Former student is a fantastic role model
A FORMER Trafford College student, who successfully set up her own modelling agency, has enlisted the help of the college’s Trafford First recruitment service to help in her search for a new apprentice.
Melissa Drummond, a former A-Level student from Manchester, has seen her business go from strength to strength since its launch and has celebrated a glittering array of achievements along the way.
Melissa worked as a commercial model in the early part of her career and it was at this time that she noticed a distinct lack of multi-ethnicities with several agencies that she applied to.
She decided to start her own agency to create opportunities for models of different races and make a positive impact in the fashion industry.
Cliché models was born in 2012, dedicated to discovering and representing beauty across the spectrum, regardless of ethnic origin, skin colour or even size.
Since starting her venture, Melissa’s passion and determination have seen her recognised with a Business of the Year for the Media Business and Community Award, as well as being nominated for a National Diversity Award and succeeding as a finalist for the Young Business Woman of the Year award for Forward Ladies in partnership with Barclays.
Melissa was also interviewed by Channel 4 news about the debate on diversity in the fashion industry alongside Naomi Campbell. She said: “I am so passionate about Cliché. The world is multicultural and the beauty of our models represents that heritage. This is something to be celebrated.
“Trafford College provided me with a really good foundation that has helped get me on the career ladder, and set me up for business success. The skills you pick up are useful, and helped me go to university where I was able to secure internships at the BBC and Key 103 before starting my own business venture.’’