Copyright 2004

[ June 23rd 2004 ]

Notton's answer to Kate Moss is set to strut her stuff on a London catwalk after she was voted into the finals of a national modelling competition. Brainy beauty Kelly Brearley was one of just 12 girls picked out of more than 1,400 hopefuls who entered the competition. Photos of the 21-year-old were posted on the More fashion magazine's website and Kelly received a whopping 35 per cent of the online votes cast for the 12 finalists.

The business and property management student got a surprise when she found out she had made it to the finals as she didn't even know she had entered. "I couldn't believe it," said Kelly, who studies at Sheffield University. "At first I thought it was a joke and then I found out my mother had entered my photo into the competition. Obviously I'm really pleased to be in the finals but I am concerned about my studies. They've always been my priority. I'd like to think it will always stay that way but I'll have to wait and see how I get on. It would be nice to get some modelling work and make some money for a couple of years but I think I'll always return to my studies."

Judges from top agency Model Plan - who signed Leeds model Nell McAndrew - will watch 5ft 7ins Kelly on the catwalk in the London finals on July 8. Fashion experts from La Redoute mail order catalogue and More magazine, who have jointly launched the competition, will also be on the judging panel along with representatives from Umberto Giannini, The Sun newspaper and This Morning and T4 television shows. Mum Diane told the Express: "I entered Kelly into the competition because I always thought modelling would be something she'd be really good at.

"Even though I'm her mother and I probably am biased, I know she's really beautiful. I see people on the television and I know Kelly could do that. "Kelly's always been so conscientious about her studies so I know she'll keep a level head no matter what happens. She's always been really good like that."

Kelly said she would not be losing too much sleep if she didn't make it although she admitted to having nerves about the final. She said: "I've never walked on a catwalk so I don't know how I'll manage that but it will be a new experience. If I don't make it, I'll go back to my final year in university and get on with my work and that can't be so bad because it's what I've always wanted to do."

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