Shooting star

Lori-Anne Brotherton, model from Squires Gate'Pic courtesy of Chris Mangnall
Lori-Anne Brotherton, model from Squires Gate'Pic courtesy of Chris Mangnall
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THIS young South Shore woman is hoping to prove a real role model.

With her tattoos, cropped dark hair and height of 5ft 4ins, she may not look like a typical model.

And she is a mum-of-two at the age of 21.

But Lori-Anne Brotherton hopes her story will inspire other teen mums and spread the message that successful models can come in all different shapes and sizes.

She said: “I became pregnant when I was enrolled in college at the age of 16, and I was living in Huddersfield with my parents.

“They weren’t happy as, in their eyes, I was chucking my life away – although now they wouldn’t change it for the world.

“My partner was 17 at the time and I was very happy I was pregnant.

“I moved out of my parents’ house and we got a house of our own.

“When my son was about five months old I began modelling, which my parents were pleased about, as I was trying new things.

“But my partner and I had some ups and downs and a break-up, which is when I picked up modelling more and had lots of shoots.

“When getting back together, we came to Blackpool for a weekend.

“We met such lovely people, who made us feel so welcome their hotel.

“They actually helped us look at houses to move over and within two weeks, we had moved to Blackpool.”

It was then Lori-Anne became pregnant for a second time, this time with a daughter, who turns two in November.

She said: “Being a teen mum was tough, as I didn’t have many people who supported us. Going out or seeing people my age wasn’t an issue as I didn’t have many friends – I was bullied in high school right through to Year 10, when I moved schools.

“I have done numerous jobs – the odd waiting job or hotelier work, but nothing permanent and I love doing modelling, which is more a hobby.

“I’d love to do it as a full-time job, but I don’t fit with the particular image most people want their models to look like.”

Lori-Anne hopes to try to promote different body images among teenage girls.

She said: “I’ve been expanding the types of shoots I do, going from the likes of lingerie, girl-next-door type to punk and different sorts of fashion, including an online store for ethnic wear.

“I like the idea of glamour modelling, as I am too small at 5ft 4ins to do fashion – they need to be above 5ft 7ins and be stick thin.

“Glamour is more of a smaller size with curves. I was doing glamour shoots, which was fine after I had my son, but after having my daughter it’s been a bit harder to do those shoots.

“It’s got to fit in with slots when my partner isn’t working or when the children’s godparents, who are the only people we really know here but have helped so much, can help look after them.

“I have featured in Nuts magazine four times, but am trying to widen my horizons. It does seem difficult because of models apparently needing to look a certain way.

“My tattoos on my arm are sometimes off-putting, when people are looking for that girl-next-door style.

“At the moment, it seems a typical model has to be a Size 8, but in proportion – your hips and chest have to be a very close measurement and most girls in glamour modelling now have breast implants.

“I don’t disagree with it at all, I just think they should include girls of different shapes and sizes – there is a variety of different models out there.

“It puts an image in teenage girls’ heads about what they should look like.

“But what about all the girls who have a unique style, don’t have the perfect figure and can still come out looking great in pictures?

“I’d just like people to see different images of models, and I want to show young mums who get labelled or tarred with the same brush for having children so early can actually do something productive.”