Carpet fitter snapped up by international model agency

A 50-year-old carpet fitter has swapped cutting and laying flooring for the catwalk after being snapped up by an international model agency.

Rob Knighton, from Shoreditch, east London, was spotted by chance by a model scout while working at her home.

The father of one, who is single and originally from Essex, is the oldest model to be taken on by Next Model Management.

A carpet fitter for more than 30 years, Mr Knighton said: "I never imagined I would have another career at the age of 50, but it just goes to show that nothing is ever impossible. My son thinks it's great and I love all the travel - it's a big change from fitting carpets all day.

"I feel so lucky. It's amazing and like a whole new life for me."

Agency spokeswoman Katy Moseley said it was rare to come across a fledgling model of Mr Knighton's age.

She said: "It's unusual to hear of anyone starting out at the age of 50 and doing such high profile work."

Men's booker Sarah Vickery said: "As soon as we saw Rob, we knew our clients would love him and we weren't wrong. He has already walked for Ozwald Boateng, shot for Arena Homme and has recently filmed a high profile TV commercial for one of the most iconic UK brands.

"His amazing face, hot body and fascinating life experience make him so attractive to clients".

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