Amelia takes her first steps towards a catwalk career

Amelia Milsom-McQuillan
Amelia Milsom-McQuillan
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YOUNG Amelia Milsom-McQuillan has got her foot in the door of the fashion industry.

The three-year-old has been picked to be one a model for Start-rite shoes.

Amelia travelled to London to take part in a fashion show and photoshoot at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Her mum Gemma said her daughter was already a footwear fan.

She said: ‘She’s got a lot of shoes. She’s probably got about 35 pairs.’

Gemma, who lives in Copnor, Portsmouth, said there was a fun, family atmosphere at the event and Amelia enjoyed herself with the 15 other young models who were chosen.

She said: ‘They put a bit of eyeshadow and glitter on the girls so that they felt like they were getting a special treatment.

‘They had their pictures taken by a photographer and they tried on different outfits and hats while they walked up and down a catwalk to promote the shoes.

‘The people there were brilliant and didn’t pressure the children if they were feeling nervous.

‘And they got a free pair of shoes at the end of the day.’

Gemma said her daughter had even made a new best friend – a girl from Birmingham called Sasia.

She said: ‘They had a fun day.’

Amelia was picked after Gemma made a video of her practising on a pretend catwalk and sent it into the shoe company.

She said: ‘I had to send in a video of her modelling her own shoes.

‘It was about a minute long and just showed her walking up and down and doing a little pose.’

And this could be the start of a long career in modelling for the talented tot.

Gemma said she would be open to letting Amelia return to the catwalk, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of school.

She said: ‘Maybe if something comes up through the agency, but she starts school in September, so we’ll play it by ear.

‘It’s all a bit of a game.

‘She went to nursery after we got back and said “I’m a model now, I’m all grown up”.

That had them in stitches.’