Curvy models hope to inspire

ON DISPLAY From left,  Ellesha Newton, Camilla Anderson, Rufaro Nyakatawa and Charlotte Joines
ON DISPLAY From left, Ellesha Newton, Camilla Anderson, Rufaro Nyakatawa and Charlotte Joines
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FOUR best friends who won a national modelling competition will be encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.

Ellesha Newton, Camilla Anderson, Rufaro Nyakatawa and Charlotte Joines won a modelling contract last year after winning a competition called Model Mates on ITV’s Lorraine.

Now, she will appear alongside three other models to support the international lingerie brand Curvy Kate, as part of a special event for Valentine’s Day.

The girls will appear at Debenhams in Portsmouth tomorrow alongside other models, in a bid to help find new lingerie starts from the area.

Charlotte, 32, from Stamshaw, was turned down for modelling in the past due to her size.

She said: ‘It’s been really exciting being involved in the search this year. A year ago this was all a dream and now I’ve lived it. I keep telling people this really could be you.

‘Years ago I tried and was told that I was too big and I had to lose weight.

‘I went on to have children and so I thought it’s never going to happen now and my age was against me.’

The firm has launched their annual search for a model called Star in a Bra, in a bid to find curvy and confident women to showcase their products.

The competition champions the use of customer role models and promotes a positive approach to body image, which all women can relate to.

Ellesha, 29, added: ‘It’s amazing to be part of the Curvy Kate team and helping to find their next star in a bra. I know exactly how all the girls feel and I hope all involved have a great journey.’

All sizes, ages, frames and heights are encouraged to enter the competition.

The girls will take part in a live lingerie shop window event in Bournemouth on Saturday.

For more information about the competition, please visit starinabra.com.