The region's next top models prepare to perform in the Fleece to Fashion Awards in Armidale this weekend

Forget Milan and Paris, more than 20 aspiring young models from the Northern Tablalnds area will be hitting the catwalk this weekend for the 2019 Fleece to Fashion Awards.

While some of the models are seasoned professionals, many are appearing on the catwalk for the first time- including Walcha Central School's Annabelle Darcy.

Armidale school student Lexie Rose has been dressed in woolly garments, for the original The Australian Wool Fashion Awards, since she was a baby.

It offers a learning experience for girls to grow confident in their skin

Lexie Rose

"What officially started as a favour to my godmother, Liz Foster, and a fun thing to do in the holidays has turned into a really accomplishing event that brings happiness to both myself and others," said Lexie.

"It's funny to think something as simple as walking to the beat of a song can be so fun, challenging and yet fulfilling and we are all like a little family.

"It's easy to say the Fleece to Fashion parade is simply a modelling show that includes girls walking up and down a catwalk in a person's creation, but it is important not to overlook that it offers a learning experience for girls to grow confident in their skin.

"It's also an opportunity to allow the guests to escape any worry or concern they have about drought or other such issues that could be consuming their minds, to be replaced with the bright smiles of the models and a welcoming community that is Fleece to Fashion."

An awards spokesperson said: "Fleece To Fashion invites everyone to celebrate the compelling story of Australian merino wool production and its esteemed presence within the top fashion and textile manufacturing capitals across the world."

Categories in this year's awards include: secondary school; emerging designer; active and outdoor; recycled wearable art; race wear; evening wear and bridal wear. Tickets are still available for F2F parade on Saturday July 6