Belfast Telegraph

In Pictures: Face of M Club winners seal model contracts

By Maureen Coleman

Two young clubbers are poised for catwalk success after winning a prestigious modelling competition.

Belfast teenager Luke McKinley, 19, and 21-year-old Natasha Smyth from Dundonald have been named the male and female Face of the M Club, winning a contract with Alison Campbell's modelling agency as part of their prize.

The pair were both spotted by talent scouts on a night out at the M Club and encouraged to enter the competition.

For freelance make-up artist Natasha it was a case of second time lucky.

"I've always wanted to do modelling and entered the Miss Northern Ireland competition three years ago, coming third runner-up in my heat," she said.

"But I don't think I was ready for it then. Now, I'm a lot more confident and am thrilled to bits to have won.

"I didn't think I'd get it and was totally shocked when they announced my name. But I'm really looking forward to getting started now."

Luke, who is on a gap year before starting an ancient history degree at Queen's University this year, said he was very nervous on the night.

"To be honest I didn't think I'd win because I was so nervous," he said.

"I was approached by a girl a few weeks ago at the M Club and asked to enter, which I did. Then I was told I'd been shortlisted.

"I didn't feel nervous at all until the doors opened and I saw the crowd. But I'm well prepared now and am excited about the modelling contract."

Luke said he hoped to eventually move into broadcasting and that the contract with ACA might help him.

"Winning the competition has certainly boosted my confidence," he said.

"I'm getting a bit of stick from my friends, but I don't think they'll mind too much if I get them onto the guest list."

Luke and Natasha also won hair care with Michael Quinn, make-up with Paddy McGurgan, a trip to Paris courtesy of easyJet, photographic portfolio with Bill Smyth and clothes from Clockwork Orange.

Teresa Casey, marketing manager for Wine Inns said: "We are really excited to be involved in finding the Face Of M Club.

"This is the third year of the competition. Last year's lucky winner Kirsten Gillespie won a modelling contract which brought her to great heights and she went on to become the Face of Fall for Fashion with her picture appearing on all the billboards to promote the glitzy fashion event."

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