Congratulations on becoming the face of Silhouette Du Barry! How did you find out about the opportunity?
Thanks so much! It was a big shock and still is. I had to send in photographs of myself and a little information about myself and why I was entering. After about a month, the final 10 were chosen and put up onto Facebook. The 4 that received the most ‘likes’ had a photoshoot and were put onto Facebook and then people had to ‘like’ their favourite one. My mum shared the photo on Facebook and managed to get over 200 likes, so that went well!
When did you find out that you had won?
The winner was posted on Facebook so that day I sat there constantly refreshing the page to find out. I refreshed it one last time, and then I saw my name. I had to get my mum to double check I wasn’t just seeing things. We just all started screaming… it was mad.
Have you seen your posters advertised anywhere?
I’m their Facebook profile photo, and the caption really excited me. “You will be seeing her a lot more in years to come!” Shows they really do have high hopes for me. Around Christmas time they’ll be putting up the posters of me in the Salon, it will be so surreal to see them! Mad.
Did you enjoy being in a professional photo shoot environment?
I absolutely loved it! I’ve previously done some modelling for a hair dressers in London called Jamie Stevens. It was fun because I got to meet other models and loved how confident they were.
I saw you won £250 worth of Bluewater vouchers… have you spent those yet?
I went on a mad shopping spree and now I have about £4 left on the card! I got there as soon as it opened and was there all day. I was absolutely knackered by the end of it, I even fell asleep whilst waiting to be picked up! I’m such a girly girl, I love that kind of stuff.
Have you had any previous experience with modelling?
Before I won this competition, I modelled for the British Hair Dressing Awards which was so much fun! Since this shoot I’ve become friends with the photographer and I do photography
workshops with him. It’s handy because I’m able to begin building up a portfolio for myself for the future.
What have you enjoyed most about this experience?
Everything! I’ve fallen in love with modelling even more now. I’m not the most outgoing person but it’s definitely made me a lot more confident. I’m usually a very nervous person. As soon as I’m in front of a camera and modelling, I’m like a completely different person. I love it.
Do you feel more confident now that you’re progressing in modelling?
Definitely. It’s really helped me because I’ve only really been doing it for a couple months now and already it’s given me such a boost. As soon as I’m on set, I’m in my own little world and I absolutely adore it.
As you’re only 17, what have you been doing prior to this competition?
I’m studying fashion at the moment, I’ve previously studied Fine Art & Graphics but fashion was my favourite. I don’t see University as the right path for me, I’d love to run my own business creating fashion accessories. I’ve always made stuff as a kid so it would be a great to do something I enjoy for a living. Hopefully my modelling career will kick off too!
Do you have any inspirational role models that influence you?
Hmm… that’s a hard one actually! I have my own style really, I’ve picked up what I like and what I inspire to do whilst being on set. I’ve become friends with a couple models now and really look up to them. I really love Cara Delevingne, I think she’s great. Kendall Jenner is another one I love too, they’re probably the most typical ones to say but they always look like they’re having fun with what they’re doing, I quite like that.
What would you love to try in the industry next?
I’ve done mostly hair dressing but I’m dabbling in photography workshops now. I did one last week actually and tried ‘full body’ modelling. It was fun to give that a go and practice posing!
So what are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I’d love for my modelling career to take off and to become a full time model, that would be my ideal job. I’d also love for my business to kick off and modelling would definitely coincide with it. Who knows!