Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Barrow modelling competition - round one final

EMOTIONS ran high on Saturday night as 16 beauties battled it out to reach the grand final of the Modelling Competition 2009.

It was another nail-biting affair for the wannabe models at the Bluebird Function Suite, Barrow as round one of the competition for the over 18 category got underway.

The show kicked off in a blaze of sparkle and sequins as the girls were introduced to the audience one by one.

The beauties then took to the catwalk in a range of dresses and outfits from Kells Clothing.

Groups of families and friends of the hopefuls turned out in force to lend their support to the ladies vying for the votes. Cheers and rapturous applause could be heard as each girl faced the crowd.

Contestant Rachel Salmon, who showed off a fabulous figure in a corset, summed up why she was competing this year, telling the judges "I think it's every girl's dream to be up here."

It was then down to the judging panel, made up of former Modelling Competition winners Erin Hargreaves and Paige Livingston and photographer Mike Kells.

Competition organiser and make-up artist for the Kells style team, Dawn Crabtree, had the tough task of telling the girls whether they had made it through to the final.

Only half of the hopefuls who appeared on stage could go through to the next round.

Dawn said: "I get emotional about it because you get so attached to all the girls. They all did so well."

Sadie Wood was announced as the Evening Mail winner, giving her a direct pass to the final of the competition in June.

Looking graceful in green, the 18-year-old Barrow Sixth Form Student beamed as she was told the news.

She said: "I am ecstatic about getting through, I cannot wait for the final.

"My mum has been like my PA in the build-up to this, putting up posters, getting people to vote for me. There was a Facebook group set up too, getting people to vote for me. It's definitely paid off."

The winner of the text vote was statuesque Francesca Gonzalez, who proved a favourite with judges from the start after gaining praise for her presence on the runway.

She said: "I am really pleased as it has been a great experience so far and I just can't wait for the final to come now. I brought a few people along tonight for support."

Adelina Tusha got to the final thanks to the audience vote on the night.

The remaining girls, who will compete for the grand prize - a trip to Fuertaventura for a photoshoot and the chance to become the face of fashion chain Unique Boutique - were then told whether the judges had chosen them.

The girls in the grand final are Sophie Clayton, Nicola Burns, Katie Priss, Rachel Salmon and Cat Myers.

They will have just under three months to prepare a Latin American-themed outfit for a photoshoot ahead of the June show.

The Kells team are still recruiting for rounds two and three of the competition.

Dawn said: "People think that because we have started the finals, we have stopped recruiting, but we haven't. We want girls to come forward, especially for the under 18s category."

If you'd like to enter, contact Dawn on 01229 823401, or apply online via the website at


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