Next Top Model Leeds: Modelling contest aims to find next big star

FUNDRAISERS: Belinda Richmond, Amanda Port, Gaynor Sorkin and Danielle Buck, watch Courtney St John on the catwalk.

FUNDRAISERS: Belinda Richmond, Amanda Port, Gaynor Sorkin and Danielle Buck, watch Courtney St John on the catwalk.

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Budding young stars are preparing to shine as they strut their stuff in front of hundreds of people and celebrities at a charity modelling competition.

Thousands of Leeds locals auditioned for Next Top Model Leeds but now 16 will take to the catwalk for the sold-out final tomorrow night. (March 4)

Male and female finalists will take part in a black tie competition with the winners chosen by a celebrity judging panel.

The two top models will receive £500 and a one-year modelling contract with Leeds-based Catwalk Model Management.

Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis is expected to attend at The Warehouse nightclub on Somers Street along with Leeds-born footballer Micah Richards.

Former Leeds United legend Dominic Matteo, actors James Nesbitt and Chris Fountain from Coronation Street are also invited.

The judging panel includes Dancing on Ice star and rugby legend Ellery Hanley and actress Poppy Jhakra from Waterloo Road and Coronation Street.

The competition is the brainchild of four successful Leeds businesswomen who wanted to help raise cash for the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

Gaynor Sorkin, co-owner of Offices to Let, Amanda Port, co-director of Micronet Europe, Danielle Buck, co-owner of Daniel Footwear and Belinda Richmond, co-owner of Arrow Cars, met on Wednesday for a dress-rehearsal.

Amanda said: “We’ve searched far and wide for models and believe we have an excellent line up. We’ve been absolutely blown away by the support from Leeds businesses.”

Finalists will model designer labels from Accent Clothing and Daniel Footwear in Leeds.

Rugby star Chris Pilgrim, athlete and olympic hopeful Chris Kirk and model and girlfriend of footballer Ross McCormack, Courtney St John, will also be involved in the show.

For more about the charity, visit: www.ljwb.co.uk

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