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If you ever wondered if appearing as a Model or Man of the Week in the back pages of the Weekender could lead to bigger and better things, just look to one of the judges for this year‚??s Model of the Year contest.

Sarah Clayton, 30, of Drums, appeared as a Model of the Week in both 2006 and 2009, eventually becoming a finalist in the annual competition her second time around.

‚??I remember it being a lot of fun. The party was fun, too. I probably drank just a little too much,‚?Ě she said with a laugh.

Coupled with some outstanding opportunities and encouragement to pursue a career in modeling by her husband, Ed, Clayton reached the pinnacle of pin-ups when she had her first shoot with Playboy magazine in Nov. 2010.

The last two years have been busy with photo shoots around the globe, she said, including her latest Playboy pictorial shot in July that features Clayton as a new Cybergirl.

As a former Model of the Year finalist, she‚??ll be one of the judges ‚?? alongside Tim Hlivia, owner of Leverage Fitness Studio in Forty Fort; Angie Morgan, owner of Sapphire Salon in Pittston and Scranton; Tina Bray, co-owner of Bratty Natty‚??s Boutique in the Wyoming Valley Mall; and Mike Henger, a past Weekender Model of the Week who was featured in the publication‚??s Sexiest People edition in 2011 - looking to see how this year‚??s young men and women carry themselves.

‚??I want them to have character, I want them to be poised, and I want them to be someone who wants this and welcomes new opportunities to take advantage of this and work with it,‚?Ě she said.

Those opportunities, she said, may be greater than the Models and Men of week may recognize.

‚??The Weekender is seen by how many people every week with how many different advertisements and advertisers that support it?‚?Ě she said. ‚??You support so many different community activities that there‚??s a ton of opportunity for exposure... It definitely can parley into just about anything you want it to.‚?Ě

Those interested in following Clayton‚??s career can visit facebook.com/msclaytonfans, facebook.com/modelsarahclayton, twitter.com/sarahclayton_81, or follow ms_clayton81 on Instagram.


Online voting for the Model and Man of the Year contest opened Friday, Sept. 28 and continues through noon on Friday, Oct. 5 at theweekender.com. Online votes will be added to live votes cast on Friday evening from 9-10 p.m. at the Model of the Year Party inside the Marco Empire Ballroom at The Woodlands Inn (1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre).

Partygoers age 21 and over may cast one vote each for a Man and Model. Overall winners will be chosen from the top five vote recipients based on personality, appearance, and a question-and-answer session with judges.

Winners are expected to be crowned at about 11 p.m., and they will receive prizes from current Model and Man of the Week sponsors, Adult World, trophies and crowns, and bragging rights for the entire year.

The party will include scheduled live entertainment from Clever Gents featuring DJ Hersh and drummer AJ Jump with special appearances by Gino Lispi and Britt Rice, along with a performance by Nicole Macri. Door prizes are provided by Adult World, Grace‚??s Vault, Bart and Urby‚??s, Andy Gavin‚??s, Brews Brothers, and Mirakuya. Live video recording will be provided by Terrell Bobbett.

Readers interested in becoming a Model or Man of the Week for the 2012-13 season should email two recent photos, their full name, hometown, age, and phone number to model@theweekender.com or man@theweekender.com.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this story incorrectly identified Tina Bray as owner of Bratty Natty‚??s Boutique in the Wyoming Valley Mall. Bray is co-owner with Natalie Bush. The Weekender staff apologizes for the error.

Weekender 2012 Model of the Year party, The Woodlands (1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre), Fri., Oct. 5, 9 p.m. 21+.

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