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Model student Ella set to go down a storm

By Amanda Poole

A Northern Ireland schoolgirl has signed to the same modelling agency as supermodels Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford.

Ella Killen (16), from east Belfast, is off to London next week to start work for one of the UK's leading model agencies, Storm.

The future looks bright for the Strathearn pupil, who is represented in Northern Ireland by Maureen Martin Model Management.

“I started off modelling for my hairdresser at 14 and then Maureen Martin got in touch with me,” Ella explained.

“I’m excited to have been signed by Storm, because Kate Moss is my favourite model.

“I’m heading over on Monday with my mum for a week to see how it goes and what jobs I get.”

Ella has brains as well as beauty and told the Belfast Telegraph she hopes to attend university in the future.

“I’m doing A-level biology, geography and home economics at the moment.

“After I finish school, I’m going to take a gap year and then I hope to study veterinary nursing away from home.”

Maureen Martin has been a model scout for over 40 years.

She said Ella should go very far in the industry and that it’s great she will be on Storm’s books alongside big names such as Lily Cole and Eva Herzigova.

“Ella is a lovely, enthusiastic girl,” Maureen said.

“She is great in front of the camera, and can’t wait to see photographers and get going.”

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