Main Street Model Search. Caitlin Freier is one of 12 women chosen by maurices to model for the national young women’s clothing chain during the upcoming year.

Freier is a student at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Through modeling for maurices, Freier hopes to serve as a spokeswoman for other plus size girls and encourage them to accept and embrace themselves as the beautiful, strong, unique individuals they truly are. Freier says she will have accomplished her goal if she saves even just one girl from feeling unattractive or like an outcast because of her size.

Freier was one of more than 500 contestants from across the country. Online voting narrowed the search to 50, and maurices chose 20 women to attend a casting call in Minneapolis, Minn. A judging panel from maurices, along with celebrity judge and stylist Christopher Straub from Lifetime’s Project Runway, met each woman last week to get to know her and find out what makes her passionate about fashion and her hometown.

The panel then selected 12 winners who will each be featured in an upcoming fall, holiday or spring maurices campaign. Freier has been selected to model clothing from the fall line. The photo shoot will take place in her hometown in June, featuring landmarks and other attractions that make her community special. Each model will also receive $1,500 in maurices clothing, a Flip video camera to capture her path to becoming a maurices model, and $7,500 to designate to a nonprofit organization in her community.

“We’re so grateful to the more than 500 women who participated in this contest, and we’re thrilled with our top 12,” said Brad Hartmann, maurices vice president of marketing. “maurices is all about bringing affordable fashion to small towns across the U.S., and this is a way for us to celebrate the women who love our clothes and our brand. We look forward to the photo shoots and experiencing each of these women’s hometown lives.”

Each model will present her selected local nonprofit organization with a check for $7,500 during the photo shoot in her hometown.

Meet all 12 of the maurices Main Street Models

I would also like to take this time to thank maurices for their involvement with B105, they provide grants to our local teachers working on Service Learning Projects and are the title sponsor to our St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Radiothon.  Besides providing great looking, affordable fashions, maurices is a very community-minded organization that continues to touch the lives of so many!