Wednesday 25, January 2012
BooHoo's next top model comes to Manchester
ONE of online shopping's biggest names brought its open casting to
Manchester in search of their next model, writes Sarah Chambers.
BooHoo's hunt for a real woman to become part
of their new campaign had just one rule; contestants had to be over 16.
On arrival, the hopefuls were whisked into hair and make-up before having a photo taken which was then uploaded to Facebook. Next they had the unenviable task of doing the catwalk in front of a panel of judges before answering a few questions.
Among the judges were BooHoo owner, Umar Kamani, and Corrie stars Michelle Keegan and Ryan Thomas.
An event such as this provides a huge opportunity for the ladies and proves you don't have to be size 0 to be a model. It's something BooHoo should be applauded for, as pressure from the media to be skinny and perfect is making some young girls feel worthless.
Michelle, who was voted the sexiest female at the Inside Soap Awards for the third year running last week, said: "I don't see myself as sexy anyway, and I think that's a good thing for young girls to see.
"They don't have to have the sexy sex appeal or whatever they think, like wear lots of make-up and wearing small outfits.
"I mean that's not what sex appeal is about; it's about being body confident and being real, being yourself as well."
It was a view shared by many of the hopefuls.
Josie from Manchester said: "I don't think these days everyone has to be stick thin to be a model.
"I think that's just a cliche nowadays. I don't think you have to be tall and skinny to be a model anymore, that's in the past."
The judges now have a few weeks to look through the tapes and pictures before they choose the winner.
* Images courtesy of Manchestersfinest.com
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