Hopeful contestants must be at least 5'7" and 18 years old on September 1, 2013. (Full eligibility requirements are available here.) I'm guessing it might help to be pretty. Ask your mom if you have a chance, she'll be honest with you.
"We are looking for the complete package," casting director Randy Bernstein told me over email. "Not only should the you look amazing, but you should be able to wow us with your dazzling personality. 😉 We will also be looking for somebody as honest, unique and doesn't try to compare themselves to anybody else. We are all different and that's what makes us special — embrace your uniqueness!"
What makes a good contestent, apart from the desire to nuzzle with Naomi? Bernstien emphasizes drive: "We learned that the best contestants are the ones that are confident in themselves and aren't trying to be somebody they're not. The most successful contestants last year were the ones that knew what they wanted and weren't afraid to go after it. The modeling industry is competitive so we will continue to look for girls that are driven, tenacious, and ready to succeed in the sometimes cutthroat world of modeling."
The event will take place at Chelsea Studios (151 West 26th Street, 6th Floor) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Season 1 winner, Devyn Abdullah, will be on-hand for a portion of the event.
(Bernstein was the one to initially cast Devyn for the show: "When I'm casting any show, I always look for the 'it' factor, and when you have 'it,' it usually pops out immediately. Devyn was special and immediately likable. I think that's why we and America ultimately fell in love with her.")
Anyone who can't make it to open casting on Sunday but still wants to be considered can apply online. Applications will be accepted through Monday, July 22.