Belfast mum Nicky Jamison models out a whole new career at age of 32
She is embarking on a modelling career at the grand old age of 32.
Meet Nicky Jamison, a single mother-of-two from east Belfast, who is a finalist in this year's Face of Northern Ireland competition after she "hit the reset button" and decided to change her life after a turbulent time.
Nicky, a singer with wedding band Kayenne, is a proud mum to Ryan (11) and Joshua (9).
And she is now enjoying a new career with RoleModels NI after she stepped in to do a last-minute photoshoot. The Sydenham woman told the Belfast Telegraph that 2014 was consumed by the trauma of losing her job as a dental nurse, her marriage breaking down after 10 years and fearing she might die.
"Last year I had a cancer scare," she said.
"I had a growth in my pancreas and I have ended up with diabetes.
"Everything happened at once. I wasn't well, my marriage ran into difficulties and I lost my job as a dental nurse."
Nicky knew her marriage was over, so is now embracing life on her own, which has seen her signed to a modelling agency and reach the final of the Face of Northern Ireland competition.
"My husband and I knew things weren't working for us and now we are separated after 10 years," she said.
"We are happy. We are good friends now.
"I had never thought about myself before and then I did a photoshoot as a favour five months ago after someone had dropped out and the offers started coming in.
"I am maybe doing three or four shoots a week now."
Nicky has had lots of support from friends and her parents, Sharon and Colin Jamison, who are professional foster carers recently recognised with an award from Barnardo's for 25 years of service. Nicky has one natural sister, Samantha, and 27 foster siblings. Her sons are also supportive of their mum's endeavours, even if they sometimes question why she wears such dramatic make-up.
"It has all been a bit of a whirlwind," she said.
"The boys are funny. When I come home from a shoot the oldest thinks my make-up is ridiculous, but they are really supportive.
"They take me down a peg or two but are proud I am a model and a singer.
"I do fashion, beach shoots, commercial, conceptual, and I even did a 'trash the dress' photoshoot.
"My wedding dress was covered with paint and feathers."
The chosen charities for this year's Face of Northern Ireland are Headway, which helps people with brain injury, and Down's and Proud, which supports children and parents living with Down's syndrome.
A fundraiser is coming up at the Hudson Bar in Belfast on May 28 ahead of the Face of Northern Ireland final on June 21 at the Armagh City Hotel.
"The Hudson night will be brilliant," Nicky said.
"We are supporting two fantastic charities.
"There will be an auction on the night with prizes such as a photoshoot, horseriding lessons, make-up and vocal coaching." Life is looking good for this model mum from east Belfast and she is urging other women who have perhaps found themselves in similar positions to do the same and follow their dreams.
Nicky is going to continue singing and modelling and will also be returning to education.
"I've hit the reset button," she said.