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Your chance to model at Norwich Fashion Week 2013

PUBLISHED: 17:18 28 November 2012 | UPDATED: 13:27 30 November 2012

Grace McAlonan (left) with other fashion week models behind the scenes at the opening night of Norwich Fashion Week 2012. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Grace McAlonan (left) with other fashion week models behind the scenes at the opening night of Norwich Fashion Week 2012. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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The week that puts the spotlight on fashion in Norwich has provided a platform for many wannabe models to shine. Emma Harrowing finds out what has happened to some of the models from Norwich Fashion Week.

At the screening of the film In Love With Alma Cogan, the film shot mainly in Cromer and featuring John Hurt, Niamh Cusack and Roger Lloyd Pack, came one of those rare moments when you spot someone you know on the screen. But this was no extra part, Kris Dillon who had modelled on the catwalk at the very first Norwich Fashion Week back in 2010 had a titled role in the film playing Adonas.

As soon as the spotlights of Norwich Fashion Week 2010 faded catwalk model Kris Dillon had been spotted by Norwich based model agency D&A who work for the likes of Debenhams, ITV, House of Fraser and AVEDA. He also secured a contract to model for Norwich hair salon The Gallery Haircutters in the L’Oreal Colour Awards at which The Gallery and Kris reached the finals. His success now sees him working in films alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

“Norwich Fashion Week is where it all began for me,” says Kris “I had never done any catwalk modelling before Norwich Fashion Week and doing this is what got me noticed and has enabled me to fulfil my dream to become a professional model and actor.”

Kris is not alone in his success since taking to the Norwich catwalk. Danielle Hull who won the Face of Norwich Fashion Week 2011 and who also took to the catwalk at fashion week 2012 in March this year, signed with Power Model Management, modelled for The Gallery in the L’Oreal Colour Awards and has recently auditioned for a role in a short film and for a New Look commerical. She is also auditioning for Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model.

This year’s ‘face’ Molly McGeachin has recently signed to international modelling agency Elite after she caught the modelling bug walking the catwalks at Norwich Fashion Week in March.

When Grace McAlonan came to the Norwich Fashion Week 2012 castings at the beginning of this year, little did she know that she would not only get a place on the modelling team but her career would reach new heights. The 21 year old, who is studying Fine Art at Norwich University College of the Arts, is a curveous size 16 proving that size doesn’t matter if you want to be a successful model.

“Norwich Fashion Week has definitely opened doors for me,” says Grace. “Since modelling on the catwalk in March I feel as if I have done one job after another. Norwich Fashion Week really boosted my confidence, it has helped me get my name out there and build contacts. Now I want to persue more modelling work. My dream is to get signed by one of the big agencies in London who specialise in plus size modelling.”

Since modelling for Walkers of Pottergate at The Launch Show during Norwich Fashion Week this year Grace has been signed by Power Model Management which resulted in her getting her first paid modelling job with online fashion boutique Fashion Counts. She has also worked for a catwalk show at Vanilla on Ipswich Road and she has worked on a bridal shoot for charity The Big C in Norwich, as well as modelling for the fashion pages in your Evening News.

“I love modelling so to get paid for it is a bonus,” says Grace. “I know that I have been lucky getting regular work, especially as most of the work is in Norwich as I can work while I’m still studying.

“Going to castings can be nerve-wracking but I just don’t take myself too seriously and I just breathe, take it in my stride and everything is okay!

“Now I cannot wait until next year’s Norwich Fashion Week as I would love to be part of the modelling team again as it’s so much fun - that’s if they will have me back!”

Have you got what it takes to become a Norwich Fashion Week model?

If you have always wanted to be a model here is your chance. Your Evening News has teamed up with Norwich Fashion Week to give you the chance to join the modelling team for 2013. The competition is open to anyone 16 years and over and there are no specific height or size requirements. To apply you must come to one of the auditions being held at The Forum on Thursday January 24, Thursday January 31 or Thursday February 7 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Successful applicants will be asked to come to the final audition at The Forum on Sunday February 17 at midday and you must be available all day on Thursday March 7 and/or Tuesday March 12. Applicants must bring a recent photograph with them to the casting. For more news about Norwich Fashion Week check out the Norwich Fashion Week page on Facebook.

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