Welcome to the Model of the Year competition, Kerri set up this competition when the Academy opened in 2008 to help new models get started out in the industry. Since then the contest has grown on a massive scale, with the 2009 contest and winner Talitha Minnis being seen by millions on the BBC as their featured story on the BBC England website! Kerri has had lots of interviews and appearances with the BBC and other media regarding the contest, as being one of the only pageants in the UK for not charging girls hundreds of pounds to enter like many do.
There are various ways to win a place in the grand final each year, through online heats and live heats at the Model Tutorial Days. Our 2011 competition will be announced shortly, and feature a brand new website solely dedicated to the competition! This year the competition was bigger than ever and so was split into a two day event, with The Model of the Year held on Friday 26th November, and the Teen Model of the Year final was held on Saturday 27th November.
Each grand final had over £10,000 worth of prizes for its winner, runner up, and all finalists. These included a £1000 website, and £1000 worth of salon vouchers for celebrity hairstylist Max Giammello's salon in Norwich, as well as a luxury weeks holiday and photoshoot on the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt!
The Model of the Year competition, held its third annual grand final on Friday 26th November in Norwich. Our of 40 finalists chosen, 37 made it through the freezing conditions to take part in the fantastic event - which was sponsored by Godfrey Morgan solicitors, Max Giammello hair salon, and Ladbrokes.
The finalists took part in a lingerie shoot in the day for the 2011 official calendar, and were also trained by the Catwalk Professor. The evening consisted of a clubwear round, followed by the swimsuit round and finally an evening wear round. The finalists were then interviewed on stage by Channel 5 TV presenter Rob Lamarr!
Judges on the evening included the Catwalk Professor, Matthew Schader from Thundersport GB racing series, professional model Natalie Money, and award winning hair stylist Max Giammello.
The judges chose Zoiey Marie from Devon as their overall winner, ending a fantastic year for Zoiey who has also won Miss Devonshire 2010, and an all expenses paid trip to China to represent England in the Miss Friendship International grand finals this September! Zoiey's catwalk, interview and stage presence won over the judges.
In second place was Danielle Brise Grey from Norfolk, closely followed by Chrissie Dyball from Great Yarmouth.
Award winners were again, Danielle Brise Grey who won Miss Charity, Miss Personality went to Stephanie Moore, Best hair to Lianne Vaughan as awarded by Max Giammello, best catwalk went to winner Zoiey Marie as awarded by the Catwalk Professor, Miss So Sexy Fashion went to Amelia Brown who will now do some modelling for the designer brand (who also supplied Kerri's dress on the evening!) and the Miss Friendship award went to Jemma Colledge and Carrie Woolston.
Hannah McCraig, owner of UK Beauties also picked a winner to attend the Miss Bikini International grand finals in China next summer, choosing Ricci Harvey from Diss to win all expenses paid tripto China next year to represent her country!
2010 was the first year of the seperate Teen Model of the Year competition on Saturday 27th November and it was a great success! Despite the Norfolk area being under inches of snow, 17 out of the 20 grand finalists still managed to get to the competition, travelling from all over the UK!
The finalists took part in a 2011 fashion calendar shoot in the day, and were trained by the Catwalk Professor who taught them how to walk and pose on stage! The evening consisted of a party dress round, followed by a casual round, a sportswear round where we saw some fantastic costumes, and finally an evening wear round. The finalists were then interviewed on stage by Channel 5 TV presenter Rob Lamarr!
Judges on the evening included the Catwalk Professor, Mrs World and Mrs Commonwealth Winner Hannah McCraig, Matthew Schader from Thundersport GB racing series, professional model Natalie Money, and Talitha Minnis - Model of the Year 2009 winner!
The judges had a tough decision as all the girls were equally amazing on stage, and at one point they were arguing over the winner as it was so close!
After much deliberation they chose Darci Boamah aged 15 from Wells Next to the Sea as their winner, closely followed by Hannah Davis aged 15 from County Durham, and in third place Jade Pask aged 17 from Norwich.
Other award winners included Jenny Andrews as Most Promising Newcomer, Maddison Taylor aged just 13 who won Miss Charity and also the Best Catwalk (as awarded by the Catwalk Professor!) Miss Personality went to Jessica Wimbledon. The Most Photogenic award went to Hannah Davis, and Miss Popularity was Molly Jo Norman.
Hannah McCraig, owner of UK Beauties also picked winners to attend the Miss Bikini International grand finals in China next summer, choosing Jade Pask and Avanda Bennett, both 17 and from Norwich, to win all expenses paid trips to China next year to represent their country!
This year we held a Model of the Year and Teen Model of the Year Miss Charity Award at both of our competitions. This award went to the finalist who raised the most amount of money for our chosen charity Help For Heroes.
The Miss Charity Award went to Danielle Brise Grey who raised over £800 by taking part in a charity sky dive, Danielle pictured left will shoot her very own military themed charity calendar next summer!
Other Model of the Year finalists Laura Schade and Emily Eaves also raised money for the cause.
Our Miss Teen Charity Award went to Maddison Taylor who raised over £200 for Help for Heroes through fundraising activities at her school.
Other finalists Jessica Wimbledon, Jenny Andrew and Shannon Wright also raised money for the Help for Heroes cause. Maddison will shoot her own military themed fashion calendar next summer, to go on sale to raise money for Help for Heroes.
Help for Heroes said ''we are so grateful to have you all supporting us, and sharing your website with us, congratulations with all the success you have had!''
We look forward to more charity events to raise money for them next year.