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Introducing the BFWF 2019 Models!

Want to know more about the models walking the runway this season, read all about them below...

Madeline

I've been a plus size model since 2008 - my background is acting and a couple of friends suggested I send my headshots off to an agency. I'd never considered modelling, I felt like an ugly duckling growing up without much concern for my looks so I was totally surprised I was signed by that agency & to have been working ever since!

I've been lucky enough to work across a broad spectrum of modelling over the years from Commercial, Live TV, Catwalk, Editorial, Catalogue, Bridal and Fittings. I'm so pleased to have seen the diversity in the fashion industry improve over my 10 years, both in terms of inclusivity and design. There's so much more choice for us curvy girls now!




Amber

Modelling was always a little dream for me since the age being about 7, I always remember watching Americans next top Model and thinking that’s what I really want to do, so at the age of 7 till now!! I used to go to my room and just practice my walk up and down. School was never good for me I used to get bullied tremendously, about my looks, my teeth, my eyebrows you name it!

I have done 2 front cover magazines shoots one called ‘Absolute Magazine’, they flew me out to Ibiza for a week to shoot. The second one was for S E W magazine which was also great fun. I have been to Paris twice for PFW which was great. I have also done LFW 6 times!I used to watch Bristol fashion week when I was a young Kid and tell my parents one day I want to be on that stage and for you to watch me, so this show means so much to me.






Catherine

When I was 14 I went on a school trip to the Clothes Show at the NEC and ended up getting scouted by a few agencies. It was such a shock as I was a tomboy and never imagined being a model!

I grew up in the countryside and my dad didn’t like the thought of me going to London on my own for work so decided I should sign with Boss Models in Manchester. Since signing with them I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world. My first trip was to Tokyo when I was 19, It was a really successful trip for me and I knew this is what I wanted to do.

Singapore, Milan, Cape Town, Miami, LA and NYC are the main places I lived whilst modelling. NYC was my home for 3 years where I got to work with some major brands and even saw my campaigns up in Times Square!
 

Raul

I started modelling in 2017 when I was discovered by Bridge Models. One of my first jobs was to be part of a nationwide launch campaign for big and tall clothing which included appearing on billboards across the United Kingdom. This got a lot of media and press coverage raising the issue of the need for brawn models in today’s society.

There was no one out there that looked like me, my shape and size, and I found it frustrating. I felt a lot of pressure to look a certain way – I didn’t have a six pack or look like the men on the cover of magazines.

In the future I want to see most high street shops cater for XL men. It would be amazing for brawn models to be more visible in the fashion industry and to become household names. I plan to accomplish this by continuing to work with my agency Bridge Models who have the same dream for diversity and equality.



Sarah D

My name is Sarah Dransfield, I'm 23 and I live in Holmfirth in Huddersfield. Since the age of 16,  I have been a right leg above knee amputee due to a rare bone cancer called Osteosarcoma.

I model for Zebedee management, as well as working for my family's business, Marston's chicken shop, and am an ambassador for the Laura Crane youth cancer trust.













 




Jen

Jennifer has enjoyed been modelling for ten years working with big brands on shoots and live shows. Most recently working for Triumph, Wella, GHD and fronting The Glenfiddich Whiskey Campaign.

As well as modelling Jennifer is currently appearing in Disney’s Mary Poppins as a dancer, having trained as a musical theatre performer. Next she will be dancing along side Will Smith in Disney’s Aladdin.








 

 










Sarah T

My first catwalk experience was at age 11 when we had to model our own designs for a charity show at school. I love fashion and used to love watching The Clothes Show every week. My big brother teased me for my elaborate, colourful clothes to which I responded ‘you make your own fashion’. He still reminds me of it today. 

I design and make my own clothes and have modelled at student graduation fashion shows. I was often asked to model when I was a journalist for local newspapers Bristol Post and Western Daily Press. I modelled hats for a day at the races, motorbike clothes when I learnt how to ride a motorbike for a feature, ski wear, wedding dresses to bikinis.

 

Poppy

My name is Poppy, I'm 22 and recently graduated with a degree in Film Production. I’ve been modelling for 3 years now and hope to get to LA this year!  

 

 

 


 

Tamar

Tamar was raised in a highly musical and theatrical family. She trained from a very young age in ballet, acting, singing and contemporary dance. This led to a successful career as a showgirl and commercial dancer in Europe and the UK.

Tamar was first model-scouted whilst on a dancing contract in Lisbon, Portugal. She was approached as she walked down an old cobbled street and from there found herself walking in Lisbon Fashion week!

She has also had many jobs with brands, designers and magazines such as Ford Ka, Vivien Westwood, Andrew Majtenyi, Triumph, Nichole de Carle, Cosmopolitan, Company, Fault and blanc, to name but a few. She has now been in the modelling industry for nearly 15 years.


Leo

Hey, my name is Leo Jonah. I’m a biomedical science student from London. I was first scouted in Oxford Street in central London a few years ago. Before this, I had never really thought about modelling.

My campaign is to normalise albinism in popular culture and to push the industry to present an accurate depiction and representation of the world as a whole. Everyone deserves to see themselves represented, and need a voice and a figure in popular culture to identify and relate to.

For me, I now see it as more of a duty and my mission rather than just a job. I don’t want another generation of children to go through the unnecessary struggle of non-inclusion.
 

Esmerelda

I remember as a teenager, my aunt would always tell me I should become a model, but I didn't think I ever could. I wasn't confident in myself and had very low self-esteem as I was suffering from acne. Back then I thought: Models have to look perfect and have perfect skin as they showed in magazines, I could never be like that. 

Throughout the years I got to meet models of all shapes and sizes, and I learned that no one is "perfect" - not even models. All these years of modelling really helped me build up my confidence, to the point where I decided to quit my job and pursue a modelling career.

It's been seven months now since then and it's been amazing. I've walked for Schwarzkopf and London Fashion Week, had my first International job in Marrakech, been published in several local magazines, worked with many talented photographers and now I'm walking for Bristol Fashion Week.


Blaise

Hey, My names Blaise Tykal, I’m a model, actress and dancer from Luton. I Studied dance for 4 years and then went of to drama school where I studied TV & Film for 2 years...

I enjoy going to the gym, Boxing and dancing to keep fit, love socialising & partying with my friends travelling, getting the most out of life.  I’m a Gemini and feel I have many different personalities, I’m very bubbly, outgoing and ambitious I enjoy brining this through in all the work I do.


India

I got scouted at an early age of 13 I’ve been dipping in and out of the industry ever since. After travelling and working in India, where I worked on a yoga retreat I came back to London got scouted by my current agency and have been modelling ever since.

Pilates is a massive passion of mine and I’m about to start a reformer training course. Which I’m very excited about. Travelling the world, chasing the sun and experiencing new cultures is what enriches my life and what keeps me motivated through this whirlwind.





Shaun

Shaun, is a top international model  hailing from Montego Bay, Jamaica. Currently based between London, Paris and Milan, Shaun was raised by her grandmother and was an exceptional sprinter at school. She was discovered aged 17yrs, by Deiwght Peters who runs Saint International, the top agency in Jamaica, and has been modelling non-stop ever since.

Since being represesented by Milk, Shaun has worked  with amazing  photographers such as Juergen Teller and for top brands such as Burberry, Farfetch, MAC, Vivienne Westwood, Vogue Italia, Alexa Chung, Balenciaga, Ashley Isham  and Natasha Zinko as well as magazines such as Vogue Italia, Grazia, Tank and Re- Edition.

Shaun loves to cook and often whips up homecooked feasts for her bookers using authentic Jamaican ingredients.

Matt

Hey I’m Matt and I’m from Manchester, I have been modelling for 15 years! I have been lucky enough to work all around the world. When I’m not modelling I’m either walking my dog, chilling with my family, surfing or snowboarding.

Two facts one fiction..

- I got a law changed in Parliament
- I built an exact replica of the Pope mobile and raced it around Ireland dressed as the Pope with my best mate and ended up on the evening news with the Mayor of Dublin
- I can speak 3 languages

See if you can guess which is the fiction!

Rachel

I was first scouted when I was 15 years old, but didn’t really start modelling until I was 22 and felt ready for the industry. Opportunities kept presenting themselves to me, so when I signed with a Plus size agency at 22 I quit my 9-5 for a career I would be passionate about.

I’m a big advocate of body positivity and make it my personal mission to make my rare ‘in-between’ size seen in the fashion industry, because seeing yourself represented is important, and I know it’s what I needed growing up. This is my 3rd time with Bristol Fashion Week, I love being part of such a fun show which speaks to everyone in the audience, regardless of age, size or ethnicity.
 

Maria

I was scouted in a club in Hong Kong when I went home for my summer holidays during my studies in the UK. That’s where my journey began. In my first year, I had to do a lot of jobs on low budgets to get the experience, mostly magazines and student fashion shows but I loved every minute of it , I met and made a lot of great friends.

I’ve worked in most of the Far East countries and was based between Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo and Osaka. One of my biggest modelling job was being the shiseido sunblock collection poster girl for 2 years in a roll.

Models- we need to be strong, have thick skin and handle rejection well but I would not change it for anything because I am having the best time.

Nicky

I started modelling when I was asked to model my hair for a new shampoo for silver / grey hair. I went for the shoot and than became the poster girl for the campaign.

This lead in to joining a agency and getting Busy working. This was a amazing opportunity as my twin daughters were both leaving for university and I was very worried about the empty nest. So to my delight this New career came knocking! I have done more campaigns. Modelling  has really Taken off. I'm thrilled at the new work I am being offered.


 

 

 

 

Evander

Hey I’m Evander, a 25 year old new face in the modelling world, so far so good!

Bristol Fashion Week Festival will be my first (hopefully of many) big catwalk jobs. I’m really excited and grateful to be here.