We at Cornwall Models & Promotions are excited to bring you our exclusive new feature – Model of the Week!
Here, we’ll be showcasing a different star of the show, every week.
We don’t just give this award away randomly though, it takes something special to make it in this feature. So what’s the big deal?
We’re very selective over the models that represent us, and personality matters just as much as appearance. Let’s take our first winner as a prime example: Suzy, age 67.
Suzy is one of our veteran models, with an incredibly impressive 30 years of experience in the industry!
She is the perfect example of defying the norm and holds everything we stand for in creating a diverse appreciation of society.
Suzy, rightly so, is in incredibly high demand at the moment for shoots and is currently proudly modelling for the vintage inspired label, Silly Old Sea Dog!
Here’s what Suzy had to say about her story and journey through the massively competitive modelling world:
“My own story started at the tender age of ten, when I won a catwalk competition and thought ‘This is fun!’
Fast forward to my 20’s whereby I entered beauty and personality competitions and won quite a few, including Miss Cornwall Swimwear and Miss Cornwall Bikini, which in themselves led to me being asked to model. I couldn’t enter any of the larger beauty contests, as one had to be a ‘MISS’ and I was married’
When my modelling career started up, I did everything from promotions for Rolls Royce cars to appearing in and organising catwalk shows, and even modelling thermal undies for brochures.
One time I had to dress up as a She Devil for a building company leaflet shoot, and this was in the days before Fancy Dress shops, so my hubby had to make me a Devil’s trident and I can remember carrying it, whilst walking up Redruth high street to the photographer’s studio, having some curious looks cast my way!
I always seemed to be modelling winter wear in summer ( designer jumpers on the hottest day in summer, comes to mind) and bikinis feeling frozen on an Autumn day. Last year even, I had to go in the sea on a cold November day for a national newspaper shoot. Such is life as a model…
Then eventually in my 30’s, because there weren’t any West Country model agencies, I started my own award winning national model agency – the first fully licenced one in three counties. I won the award for providing work in an unemployment Black Spot and for doing a lot of Charity fund raising with my models.
I was forced to retire at 40 due to a bad dose of Glandular Fever BUT I re-launched at 57 as a Mature Model and now ten years later I am busier than ever.
My proudest moments were being selected as a mature model, for an American book cover and other international magazine covers. It’s a super feeling to be a cover girl! I’ve been published the world over; including many times within a high end magazine in Sri Lanka – over there Senior Citizens start at age 57.
Whilst having done some TV and radio work as well; I’ve also turned down various invites for TV work like appearing in ‘Big Brother’ and ‘The Circle’ and a few chat shows too, as well as Judge Rinder programme lately, because that’s not what I’m about.
I recently appeared on the USA television show, The Ace Michaels Show broadcast from Los Angeles, which was great fun to do.
My favourite modelling work is photographic and I am at my happiest being creative in a studio or on location.
My advice to would-be models is, that whilst modelling looks glamorous, it’s jolly hard work.
The best thing any model can do, is get themselves a reliable and trustworthy model agent to guide them, through what can be sometimes, the modelling jungle.
As indeed Hayley does, my own agent at Cornwall Models & Promotions
Thank you Hayley x”
Suzy’s take-away message? ‘You are never too old to model’
Has this week’s story inspired you? Reach out to us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions!
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