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Homeless girl crowned Top Model

Lauren Lambert has gone from sleeping rough to winning the latest series of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model.

The 23-year-old from Surrey has won a contract with Models 1, a shopping trip to New York and will appear on the cover of Company magazine. She will also feature in ad campaigns for make-up brand Revlon and hair-care brand Tresemme.

Lauren, who was kicked out of home aged 15 and became homeless, said: "When I applied for Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model I didn't know if I was going to get accepted nor get this far in the competition.

"The whole experience has been out of this world and I feel so blessed and grateful to have had this opportunity."

Lauren beat 13 other finalists to win the Sky Living fashion show hosted by Elle Macpherson and judge by Elle, Tyson Beckford and Dannii Minogue.

Dannii said: "Lauren exudes beauty from the inside. Her philosophy of life is so positive, and she lets that shine in her photographs. She is a deserved winner and it will be great to see her representing Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model globally."

Lauren grew up in St Lucia and moved to London with her mother at the age of 10. They fell out when she was 15 and Lauren ended up sleeping rough.

She told The Sun: "I guess mum was depressed and we fought a lot. When I was 15 we fell out permanently and I became homeless. It was a hard time. People say 'sleep rough' but you don't get any sleep.

"To go from sleeping on a park bench to winning this doesn't quite feel real."

She now sleeps on the sofa in a one bed flat she shares with her younger sister Lucy and her young nephew.

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