A Richmond teen hopes to become the first male model to win Vancouver's largest model search - the coveted River Rock Resort ITM-NSR Model Look North America.
Ken Ku, 16, is one of eight finalists named last week for a chance to become ITM's inaugural male model.
"There were 40 guys and we are down to eight," said the McRoberts Grade 10 student.
Last year, Ku won second place in the Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant.
However, he sees modeling as a stepping stone into the entertainment industry.
"I want to be in films and maybe the music industry," he said. "I love singing and dancing, and I also play the guitar."
If the young performer wins, he'd likely move back to his homeland of Taiwan.
"I think it would be easier for an Asian there to become a star there," Ku said.
The ITM 2012 female finalists from Richmond include: Veronica Wen, 16, Candace Bergmann, 21 and Jamie Hui, 23.