Cat­walk school­girl wins spot in modelling fi­nal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A 15-year-old school­girl hopes to make a big im­pres­sion on the cat­walk af­ter mak­ing it to the grand fi­nal of a modelling com­pe­ti­tion.

Rheanna Bar­ber, from Kingsnorth, was among the 4,000 en­trants to the Top Model UK com­pe­ti­tion, and has been listed as one of 160 fi­nal­ists.

She first got into fash­ion and the step­ping down the cat­walk when she was in­volved in a modelling and fash­ion show at Home­wood School in Ten­ter­den.

Now she is look­ing for­ward to the fi­nal in April where she has been en­tered into the edi­to­rial cat­e­gory, which is for mod­els in mag­a­zines and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Mum Juliet Bar­ber said: “We’re all re­ally proud of her, she has done fan­tas­ti­cally well, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the fact she is still do­ing her GCSEs.

“She has been to cat­walk at the Lon­don fash­ion show, she isn’t think­ing too much of a ca­reer in modelling, she is fo­cussing on her ex­ams and A-lev­els.

“When th­ese fi­nals came up she didn’t know whether or carry on with it, but she has de­cided to go for it.”

Rheanna is hop­ing to study A-lev­els in busi­ness, Ger­man, English lit­er­a­ture and so­ci­ol­ogy once she com­pletes her GCSEs.

Mrs Bar­ber added: “Rheanna is def­i­nitely the tallest in our fam­ily and in her class. She is 6ft 2ins and is taller than her older brother Daniel. She is catch­ing ev­ery­body up.”

Ac­cord­ing to Top Model UK it is the ninth an­nual com­pe­ti­tion to be held, with the grand fi­nals to take place at the Hil­ton Lon-

‘We’re all re­ally proud of her, she has done fan­tas­ti­cally well’

don Metropole Ho­tel on Satur­day, April 2.

The prizes for the win­ners in­clude in­ter­na­tional travel, beauty prod­ucts and goodie bags, pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy shoots, hairstyling with top de­sign­ers and spa breaks.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event visit www.top­mod­eluk.com or email info@top­mod­eluk.com.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4222914

Rheanna Bar­ber, 15, is through to the grand fi­nal of Top Model UK

Pic­ture: Shahid Malik Pho­tog­ra­phy

Rheanna on the cat­walk

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