Chelsey Dewis: Leeds model on the London Fashion Week catwalk

Chelsey Dewis.

Chelsey Dewis.

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Leeds girl-turned top model Chelsey Dewis will be showing the catwalks of 2011 London Fashion Week what she’s made of.

The 17-year-old Thomas Danby student, who lives in Roundhay, is also one of the finalists in the nationwide competition Top Model UK.

She beat off stiff competition from 4,000 other entrants across the country.

Life is rosy for the youngster who speaks to Claire Dunwell about her hopes for the future.

The things I love most about Leeds are the people I meet and the nightlife. Everyone is different with their unique personalities and there is no prejudice. I moved to Leeds from the Midlands when I was 12 years old and love living here.

My philosophy on life is that everything happens for a reason. I was devastated when I was too ill to attend the castings for London Fashion Week because it was such a big event. I’d been told attendance was compulsory if I wanted to be considered so when my manager sent in photos and I was selected, I was absolutely over the moon. I never expected that to happen because being selected on photos alone is really unheard of, I’m so excited to be a part of it,

My mum gives me the best advice of all and tells me that I can do anything I want to if I put my mind to it. I’ve always wanted to be a model and things are moving quickly which is brilliant. I hope things snowball and my career really takes off.

The last time I cried was when I found out I’d been selected for London Fashion Week. I was over the moon and it’s such an honour to be a part of such a massive event.

I had a really good childhood and lived with my mum and my brother when my parents separated. I was always very girly as a child. When I was 12 I told my mum I wanted to be a model and she said we could talk about it when I was older. All children have dreams and I think she wanted to make sure I was absolutely certain. Once I discovered make-up I was forever giving my friends make-overs and starting taking care of my skin from a really young age. It was last year when I started sending my photos into modelling agencies and I was thrilled when I was signed by Bond Models, who are based in Leeds. Mum has spent so much money helping me achieve my modelling dream, paying for photos and travelling expenses. I’m so grateful for her support and she is very proud of me which means a lot.

I would love to meet the supermodel Tyra Banks because if you love modelling as much as I do, she is the one person to aspire to. Her photos are outstanding and she is brilliant at what she does. I would love to be as successful as she is someday.

My boyfriend Tom is my first love and we’ve been together for seven months. We met randomly through a friend and have seen one another every single day since last summer. He is the most caring and genuine person I have ever met.

It might surprise people how much I know about football, even the off-side rule. I can name the whole Leeds United football team.

My first job was at the end of last summer when I modelled in a fashion show organised by Leeds University fashion students. It was my first paid job and the outfits were amazing. They wouldn’t have looked out of place on the catwalk at London Fashion Week.

They say everyone has an embarrassing moment but I can honestly say I don’t. I’m not easily embarrassed but I do worry that one day I might trip up on a catwalk. I like to think that if I did, I’d get myself up, brush myself down, and carry on walking.

I couldn’t live without my mobile phone because it keeps me in touch with my agent and potential modelling jobs. I’d be lost without it. I’m always on the phone to Tom too and he is a big support in everything I do. He won’t be coming to London with me because I’ll be working long days so we’d hardly see one another. I was quite teary when I knew he wouldn’t be coming but a friend will be joining me which I’m really pleased about.

For a long time I thought Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs were in completely different parts of the country. Don’t ask me why but I guess we all have our blonde moments and that was certainly mine.

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