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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Barrow modelling competition - the under-18s final

WITH bouncing blonde locks, a statuesque frame and killer figure, Emma Porteous looked every inch the catwalk model at the final of the Kells Modelling Competition.

At 5ft 11in, she stood head and shoulders above her fellow contestants at the Nines, Dalkeith Street, Barrow last night.

Emma, 16, from Kirkby, claimed victory over 17 other stunning girls to win the under 18 category of the contest.

But the Ulverston Victoria High School student believed that a wardrobe malfunction early on in the show had blown her chances of winning.

The first time the hopefuls took to the catwalk at the final, Emma’s shoe fell off and she had to dash off-stage to avoid disturbing the routine.

Competition organiser Dawn Crabtree revealed that Emma had become upset by the incident behind the scenes, but she soldiered on and kept her cool throughout the remainder of the show.

Emma may have took the title, but every competitor gave it everything they had on the night.

Girls dared to bare in a swimwear round, flaunting to-die-for figures on the catwalk.

Bags of effort had gone into perfecting hair, make-up and creating Latin American outfits for a dance spectacular.

Girls danced to the tune Let’s Get Loud and the audience took the song title literally, with crowd members shouting words of encouragement and showing camaraderie by applauding every contestant.

Family members turned out in force to get behind the hopefuls, waving banners and donning t-shirts bearing their girl’s photo.

The team of judges, which included Evening Mail Sales and Marketing director Lynsday Aspin, admitted that choosing a winner was really tough.

Entertainment was also provided by crooner Pete Thompson, winner of the Evening Mail’s Search for a Star and singer Becki Fishwick.

And the night was doubly special for organisers because, from next year, the Kells team will take over the running of Miss Cumbria.

All of the girls had to face the judging panel and tell them why they thought they should win the competition.

They all beamed as they told the panel how much confidence being involved with the contest had brought them.

Winner Emma thanked the Kells team before cracking a joke.

She said: “I am 5ft 11in so I don’t think my career as a jockey would really take off.”

Her parents, John and Susan Porteous, were so overwhelmed they leapt on stage after their daughter’s name was read out and the three became locked in a tearful embrace.

Beaming with pride, Mrs Porteous said: “I can’t believe it. I have been so nervous all day and now I am just so happy.”

Mr Porteous said: “It’s fantastic. I am over the moon.”

Emma, who will attend Barrow Sixth Form from September, won a weeklong photo shoot on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, a casting opportunity with top fashion brand Unique Boutique and a three-day trip to London to model in a fashion trade show.

She said: “It’s been amazing. I still can’t believe it.”

A gang of Emma’s friends came along and showed their support Friend Laura Wilson said: “We all thought she would win. She’s stunning. You have only got to look at her figure and blonde hair, she looks like a model.”

Have your say

well done Emma, you deserve it , xx

Posted by Robert& Lynne Porteous(aunt&uncle) on 29 June 2009 at 19:43

Congratulations Emma, here's to the future!! xx

Posted by Irene McKinnell on 28 June 2009 at 03:46

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