A WHITLEY Bay shopping centre has played host to a search to find the borough’s next top model.
The event took place at Park View Shopping Centre yesterday (Thursday) to raise money for two local charities – the Mark Taylor Fund, for the former Whitley Bay footballer who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and the Tiny Lives charity.
The competition took the form of a fashion show, where the entrants were judged by Lesley Lister from Tyne Tees Models, town centre manager John Fleet and News Guardian reporter Hayley Revell.
North Shields’ Siobhan Walker was crowned the winner, and walked away with a one year modelling contract with Tyne Tees Models, a porfolio and a DFDS mini cruise to Amsterdam.
“I really, really wanted to win, but it was such a shock,” she said.
“My dad will be so proud, he will be absolutely ecastatic. He has always said keep going and I have, now I’ve won a competition and I’ve got a modelling contract, it’s amazing.
“Everyone has been so nice and I’ve met some wonderful people and I’ve had a great time.”
Lesley Lister from Tyne Tees Models said: “It was really difficult to pick a winner, and they were all brilliant.
“There was a mixture of ages and everyone came from all different parts of the region, which is lovely.
“The girls and boys all did a great job and I think they thoroughly enjoyed it.
“Siobhan is a lovely girl and has a very bubbly personality and we hope she will prove to be a great model for Tyne Tees Models.”