Phew, thank goodness that’s over! Miss England 2012 was hard work this year; as it’s only my second year of running my own pageant I guess I’m still learning the ropes of what to expect but regardless, my nerves need a break!
The 2011 final was such fun- granted it was stressful organising Miss London in a short space of time and then preparing Miss London 2011 Rissikat Bade for Miss England just three weeks after, but the atmosphere leading up to the final was great, the support was huge, and I guess both of us were so completely chilled out that we just went to the final and had fun. For Amy this year, things were different. She had an immense amount of pressure on her shoulders- Rissikat received tonnes of press- but Amy’s even exceeded that. Given her profile already, she was being branded the competition’s favourite, compared to other contestants on a daily basis and without choice being forced to meet expectations. As a mentor I relished like a proud Mum in her receiving such accolades from the media worldwide; the Italian press even calling her, ‘The Queen of British sensuality’, but I also felt sorry for Amy because in reality, she is still a teenager who in the past year has had to fight against public opinion and established industry brands to defend her integrity.
However, I knew that Amy just has that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that regardless of whether she won or not, every person in that crowd would witness.
Amy is one of the sweetest women you could hope to meet. She knows what she wants and is never shy to tell you either, but in return, she likes you to be honest with her. That’s why we work so well together because I am always encouraging and supporting her to realise her inner potential and beauty, whilst advising her where she’s making mistakes. What’s the point in lying to someone or giving them false hope, only to see them at a disadvantage in the long run?
Providing you demonstrate your loyalty to her, Amy is an exceptionally loyal character back. She was so proud to have won Miss London and I knew winning Miss England meant everything to her, but never enough to turn her back on me and my heat. Amy was poached a couple of times during the run-up to the Miss England final to sacrifice Miss London in return for other opportunities but she wasn’t interested. And infact, any time Amy sensed anything under-hand was going on, she alerted me rightaway. This in itself generated an enormous amount of respect on my part for Amy, whilst also making me anxious why people could not just leave her, or us, alone?
I knew going to the Miss England final wasn’t going to be as stress-free for Amy as it was when she previously competed in 2010. Of course she was always going to be nervous, but this time she would have added anxiety. She had to contend with meeting her fellow finalists and judges who may already have pre-conceived ideas of her from things they had read in the press, and she needed to change this. Great news for Amy, she did! There was not one person that I spoke to at the final who did not remark how beautiful Amy is inside and out, and their preconceptions were wrong.
I was thrilled to learn Amy could go to the final and despite all the pressure, she was true to herself.
On the evening of the final, Amy dazzled (literally) in her stunning Karen Karmody bright yellow gown, with its sexy ‘Angelina Jolie’ split and her £3.2 million Shawish diamond necklace and earrings creation.
One of our favourite shots is below- Amy demonstrates how at home she is on the catwalk and that captivating beauty
Amy did, as expected, her family, friends and London, immensely proud. The public themselves demonstrated their support for the beauty queen by voting so hard, she won Miss England Popularity 2012, fighting off her stunning opponent, Charlotte Holmes who deservedly won the Miss England 2012 title. When Amy was presented with her second fast-track award of the night, following her first for Miss Beauty and the Beach 2012, an emotional Amy thanked all her loved ones for their tremendous support in the public vote saying, ‘I’m so pleased to know they love me as much as I love them and have really tried to help me achieve my dream tonight!”
As Amy was selected to be part of the Final 17 she said in her interview of how appreciative she was to have achieved her goal to place in Miss England! However, this was to be exceeded as Amy then went on to join Caroline Welch, Tamsin Cummings, Anastasia Smith and Charlotte Holmes in the final five, which is when tensions hit an all time high at the Leicester, Athena. As we all sat on the edges of our seats for the final three to be announced knowing how difficult a decision it would be for the judges to choose, we hoped Amy’s performance in the competition already would be taken in to account, particularly as she won the public vote. However, the top three proved how incredibly difficult it is to win the Miss England pageant, as Tamsin Cummings placed third, and other hot favourite Anastasia Smith placed second to an understandably emotional, Charlotte Holmes. It was, however, great to see everyone so genuinely happy for BNTM finalist Charlotte who had competed in Miss England twice already. For me it was special to have worked with her during the Miss London final and know how much this title really means to Charlotte, leading me on to say a HUGE congratulations to our fabulous new Miss England. She takes over from the incredible Miss England 2011 Alize-Lily Mounter, who proved how far she came when she graced the stage in her stunning red sequined, Karen Karmody ensemble. An emotional Alize re-told her favourite Miss England moments to us all, and it was clear what a totally genuine and caring person Alize is. She has been an amazing ambassador for our country and most important of all, has stayed true to herself. We know Charlotte will go on to achieve the same.
As for Amy and the other ladies, this is just the beginning… We all have our own paths mapped out, and Amy’s is an exceptionally beautfiul one.
Winner of Signed by Katie Price, Amy Willerton was discovered by UK Model Folios in 2011 when she was set to compete as Miss Bath in the Miss England final. Despite not actually being able to follow through with the final due to a clash with the show’s filming, we kept in contact with Amy encouraging her to pursue modellinfg and a life in the limelight. It was therefore no big surprise that once suggesting an exclusive, debut lingerie shoot with the stunner for MAXIM UK, they JUMPED at the chance, and looking at the images article here shot by phenomenal Alan Strutt, it’s no wonder why!
Model: Amy Willerton for more information contact Black Sheep Management (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Production/Art Direction/Digital Handling: Fay L. Bacon, UK Model Folios (ukmodelfolios.co.uk)
Hair and Make-Up: Jay Pinxie Turbull www.jayturnbull.com
Styling: Fay L. Bacon, using Sandstorm Boutique Swimwear (sandstormluxury.com) and Katie’s Boutique at Store Twenty One (http://www.storetwentyone.co.uk/katies-boutique/icat/katieprice/)
Since UK Model Folios discovered blonde bombshell Margarita Nazarenko and encouraged her to enter the Miss London 2011 contest, it was no real surprise to see her phenomenal journey since…
After Margarita, sponsored by promotions agency, Front UK came second in the Miss London final to supermodel-esque Rissikat Bade, she was handpicked by Miss England to participate in their semi-finals and run for the title once more. Winning a place there she will now represent Miss South West London in the Miss England grand final on July 19th 2011.
To maximise Margarita’s chances of winning, she is determined for the Miss England judges and the world to see her in her best light, and so after detox and some hardcore fitness training Margarita is looking in the best shape of her life, and feels amazing. The only thing left for her now is to update her portfolio so she has something to represent her properly on her profile on the Miss England website and during promotions for the competition. The last time Margarita updated her portfolio was over a year ago, so in her own words it needs ‘an overhaul’, and who better to help but her very good friend UK Model Folios?
Shoot producer and director Fay, co-styled Margarita’s shoot to create something commercial, high-end and sassy using inspiration from campaigns for Agent Provocateur and Marks and Spencers. Combining pieces from highstreet favourite Topshop with a classic blazer from Dolce & Gabanna, alongside stunning hair and make-up from celebrity stylist Krystle Gohel, Margarita looked every inch the born star she is.
Fay believed it was important for Margarita’s shoot to reflect her energetic and sensual side, whilst maintaining her sophistication and natural beauty, and she sure chose thought right as an overwhelmed Margarita chose a whopping 109 shots for her portfolio! Noteably she’ll have to filter this down for fear of boring the client but it proves how far UK Model Folios go to ensure your true beauty is reflected in the picture and moreover, how pleasing it is when you love what you see.
Margarita left our London studio yesterday ecstatic with the outcome of her day and judging by the shots below (specifically chosen for the Miss England competition) we can see why- best of luck Miss South West London, we know you are going to go very far!
Pageants are a grey-area of modelling- are they useful or not?
After a debate UKMF say, “yes” although, in our opinion there are some pageants which do extort money from its contestants with no beneficial outcome and as a result give other reputable contests a bad name. On the other hand, pageants do encourage you to integrate with fellow contestants and make friends, which in turn can boost your personal confidence- something crucial if you want to stand out and be a success. Ultimately, if you want to use a pageant to gain exposure in the show biz industry then ensure the pageants you enter show signs of being able to help with this. How? Well, you can always email us direct for our opinion and guidance email@example.com or take a look at our check list below:
Do you have to pay money to enter the pageant?
Check out the sponsors of the competition. Recognised sponsors means a recognisable and respected pageant.
Google the pageant and read forums/ feedback. Guaranteed if people have had bad experiences then you’ll hear about it
Check out press on the pageant. What sort of exposure has it received?
What actual benefits has the pageant given to the contestants?
What are the prizes?
Liaise with point of contacts from the pageants and evaluate their response. Are they kind? Helpful?
UKMF do work alongside beauty pageants, the number one being Miss England.
Last year our star photographer, Alan Strutt and Director Fay Bacon judged the final of Miss England and the final heat of Miss Every Model to discover Kayleigh Hewitt. Both have been invited back as judges this year and due to the pageants huge success, Every Model Magazine has launched Mini Every Model (for children) and Mr Every Model, both of which Fay will be on the panel for too. Former winner of Miss Every Model, Lance Corporal Kat Hodge went on to become Miss England 2009, represent the country in the Miss World contest hosted in South Africa and model for huge lingerie brand La Senza- she said in her handing over ceremony of the Miss England crown: “Its hard to put in to words how much being Miss England has meant to me. For the rest of my life, I will always be thankful for this year and the opportunities it has brought to me. I just want to be Miss England forever!”
Aside from the obvious pleasure of working with such a highly respectable brand like Miss England, UKMF love discovering new talent at the pageants. Since working at the finals last year and spreading the UKMF love amongst the beautiful women, a lot of them came to us for photoshoots and advice on furthering their careers not just in modelling but also TV presenting and acting. Our involvement also set us up with Lady Angie Bowness/ Sinclair, former Miss England, and wife of Sir Clive Sinclair. She is a favourite in The Daily Mail and lucky for UKMF she chose us, and the fabulous Alan Strutt to shoot her first calendar. Furthermore, the gorgeous singer/ model from Liverpool, recently crowned Miss Galaxy England, Melissa Reeves worked with us on her 2011 calendar. Since our shoot she has gone from strength to strength across global press and is a huge fan of beauty pageants. To celebrate her win and before she jets off to America to compete in the final of Miss Galaxy International we caught up with Melissa to get her view on pageants, what they’ve done for her career and of course, her views on UKMF.
For more information on entering Miss England, Miss Every Model, Mr Every Model or Mini Every Model please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello Miss Galaxy England, how does it feel?!
Ha, it feels AMAZING!!! I’m thrilled to have won.
What tips do you have for other aspiring Miss Galaxy winners?
To just enjoy the experience of taking part in the contest because it is a pageant you can actually enjoy taking part in. It is very organised and run by good, genuine people, which isn’t always the case.
· Why do you think beauty pageants are a good idea?
They are great for building confidence and self esteem. Even if you don’t win you will gain more experience and become more confident. Also they are good for meeting new friends.
· As a young model why do you feel it’s important to have reputable companies such as Celebrity Publicity and UK Model Folios to support professional models such as yourself through your career?
There are agencies out there that will just rip people off and take advantage of you but Celebrity Publicity and UK Model Folios help guide you in the right direction through your career.
· You recently worked with CP and UKMF in Thailand – tell us a little bit more about your trip away?
The trip to Thailand was fantastic. It was amazing to work with Alan Strutt and UK Model Folios because he is such a well know photographer, and I love UKMF’s services so to work with them on my calendar was perfect! We all became like a little family when we were away and I still keep in touch with all the other girls.
· Were you nervous about being away from home for so long?
I am used to travelling around and not being at home but I was a bit anxious at first travelling all the way to Thailand with people I didn’t know very well and people I had never met before, but everyone was so nice and we all got along really well so it was an amazing experience overall.
· How did Fay and Alan make you feel comfortable during your Thailand trip?
Fay and Alan made everyone feel comfy by just being nice and were very understandable, like when the sun kept getting in my eyes when I was shooting, they both could of got angry with me and told me to get on with it but they didn’t- instead we would move somewhere else. They became more like friends rather than people I was working with.
· Were you pleased with your final thirteen pictures for your 2011 Calendar?
Yes, I LOVE them all!
· Which is your favourite picture and why?
August is my favorite picture because I love the hair and make-up, angle it’s been taken from, and the way it captures the location.
· Overall what was the highlight of your Calendar trip?
It’s hard to pick one highlight but I think the most memorable thing was when we went out to party on the island and see some ‘Lady Boys!!’ It was scary to think all these absolutely gorgeous girls were actually men!!
· What was it like working so closely with Celebrity Photographer Alan Strutt and UKMF’s Fay Bacon?
Amazing. They are really down to earth, lovely people. They felt like family by the time we left the island.
· Why would you recommend shooting your calendar abroad to other models and pageant contestants?
Because shooting a calendar abroad is far more exotic so the pictures are going to look MUCH better and also going abroad beats any studio experience. It’s just amazing.
· Do you feel that because of your choice of career often people will judge you before they’ve even met you?
Yes, definitely. People always assume that I am snotty or thick! They also think that you love yourself because you take care of yourself.
· How do you cope with being in the spotlight?
I thrive on it 🙂
· Will you be working with UKMF/ CP again this year?
Yes, without a doubt! I am a HUGE fan of them! xxx
For more information on booking a calendar/ portfolio shoot like Melissa’s contact us now email@example.com
Ruth Deane: Editor of Every Model Magazine
As you will all remember, back in July our Fay was invited to be a guest judge at the Miss Every Model event in Peterborough. The night was a huge success and not only did Fay get to meet all of the beautiful contestants, but she also got to put a face to the lady who made the competition possible: the fabulous, Ruth Deane.
Once a catwalk model, Ruth is approximately 5’10 and a size 8. From a publishing background, she founded and is the editor of the hugely successful online model bible, Every Model Magazine. Her magazine offers a great insight to the world of modelling, helping amateur and professional models alike to broaden their knowledge of the sought-after industry. To her credit, Ruth has discovered many talented models, namely Laura Coleman and Kat Hodge, both of whom went on to win Miss England consecutively, and represent the country from 2008-2010.
At UK Model Folios we just love meeting new faces and inviting people in for shoots with us. So when Ruth mentioned that she was in desperate need of a new Editor picture for EM Magazine, Fay being the lovely Fay insisted that Ruth come in with Miss E M Magazine winner, Kayleigh Hewitt to take a few snaps in between Kayleigh’s portfolio prize. Ruth, delighted took us up on the offer.
Bright and early, Ruth and Kayleigh arrived at our London Studio armed with an array of dresses, shoes and accessories including, a beautiful Vivienne Westwood pearl necklace that we just could not keep our eyes off! Dressed in a beautiful peach chiffon dress teamed with a dainty pair of kitten heels, Ruth looked every bit the successful, fashionable editor that we imagined her to be. Not only was she strikingly tall but she also had a pair of pins to die for! As Kayleigh sat down with the hair and make-up artist for her pre-consultation, Ruth had a catch up with the UK Model Folios team and described what kind of pictures she was hoping for.
As Ruth is the editor for Every Model Magazine, the concept for the images needed to reflect her personality, but also her occupation. It was important for us not to make her look like a model, but instead a woman of power in a model-world.
Out of the selection of outfits that Ruth brought with her, the two that stuck out the most were the dress that she was already wearing and a lovely classic black mini dress from Motel. Both were not only elegant and sophisticated, but they also oozed style and really suited Ruth’s look and personality.
The hair and make-up artist opted for a natural look for Ruth using Elizabeth Arden and Mac products to highlight her Snow White skin and natural curly locks! Ruth loved her makeover, making her feel even more at ease in front of the camera.
Aware that she was being shot by the fabulous Alan Strutt, Ruth admitted that she felt a little nervous and wasn’t fond of being in front of a camera, especially as her partner was also on the shoot, and naturally he wanted to see what her photos looked like as they were being shot. To put Ruth at ease, Alan decided to begin shooting her on a trendy white chair, which meant that Ruth would not only feel physically more comfortable- something which would reflect in her images, but moreover that she could concentrate less on her body language and posing.
As the shoot progressed Ruth began to feel more confident, especially after seeing how photogenic she was! We decided we had captured some great, natural looking shots, something that particularly pleased Ruth as she felt shoots she had done previously always reflected her “sarcastic side”, not her femininity. Still, Fay felt we needed to capture Ruth’s strength, not only as Editor of the mag, but moreover as a beautiful, independent woman. We decided Ruth’s black dress would be perfect for a next shot, to contrast fashion, sex appeal and dominance. Stood up against a plain wall, Ruth looked fabulous and the black mini dress accentuated all of her best features, particularly those 34″ legs!
Smiling and laughing it was clear that Ruth was really enjoying herself and was excited to see what her finished pictures would look like. It’s always important to us that everyone who comes to UK Model Folios for their shoots always have a good time – regardless of whether they’re professional full-time models or a group of friends. It’s for this reason that UK Model Folios offer someone to assist and direct you throughout your shooting time so that you are 100% satisfied with your pictures.
At the end of Ruth’s shoot she looked through all of her images and was really happy with the final outcome – so much so that she couldn’t decide on just one image and ended up choosing a large selection! As a team we were thrilled by how well the shoot went and particularly to see Ruth’s Facebook profile picture change as soon as she received the images!
To see which photo Ruth opted for take a look at Septembers issue of Every Model Magazine coming soon!
Hi Fay! Tell us, what was it like being asked to go and be a guest judge at the EM Magazine event?
It was great and a real honour. I loved meeting all of the lovely ladies and working on the panel with the other judges, plus it was a brilliant opportunity for me to get UK Model Folios and Celebrity Publicity out there.
Have you been a judge at any other events before?
Yes, I judged Miss Maxim 2007.
As a judge what were you looking for in the girls that had entered the competition?
The winner of Miss Every Model goes through to represent the magazine in the Miss England final with of course potential to be the next Miss England. This year Miss England are looking for a lady with strong model potential so this was one of the key factors I was looking for. After that I judged the ladies a lot on how they came across personality-wise not just vocally, but how sincere they seemed. Miss England is a very important role and as a representative of our country she needs to be likeable and intellgent.
Were you nervous about what to wear?
A little because like all of these events you never know what people are going to wear. Luckily I had a pre-consultation email with the lovely E M magazine editor, Ruth Deane who gave me some ideas!
The UK Model Folios advert on the back of Every Model Magazine is lovely, were you happy when you saw it up close?
So happy! The quality of the magazine is beautiful, which fortunately showed the advert off to its fullest potential. Callum was in the audience and spotted it first and started randomly showing people *laughs* Before we left he left he strategically placed the magazines on to the advert page so people would see it! *Laughs again*
What three things stand out most for you in a model?
Facial beauty, body and hair.
Do you think that entering competitions can help girls further their career?
Dependent upon which competition it is, yes. Some model competitions are a complete rip odd but others such as Miss England I believe are great opportunities and very beneficial for models.
As someone who has worked closely with a lot of successful models what stood out about them?
The obvious is their physical appeal and their ability to move for the camera, but after that it’s how easy they were to work with. Once I meet a model I never tend to focus on how beautiful she was, but more if she was nice. Classic statements are: “I met such and such; what a nightmare!” Or “Oh, she was so lovely and ridiculously beautiful!”
Will you be running any competitions through UK Model Folios?
Yes, we already run several via other big name brands. Currently we’re offering a monthly portfolio prize to the models of Candy Crib, a once in a lifetime calendar trip to Thailand and a portfolio package to the winner of Miss England.
What do you think makes a competition successful and worth entering?
If the prize is beneficial to you. We try to make all of our prizes worthwhile to the person winning them i.e. a model portfolio for a model is a fabulous prize and will help them by saving money and bagging a dream campaign.
What other events have you been to recently?
Recently I’ve been to a WAGS event to raise money for South Africa and UK Model Folios donated a prize; I had more of a social catch-up with my friends at Fox Media, IGN where they rented a bar to watch England – luckily we won that day and the bar was free; 90 degrees outside – London town = good times. Also, I’ve been getting involved with the St Matthews Academy in South East London, which is a business and enterprise school. I attended an evening there to talk to pupils about furthering your career and improving entrepreneurial skills.
Are you looking forward to shooting the next cover page for EM Magazine?
Definitely. I love to shoot different styles, particularly fashion and commercial because I find it more challenging. Kayleigh, the model is stunning too so it should be a great day!