One Million Vote For Real-Life Antonia

Girl gamers, professional models, centerfolds, and housewives alike are competing to be the woman Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and Stuff Magazine choose who most looks like Antonia Bayle from EverQuest. II, according to Laura Naviaux, senior brand manager for SOE. 150 women are entered in the contest and a reported one million people have already voted in the Quest for Antonia contest. The phenomenal popularity of this contest demonstrates the enormous reach video games have in our world today.

Photo submissions and online voting for contestants continues through midnight, July 11, 2005. After which, SOE and Stuff Magazine executives will select five finalists and up to three alternates from the top 30 vote recipients in the online portion of the contest (based upon an average of their scores from the votes each entrant received).

The online entrants chosen as finalists, as well as alternates, will be announced shortly thereafter and notified promptly. Finalists will be interviewed and required to submit a videotape of themselves. The five finalists will be flown to Las Vegas for the star-studded Stuff Magazine Casino Weekend 4 party extravaganza.

This is the first-ever nationwide model search with the goal of finding a woman who looks like an online video game character. Once discovered, the new Antonia will be offered a one-year modeling contract with SOE, a photo layout in the pages of Stuff Magazine, and other prizes. The winner will be announced at Stuff Magazine's Casino Weekend 4 at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in August at the conclusion of a pageant-style competition complete with a swimsuit contest and interview portion that is expected to be judged by celebrities, Stuff's editorial staff and SOE representatives.

Feeling inspired, ladies? Check out official rules and photo submission guidelines at

by lindsay
06/27/2005 08:00PM
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