Joanne Salley pics-scandal could earn teacher a fortune, says PR man Max Clifford
Harrowing experience could pay off for former Miss Northern Ireland
Published 02/04/2011 | 06:49
It started with a group of schoolboys looking at topless photos of their art teacher on mobile phones.
Now former Miss Northern Ireland Joanne Salley could be on track to earn £1m a year after her racy photos hit the headlines and were spotted by a top showbiz agent.
Publicist Max Clifford has said the teacher, who works at the exclusive Harrow School in Middlesex, should consider a career in glamour modelling.
Miss Salley (32) originally from Dungannon, was photographed in at least two provocative shots wearing just a pair of tight denim jeans.
She was said to be devastated when the secret pictures, found on a memory stick in her school’s photography studio, were shared among pupils and leaked to the media.
But Mr Clifford said there was no reason the Co Tyrone beauty should be ashamed of the artistic shots.
“This is every schoolboy’s fantasy about their schoolmistress,” he said.
“If she wants to go down that route, which she probably won’t, she could make £1m in the next year.
“She is a modern-day fantasy become a reality. She could have an amazing year.”
He said Miss Salley, who used to date England rugby player Matt Dawson, was “hot property” and should turn the scandal to her advantage.
“Her looks and her background as a Harrow teacher make her up-market and sexy,” he added.
Bosses at Harrow also stood by their employee, dismissing reports that Miss Salley had gone into hiding after quitting her job in a flood of tears.
“Joanne Salley is a long-standing and successful art teacher at Harrow who has, in the past, been a model,” said Barnaby Lenon, head teacher at the £30,000-a-year school.
“Photographs of her modelling were taken by a professional photographer who also teaches photography part-time at the school.
“These pictures were stolen and passed on to some pupils at the school without the agreement of the photographer.”
A spokeswoman said it was “hearsay” that the majority of the school’s 825 pupils, teachers and kitchen staff had seen the pictures.
The spokeswoman said the photographs were part of an art project, adding: “She hasn't left the school. She's a very good art teacher.”
Miss Salley, a Cambridge graduate, has taught at the school for several years after pursuing a successful career as a TV presenter.
She is well-known in Northern Ireland’s modelling circles and was previously on the books of top model boss Alison Campbell.
Dungannon-born Joanne Salley has taught at Harrow for several years. The 32-year-old Cambridge graduate had a successful career as a model with local agency Alison Campbell. She was crowned Miss Northern Ireland in 1998. Prior to teaching, Miss Salley co-hosted The Big Breakfast with Johnny Vaughan and starred in an ad for the Peugeot 106.