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Age: 24 Occupation: Model Resides: Milton Keynes Single, Married Or Something Else: Single


Your likeness to Jessie J is remarkable! At the beginning of 2012 I went along to watch a recording of THE VOICE. I was spotted in the audience by the floor manger and Stuart Holdham (the warm up man) who, during a break in filming (much to my surprise) announced... “Ladies and Gentleman, we have a lady in the audience who looks identical to Jessie”.


He then led me down to the studio floor and said… “Jessie meet your doppelganger”. She asked me, in front of the whole studio audience, “do you do lookalike work?” I said.. “No”. She said... “So, you look like me!” I answered.... “Well people say I do!” Ten, Will.I.Am who was sitting next to her, craned his neck to look at us both, and exclaimed “WOW!” Jessie said... “Ahh It’s FREAKING ME OUT!” (Which was a worry for a second)... then she gave me a big smile and a ‘High 5’!


What inspired you to become a model? I used to be so shy and when the chance of being in a fashion show came up (nearly 9 years ago) everyone said that they thought I would be too nervous to do it. I was so determined to prove them wrong that I made myself do it and it was the best thing I ever could have done. It made me realise my love for modelling.


Who is your favourite celebrity model? Kelly Brook is great. I love that she has kept her curves and has resisted the pressure to be a size 0 model.


What’s your opinion on 0 size models? I think it promotes a bad image; there are too many young people with eating disorders in an attempt to be an unhealthy and unrealistic size.


If its all about the diet? Any tips? Everything in moderation


What do you enjoy most about your job? I love everything about it… getting the chance to wear different clothes and make-up. I like meeting new people and working with different photographers.


And the downside of the job? Tere are always people out there trying to take advantage of models eager to establish themselves and trying to persuade ‘us’ to do unpaid work because “it’ll be good for the portfolio” or “good for your career” and of course there are always girls who will jump at the chance, so it can be quite hard to make that step to be considered a ‘professional model’.


How hard do you have to work at looking good for the camera? I try to get 8 hours sleep and drink plenty of water. I love working with Tina at T-Two Photography I have done some of my best work with her and in April this year Te Sun newspaper published a photo by Tina for an article about my likeness to Jessie J.


So what are your hair and beauty tips? My hair dresser JOHN at CHANGES (Stony Stratford) put me onto Moroccan oil and advised me, because I wash my hair every day, not to heat style it but to put it in big rollers and let it dry naturally, I just blow dry it for a minute to finish.


I go for regular microdermabrasion at ARCANA GROUP OF SALONS, which I would recommend to anyone, I love how fresh and glowing my skin always feels afterwards.


Shopping, what is your weakness? I’m afraid the answer to your question, Shopping, what is your weakness? Te answer is Shops!


Favourite local/internet fashion shops? My favourite shop is Jasmanique in Kempston, Bedford. www.jasmanique.co.uk Tey have fabulous dresses; I’m always spoiled for choice if I need something special. Jasmanique’s dresses are stunning and elegant


and they do a brilliant alteration service too.


What advice would you give a young girl with aspirations of being a model? Always be careful of scam modelling agencies. No model should have to pay to be on an agency’s books. If they are young they should not be pressured to go along to anything alone.


If you were not a model what other career would you like to do? As I love to be around the fashion business and have a good eye for detail, I’d be a stylist.


Your spare time consists of what? I love live music and try to get to as many concerts as I can.


What would you do if you won the lottery? I would travel the world and make sure that all my family and friends were taken care of.


Your final goal or dream in life? To be successful in the job I love. I think of every day as an adventure and I am just enjoying life at the moment and hoping I’ll continue modelling and doing my Jessie J look-a-like appearances.


Te last 18 months have been great fun since Jessie has become so famous; her ‘look’ has become synonymous with British fashion and is popular on a global scale for this era. Recently I was notified that I have been chosen to be ‘Te FACE’ of British Fashion Week. I am so excited to be a part of this and can’t wait for the official launch in 2013.


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