Winning smiles as YEP Leeds Cute Kid named

Lanaya Walker.
Lanaya Walker.
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ADORABLE little Lanaya Walker has won the hearts of YEP readers as votes flooded in for her to be crowned the winner of our Cute Kids competition.

Dozens of youngsters were entered in the popular contest, with readers flocking to have their say and vote for their favourite.

But it was 15-month-old Lanaya, from Beeston, who ended up taking the top spot after collecting the most votes.

Lanaya won over readers when she appeared in the photo competition sporting her cheeky smile and curly brown hair.

Mum Jodie Walker, 22, said she couldn’t be prouder.

“She is a little bit cheeky, very loving and always smiling, and you can see that in the picture.

“Lots of people always say she is beautiful.

“Even strangers come up to me in the street sometimes and say that I should get her into modelling.”

And modelling may well be on the cards for little Lanaya, after having her first professional photo shoot a few months ago.

“I am thinking about it and we have got some photos done professionally,” mum Jodie added.

“It depends what mood she is in as to how good the photo is though!

“I was shocked to find out that we had won.

“I thought she would do well because we had family and friends voting for her but there were a lot of other children in the competition.”

Lanaya has won an annual Family pass for 2015 to Flamingo Land.

Meanwhile the lucky runner-up was named as Bailey Setterington.

The 14-month-old from Middleton had the second highest number of votes and will receive a Family Day Pass to Flamingo Land.

Bailey’s mother, Joanne Lythe, said: “We obviously think Bailey is really cute so when we heard about the competition through some friends we went for it.

“Bailey is very strong-willed so if he doesn’t want to smile, he won’t! So it was quite difficult but I think he did well in the competition because he has a little smirk on his face in the photo and that stood out.”

Bailey also has an older brother, Ben, aged nine.

Joanne added: “Ben is proud of his little brother. But he’s a little annoyed that he didn’t win!”

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