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Models go from Broadwalk to Catwalk at Edgware competition finals
10:52am Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
Left to right - Back row: Kamsidi Ejikeme, Lucy Scarfe. Middle row: Gopi Castruda ,Tiana Bennett-Reedman, Ricardo Santos, Paul Husanu. Front row: Raluca Manea, Cameron Lewin
Edgware’s Broadwalk to Catwalk modelling competition drew to a close with eight lucky contestants securing winning spots ahead of hundreds of hopefuls.
A total of 22 finalists strutted their stuff in front of shoppers at the Station Road shopping centre dressed in the latest collections from high street retailers.
Sponsored by the Edgware and Mill Hill Times, the competition aimed to find the hottest modelling talents on the streets of the town and beyond, with professional contracts up for grabs.
An initial 288 contestants were whittled down to 160 before the lucky 22 finalists took to the stage on Sunday.
As well as the eight winners, two further people were chosen by the modelling agencies, for consideration as the most promising and appropriate for their books.
In front of an expectant crowd on Saturday and Sunday, the budding models took to the catwalk to smile, pout and pose in the hope of wowing the judges.
Between shows, each model had their photographs taken and a video shot by top London photographer Ian Harding.
On Sunday, judges had the tough job of selecting the winning males and females in each category.
Judges included Matilda Harrison from Sandra Reynolds Model Agency, Poonam Kumar, from Pure World, Una Mitchel, from Boots, and Dina Mistry.
Ms Mistry said: "It is no easy task, strutting in front of a big audience, especially with so many friends and family in the crowd. We had to select winners in each group but the judges and audience were all in agreement that in this instance the group effort made everyone a winner.
“Modelling is not just about good looks and confidence, but about individuality and character and the people we saw this weekend had personality in abundance.
“It was a privilege to host an event where so much energy, enthusiasm and excitement was channelled onto the runway by so many local people. They came and they certainly had what it took to be our models”.
The age category winners were:
Raluca Mahea, 6, from Edgware, who attends Woodcraft Primary School.
Cameron Lewin, 4, from Edgware, who goes to Kingsbury Green Primary School. He loves football and was awarded a year’s placement with north London-based Truly Scrumptious Child Model Agency as a result of the competition.
Tiana Bennett-Reedman, 10, from London, who attends All Saints School. Her skills are in dancing and reading.
Ricardo Santos, 9, who is a Peterborough boy and loves rapping, general sports and especially dance.
Gopi Castroda, 13, from Radlett, who goes to Bushey Meads. Gopi is in year 8 and enjoys drama, music and art. Her hobbies are singing, acting, cookery and of course modelling.
Paul Husamu, 11, from Stanmore. Maths is his favourite subject at the London Academy Secondary School. Paul’s interests are dancing, sports and modelling.
Lucy Scarfe, 23, from Wembley. She is currently working in acting and wants to be a full time model. Lucy is a keen dancer in ballet, tap and modern. She has been awarded a test shoot by Sandra Reynolds as a result of the competition.
Kamsidi Ejikeme, aged 19, from Kingsbury. He is a student at the University of West London. He plays a lot of sports especially football, athletics and tennis and even enjoys some cooking.