Hannah Muir, winner of Blackpool's Top Model
Hannah Muir, winner of Blackpool's Top Model

MEET Blackpool’s young top models.

The pair, Hannah Muir, 13 and Reece McDonough, 15, were picked out of hundreds of entries for the high-profile competition, held by Blackpool and the Fylde College.

Their prize was to have their own fashion shoot at the college and a portfolio of images compiled for them.

The competition was judged by Bond Model Agency, in Leeds.

An initial event – organised by third year photography students Joanna Padovani, Ben Ward and Lynn Brown – was held at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, where test shots were taken of the potential models.

Lynn said: “We asked the best photographers on the fashion photography course to take the portfolio shots – Tom Buck and Mel Chlond were chosen.

“Hannah and Reece came into the college and had a full photo shoot in the fashion studio – with make-up and styling. They were both really good in front of the camera, they listened well to directions, and worked with the photographers well, which led to some really good shots.

“Hannah was very versatile – her photographs showed different looks and poses, and were visually stunning. She was happy to try many different outfits and poses, and behaved in a very professional manner, doing everything asked of her without complaint.

“Reece was focused and followed direction well, we did an outdoor shoot with him as well, and he coped really well with having to pose in public.

“For first time models, we were really impressed with them both, and really happy with the final images. We would definitely work with them again.”

Hannah, from St Annes, who goes to Lytham St Annes High, said: “I didn’t expect to win the competition at all, I couldn’t believe it when I won.

“I was really pleased, because modelling is something I would like to go into.

“The photo shoot was great, I was a bit nervous at first, but it was really good fun and it was great to have my own portfolio at the end.”

Reece, from South Shore, who goes to Highfield High School, said: “I was really chuffed to win, really pleased.

“Modelling is something I am interested in and I really enjoyed the photo shoot day.”