As you may or may not be aware, Amy Willerton is more than just a model to us, she’s part of our UK Model Folios family. We are so proud of how she has conducted herself in the jungle thus far, despite being a victim of some clear mistreatment by other camp Members.
We met Amy through sponsoring the Miss London beauty pageant (regional heat for Miss England and Miss World). We spotted from the offset she had that certain something; the ‘X-Factor’ if you will, and we were right.
Travelling to Thailand with Amy after she won a photoshoot with us and Alan Strutt to shoot there was a real highlight. It was on those stunning beaches we shot her debut calendar and spent time really getting to know the real Amy.
Here’s some of our highlights! #TeamAmy x
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.
A FRIDAY CONGRATULATIONS
Miss London 2012 Amy Willerton has won a once in a lifetime photoshoot in Thailand with celebrity photographer Alan Strutt
After entering the Miss England 2012 fast-track round, Beauty and the Beach sponsored by Amazing Thailand, Six Senses Spa and UK Model Folios– Amy’s enviable curves managed to win over the judging panel that initially selected her from the other fifty entrants as a top ten finalist for the round. After proving her swimwear potential at a finalist shoot in London, Amy won by unanimous vote the title of Miss Beauty and the Beach 2012. From the shoot, the panel of judges, which consisted of Alan Strutt, Joanne Cook -Consumer Marketing & PR manager for the Thailand Tourist Board, Khun Siripakorn Cheawsamoot- Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Bhiyada Wongwarachat, Editor in Chief of Thai Smile Magazine deliberated and selected Amy who will now be fast-tracked to the final fifteen at the Miss England final on June 26th.
An ecstatic Amy said, “I am completely overwhelmed to have been chosen; there were so many gorgeous girls in the line-up with the most fabulous physiques. I was just praying the judges would be looking for a curvier girl, as I certainly am! I can’t believe I will now be visiting one of the most amazing places in the world!”
Despite it being a very tough decision for all involved- the finalists really were AMAZING- UK Model Folios are ecstatic for Amy and very excited to have her on the trip. Her natural beauty and killer assets make her a truly well deserved winner!
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Today UK Model Folios photographed the drop dead gorgeous top ten for the project we have been working very hard on- Beauty and the Beach. As sponsored by Amazing Thailand and Six Senses Phuket Spa Beauty and the Beach is the fast-track round, dreamt up by UK Model Folios to give one lucky Miss England 2012 finalist the opportunity to visit Thailand and shoot with celebrity photographer, Alan Strutt.
Sixty of the Miss England finalists submitted swimwear pictures to be considered for this amazing fast-track round, which not only has a once in a lifetime prize, but also places the winner in the final fifteen at Miss England’s 2012 final on Tuesday 26th June. The lucky ladies to reach our final ten, as chosen by Alan Strutt, Miss England and the Amazing Thailand representatives are:
Miss North West
Miss North Yorkshire
Miss Beauty With A Purpose
Now all that’s left is for the VERY DIFFICULT decision to be made- keep watching for the result on Friday!
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It’s the season for Beauty Pageants: With the Miss England final fast approaching, it’s time for the aspiring beauty queens amongst us to ensure our portfolios are looking tip-top to impress those judges. Contact us now for a bespoke shoot like the stunning Miss England 2011 Alize Mounter
Over the years we have shot many beauty queens for magazines such as Hello and Every Model Mag. The shots have gone on to win places and fast-track titles such as Miss England’s Best Beach Body round and just as great, get aspiring Beauty-Queen-Models signed to top fashion and commercial agencies.
Our annual trips to Thailand have proven very popular within the beauty pageant world too- after we recommended our luxury lingerie client, Harlette de Falaise sponsor the calendar of Miss Galaxy England 2011 Melissa Reeves, Face of East Anglia 2011 and aspiring fashion model Eisha Acton also joined us at Hua Hin’s Sixth Senses Spa.
Between shooting Coleen Rooney and Patsy Palmer for two separate issues of Hello in the last month, Alan has also been busy working with UK Model Folios shooting several campaigns with Miss London 2011 Rissikat Bade for diamond and watch specialist Mark J Walsh, Sytner MINI Canary Wharf and designer Karen Karmody. To add to this he also shot the front cover and inside spread of Miss and Mr Every Model, for the industry’s leading fashion and commercial model magazine, Every Model summer issue, released today!
With the calendar season fast approaching, Alan has a string of celebrity calendars lined-up to shoot which comes as no surprise after the stunning work he shot last year including another beautiful calendar for iconic model Kelly Brook and the 50’s pin-up inspired glamour shoot for Peta Todd. Both calendars were a huge success and went alongside the 12 other titles Alan shot all of which can be found at celebritycalendars.co.uk. As an extra treat for you all, UK Model Folios are teaming back-up with Alan in September to shoot calendars and portfolios in Thailand’s Koh Samui! For more information on this trip or for further information on Alan please contact us.
We’ll leave you now with a few snapshots of Alan’s most recent work for UK Model Folios and some inspirations for your 2012 calendars…
The temperatures are rising in London Town and our gorgeous ladies and gents cannot wait to whack their hard-earned abs and pecks out, and on to the front of their very own 2012 calendar.
We know you probably think it’s rather early to be working on your calendar already but if we were to remind you that we are half way through the year (where has the time gone?) with less than three months until calendars hit the shelves you may think twice. And so without further ado, please get in contact now if you would like to book or seek further info in on shooting your calendar in the UK, sunny Ibiza or Thailand???!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
There are so many factors that influence our individual opinion and arguably the media is one of them. When it comes to models we all have our own thoughts- “I wish I was one”… “Skinny, anorexic and self-0bsessed”… “They marry footballers”… “An easy job for so much money”… “All unhappy”… “Beautiful”, but for us in the industry we know the truth. We have seen them at their lowest. We have seen their true reaction once their lives get splashed across the paper- “model X caught cheating with X footballer”. And honestly, whilst sometimes they live up to the ‘model expectation’, the general consensus is you’d be pleasantly surprised to really see what lies beneath the glamorous hair and make-up, clothes (in some cases) and confident personas.
A model we have chosen to write about is our good friend, Annie Bullah. Renowned for being a ‘TV Babe’ Annie has been in the industry since she was eighteen, always with the goal of being the next Jordan, and just like her idol, you either love or hate her. For me, I get her. I see the vulnerable, naturally beautiful little lady underneath the make-up, extensions and false eyelashes and honestly, I love her.
Annie Bullah is a UK Model Folios blog choice because she so epitomises the glamour stereotype and the misconceptions. I want to share my Annie experience with you because not only will it hopefully broaden your view of models, but moreover prove the trustworthy relationship you can build with us here at UKMF. Relationships which can expand your success in the industry and the confidence you have for knowing you are being promoted in the way you want to be and on top of that, gaining the financial credit too.
This interview is as always honest and gives an insight in to the world of not just Miss Bullah, but the model industry as a whole. We hope you enjoy it.
“Happy girls are the prettiest”
INTERVIEW WITH FAY BACON AND ANNIE BULLAH
By Coco Minnie x
Annie’s calendar is what I would describe as a typical beach-style-glamour shoot. It’s very simple and captures the beauty of Thailand. It is inspired by Jordan, Jemma Jameson and Pamela Anderson.
Annie: I LOVE my calendar. I loved Thailand. It’s the best thing I’ve done work-wise.
How did you both decide the theme for the Calendar?
I know the type of model Annie is and what she wants to be perceived as. She LOVES Jordan so we looked through previous shoots she had done. Obviously as her shoot was with Alan Strutt and he has shot Jordan many times, including her first calendar he had a great idea of what to do and so the Official Annie Bullah 2011 Calendar was born!
Annie: I have really specific ideas when it comes to modelling and I know what works for me. Fay and I work really well together as she understands my ideas and picked out all the best references for me. We worked on every detail selecting outfits, hair and make-up, everything. I couldn’t have asked for a better service.
Which was your favourite month in the calendar and why?
May or November. I know Annie loves May, particularly as a landscape.
Annie: Yes, that’s my best picture ever! 8 o’clock in the morning in Thailand. Victoria Secret’s bikini. Amazing!
Had you worked with eachother before going to Thailand?
Yes, we’d worked together on building Annie’s website, plus I also promote Babemag.com and we had worked together on a shoot for them.
Annie: I wanted to shoot with UK Model Folios and Alan because they’re the best. Alan is my favourite photographer to work with and Fay is so good at shoot production, direction etc. She knows exactly what I want and I love working with her.
Fay, before you met Annie did you have any preconceptions of what she’d be like?
Erm… Honestly, I expected her to be stand-offish because I’d seen her once or twice shooting but never spoke to her, however the minute we chatted I was pleasantly surprised. Annie needs to feel comfortable around people, I think she’s quite protective of herself and has been hurt a lot in the past by women, and maybe people generally. I think she trusts me and so we get along really well and I almost ‘Mummy’ her when we work together. She’s a truly lovely person.
Annie: I can give off that impression sometimes but I don’t mean it, I am a really open person when you get to know me and I’m very loving. I like to keep myself quite private work-wise and only work with people I trust and think will help me. I was introduced to Fay by Alan Strutt so knew she would be good for me if he had recommended her. We clicked instantly and now I love her!
How difficult do you think it is for models like Annie to escape being stereotyped for their image?
It’s very difficult if she wanted to be taken seriously in a professional career for example a lawyer, but Annie wants to be a glamour model. She loves Jordan and just like Jordan plays to the press; Annie plays the whole glamour stereotype perfectly. She wears low-cut tops to show her amazing boobies, and little jean shorts to show her bum. She loves the attention and admits it. She doesn’t try to be what she isn’t.
Annie: The bitchy comments I get are outweighed by the good. I am very lucky as I have great fans, family and friends who keep me confident. Of course there are people who want to see me fail or bring me down but I have to ignore them. To survive in this industry you have to be thick skinned.
Do you find that people tend to judge glamour models on their choice of job and appearance?
Yes, completely. I am honest enough to say I judged them too before I started working with them. There’s so many different views that people take, but the main ones are it’s derogatory to women; glamour models are cheapening themselves and have no brains. Oh, and that they all want a footballer. That’s classic.
Annie: I’d never date a footballer. I don’t believe glamour degrades women, I actually think it celebrates our sexuality and feminine curves. I love looking glamorous and making the best of myself. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m also very homely and like staying home with my man and chilling out.
How does working with companies such as Celebrity Publicity and UKMF benefit successful models such as Annie?
We can put her in the direction she wants to be in i.e. magazines. We can expose her in the best way to the right market with the best content. We will ensure contracts are in place too so she benefits from all of this because there is a huge tendency for models like Annie to be taken advantage of by those who recognise her willingness to get in to magazines and the public eye. These sorts of models end up on the front pages of magazines sure, but sometimes they’re mags they didn’t want to be on, and moreover not earning any money from the picture sales. We don’t allow this and are very transparent with everything we do.
Annie: I am very selective who I work with and since working with Fay, UK Model Folios and Celebrity Publicity I run everything by her now because she gives the best advice and makes sure I’m getting the best deal in my work.
Before you started working in the industry were you ever nervous or hesitant to work with glamour models?
No, although I used to find myself feeling uncomfortable when I told people I worked with them because there’s always that same reaction of, “phwoar, can you get me a job?” from the men, and “Oh, do you? “ *snob accent* from the women. I’m very proud of what I do though so…
Annie: I was nervous as I didn’t know whether they would be bitchy or friendly towards me. You hear a lot that models are nasty to eachother so I was worried about that.
Why would you recommend UKMF and Celebrity Publicity to other models that tend to get judged due to their appearance / their choice of career?
We treat everyone with respect but are honest with them too. Take Annie for example, she loves the whole OTT hair and make-up, but I am always telling her to tone it down because she is genuinely naturally beautiful and looks better, in my opinion, when she’s naturally made-up. Of course she doesn’t always listen to me ha, but we can only advise.
Annie: I am very fussy when it comes to my hair and make-up, but in saying that I did tone it down for the calendar and actually really liked it.
Fay, after working with clients do you often feel protective over them?
Yes, definitely. I aim to get a real rapport with my clients and strike a bond. I am close with all of my Thailand girls now for example because I lived with them for seven days and they’re such lovely women. On the other hand I’m honest too. Nobodies perfect and everyone has their negative points but I’ll give the model the negative feedback if I feel it can benefit them career-wise to work on it.
Fay, the first time you met Annie, what stood out about her?
She’s got an amazing figure. I also love her tattoos and how lovely she is. Annie is the typical example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. She’s actually really down-to-earth, caring and a homely girl. I love her.
For you, what makes a woman stand out?
I could lie and say personality, but initially it’s looks and then ultimately the two combined. I’m not going to feel bad saying that either, I mean walking down the street you’re not going to look and think, “she looks like a lovely person”… It’s the, “wow, she’s hot… I want her bag… and shoes… and hair colour…” Whilst we’re on the subject, Adriana Lima is my ideal woman. I would consider being a lesbian for her. I feel this should be public knowledge! (Both girls giggle)
Annie: I love natural beauty and a woman who takes care of herself. I love glamour and pretty, girly things. I also love girls that are approachable and nice to one another.
What was it like working with Annie Bullah in Thailand?
It was great fun. She’s so sweet and looks upon me sometimes for a bit of guidance, which I find really endearing. Sometimes I have to rein her in a little bit and encourage her cultural side because otherwise she would’ be eating McDonalds every day! Like in Thailand my goal was to get her to order Thai food and enjoy it, and she did. (Annie laughs!)
Annie: The Thailand calendar trip is amazing. Models have to go, even if it’s just for the experience. The girls who went on the trip were great fun and I have built a good friendship with, Melissa Reeves. We got up to much girly mischief!
Recently there’s been a lot of press in the media about people being stereotyped (more recently Channel 4 have been showing a documentary called Beauty and The Beast: The Ugly Face of Prejudice), do you think that there is more pressure on young girls and boys to look ‘perfect’?
Yes, definitely, our culture is obsessed with looking good. There’s the pressure to have the best clothes, the best car, the best make-up, hair-do; the list is endless. It’s is silly that we strive for this celebrity life, literally trying to afford the same pair of Louboutins as Cheryl Cole despite the fact she earns millions of pounds more than us, but it’s life. However, as much as looks are important in modern society, they’re not the be-all-and-end-all, but in the modelling industry they are. The physical is at the forefront of everything and in the end the model with the best physical assets is at a distinct advantage. Naturally personality is key and the two compliment eachother in ultimately giving you an even better career, but realistically if the next Kate Moss turns up on a photographer’s doorstep s/he’s not going to turn her away for lacking intelligence and being a diva.
Annie: Haha that’s true. Even as a model we want to become models because we look up to other models, or see them looking great in magazines and on telly and think, “I want that.” It is a pressure to then be that pretty though which is why a lot of models become insecure. It is a very competitive industry and one where it’s difficult to find true friends.
Do you think that something needs to change in the industry about how certain girls are judged because of their choice of career and if so, why?
It’s naïve to think opinion can be changed now because even without the media, people think what they think and as much as I can help by defending a model and saying she’s brainy or a lovely girl, the preconception is there. I think it’s just important for us in the industry and the model to overlook that preconception and make our own minds up.
Annie: I agree. All I can do as a model is be me and hopefully people will like me but if they don’t then there’s not much I can do.
Fay, you’re known in the industry for working with a variety of models including fashion, lingerie and topless. Do you find that ‘outsiders’ tend to judge all of these women on their looks and choice of career?
Yes, definitely. If you’re a fashion model, you’re anorexic. If you’re a lingerie model… don’t actually know what the theory is there, but if you’re topless, you’re degrading yourself. Some think if you’re a model it’s because you failed at everything else. I do not agree with any of these things. It’s the media that makes us feel that way. Of course there’s some truth in the whole ‘size zero’ thing and no matter what type of model you are, models are affected by wanting to keep skinny and toned, but I guess when so much attention is focused on how you look, you are going to become affected and ultimately they do have to have good bodies.
For more information on booking a calendar shoot or for general model advice you can contact Fay direct email@example.com
To purchase Annie Bullah’s Official 2011 Calendar, including signed versions visit Celebrity Calendars now
UK Model Folios are bowled over by the press their work has received globally in the last couple of months. Since working with some of the UK’s hottest model talent, the world’s largest website IGN.com and fast-emerging new online men’s site babemag.com have paid close attention and approached us to feature a very cute selection. It seemed they couldn’t avoid us after so many websites have been plugging in to our amazing models and featuring them for their readers again and again.
Happily added to the list are the very prestigious Daily Mail, News of the World and The Sun!!! It seems someone loves us particularly as The Daily Mail even went to such lengths they sent a Photographer to Thailand to capture the first snaps of our seriously hot Lady Angie in her bikini!
So not to blow our own trumpet or anything but it kinda looks like we’re the people to be around?! If no then maybe a proper look at the features will change your mind (see links below)
Take a closer look here at Sir Clive Sinclair’s wife, Lady Angelina – his inventions aren’t the only things keeping him busy- lad’s mag favourites Sarah B, Kimberley Roberts, Annie Bullah and Evie Miller, our newly discovered bohemian beauty Ilaya Goldy, top ALT chick, Jenny Kim, the one to watch out for, Catherine Wassell and the ultimate DJ Goddess, Kellie Acreman.
For more information on how you can attract this sort of press too email us now firstname.lastname@example.org