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Denisa Stanova

Denisa Stanova

Model Denisa Stanova

Model Denisa Stanova

Denisa Stanova models a stunning wedding dress from world-acclaimed designer Vera Wang at the official launch of Magners Light Spring into Summer.

Denisa Stanova models a stunning wedding dress from world-acclaimed designer Vera Wang at the official launch of Magners Light Spring into Summer.

<b>The Belfast Telegraph Fashion and Glamour Gallery - from the catwalks of Belfast to Milan and New York</b> Models Cecily Lopez, Anna Soukupova and  Candice Swanepoel attend the 7th Annual "Jeffrey Fashion Cares" at the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier on March 22, 2010 in New York City.

<b>The Belfast Telegraph Fashion and Glamour Gallery - from the catwalks of Belfast to Milan and New York</b> Models Cecily Lopez, Anna Soukupova and Candice Swanepoel attend the 7th Annual "Jeffrey Fashion Cares" at the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier on March 22, 2010 in New York City.

Tallulah Love   launches the  newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie -  January 2010

Tallulah Love launches the newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie - January 2010

Tallulah Love   launches the  newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie -  January 2010

Tallulah Love launches the newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie - January 2010

Tallulah Love   launches the  newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie -  January 2010

Tallulah Love launches the newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie - January 2010

Tallulah Love   launches the  newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie -  January 2010

Tallulah Love launches the newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie - January 2010

Tallulah Love   launches the  newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie -  January 2010

Tallulah Love launches the newly formed brand at the Paris lingerie show, Salon de International de la lingerie - January 2010

The Magners Light Fall for Fashion extravaganza   at the historic St George's Market

The Magners Light Fall for Fashion extravaganza at the historic St George's Market

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast    30-9-2009       Free To UseOne for the ladies as The Magners Light Fall for Fashion extravaganza got of to a flying start last night at the historic St George's Market venue in front of hundreds of fashionistas and guests. The showcase for the best in High Street and vintage clothing. Hair Zuni Hairdressing, make-up Oonagh Boman ENDS All media enquiries and for further information please contact:   Michelle McTernanPHONE 07968825377 E-MAIL info@michellemcternanmanagement.com

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 30-9-2009 Free To UseOne for the ladies as The Magners Light Fall for Fashion extravaganza got of to a flying start last night at the historic St George's Market venue in front of hundreds of fashionistas and guests. The showcase for the best in High Street and vintage clothing. Hair Zuni Hairdressing, make-up Oonagh Boman ENDS All media enquiries and for further information please contact: Michelle McTernanPHONE 07968825377 E-MAIL info@michellemcternanmanagement.com

The Magners Light Fall for Fashion extravaganza   at the historic St George's Market

The Magners Light Fall for Fashion extravaganza at the historic St George's Market

The Magners Light Fall for Fashion extravaganza   at the historic St George's Market

The Magners Light Fall for Fashion extravaganza at the historic St George's Market

Belfast West Coast Cooler Fashionweek   at the old Northern Bank buildings on Waring Street.

Belfast West Coast Cooler Fashionweek at the old Northern Bank buildings on Waring Street.

Jude pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Jude pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Naoise pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Naoise pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Jude pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Jude pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Kirsty pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Kirsty pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Agneta pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Agneta pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Jude pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Jude pictured during Thursday night's catwalk show. Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

A stunning model shows off the hottest trends for Spring at Thursday nights West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

A stunning model shows off the hottest trends for Spring at Thursday nights West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashionweek

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion Week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion Week.

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

Fashion followers and couture vultures flock to the old Northern Bank building in Waring Street for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue  for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building in Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week. Finnola Guinnanne wearing Sretsus Lime from Rara Dres and Kirsty Stewart wearing Atelier - Traffic People Silk Miami Sheena Maxi Dress

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week. Finnola Guinnanne wearing Sretsus Lime from Rara Dres and Kirsty Stewart wearing Atelier - Traffic People Silk Miami Sheena Maxi Dress

Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week. Kirsty Stewart wears Atelier - Traffic People Silk Miami Sheena Maxi Dress

Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week. Kirsty Stewart wears Atelier - Traffic People Silk Miami Sheena Maxi Dress

Model Caitlyn wearing a black Petra Tobias dress with black veil on the catwalk for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week.  CRUISE and Silk joined local boutiques Candy Plum, Atelier, Harrison, Jourdan and Blush in showcasing their Spring/Summer 2010 collections.

Model Caitlyn wearing a black Petra Tobias dress with black veil on the catwalk for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week. CRUISE and Silk joined local boutiques Candy Plum, Atelier, Harrison, Jourdan and Blush in showcasing their Spring/Summer 2010 collections.

Models Finola wearing Sretsis Lime Green RaRa Dress from Candy Plum and Kristy wearing Traffic people silk Miami Sheena Maxi Dress from Atelier on the catwalk for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week. CRUISE and Silk joined local boutiques Candy Plum, Atelier, Harrison, Jourdan and Blush in showcasing their Spring/Summer 2010 collections.

Models Finola wearing Sretsis Lime Green RaRa Dress from Candy Plum and Kristy wearing Traffic people silk Miami Sheena Maxi Dress from Atelier on the catwalk for Belfast's West Coast Cooler Fashion week. CRUISE and Silk joined local boutiques Candy Plum, Atelier, Harrison, Jourdan and Blush in showcasing their Spring/Summer 2010 collections.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

The old Northern Bank building on Waring Street was the venue for Belfast's West Coast Cooler fashion week.

Denisa Stanova

A Slovakian woman who defied racist bullies to land a modelling contract is to be the face of one of Northern Ireland’s biggest fashion events.

Denisa Stanova — who almost quit the province following a racist attack on her home — will front the two-day Magners Light Spring into Summer showcase at St George’s Market in Belfast.

The development comes following an attack on the home of an Eastern European woman in Ballymena this week.

Denisa will not only be the face of the advertising campaign, appearing on billboards and adshels around Belfast, but she will also open the first show tonight.

The 21-year-old’s rise to the top of local modelling was revealed by the Belfast Telegraph in November last year, after she won the Face of Northern Woman magazine.

Denisa moved to Belfast in February 2008 and set up home in the south of the city with her boyfriend and some friends who had also travelled over from Slovakia. However, they were forced to flee their home for a night after a group of thugs smashed their windows with bricks.

The attack was one of a spate on homes belonging to eastern Europeans in May and June of last year. Images of the race attacks were shown around the world and Belfast found itself being labelled as the race hate hotspot of Europe.

Denisa has since moved home several times, but she has now settled down in her new place in south Belfast.

Michelle McTernan, co-director of the event, said she was extremely proud to have booked Denisa.

She revealed: “Since winning ‘The Face of Northern Woman' last November, Denisa has been absolutely inundated with photographic and catwalk modelling through her agency, The Style Academy.

“Denisa is a natural beauty and has everything going for her — looks, posture and, most importantly, great attitude.”

The fashion feast will kick off tonight with the Something Old, Something New show, followed by Deadly Designer tomorrow night.

Showcasing for the first time at Spring Into Summer will be acclaimed designer Vera Wang, who will unveil her latest bridal collection, which is available at Brown Thomas in Dublin.

“When Michelle asked me to be the Face of Spring into Summer I could not believe it”, Denisa admitted.

“I thought it was a joke as there are so many more beautiful girls in Northern Ireland than me, but I am very proud.”

Tickets for each night cost £10 and are available now at Ticketmaster.

Belfast Telegraph