Sophie's model dream could come true

AN ASPIRING model has the kindness of a mysterious stranger to thank after she came one step closer to fulfilling her lifelong dream.

AN ASPIRING model has the kindness of a mysterious stranger to thank after she came one step closer to fulfilling her lifelong dream.

Sophie Broad, 20, thought strutting down the catwalk was no more than a distant fantasy until a stranger mistook her for a model.

She could now win a contract with the agency which discovered Cindy Crawford and Giselle Bundschen after reaching the final of a national modelling competition.

Sophie, from Dale Hall Lane, Ipswich, said: “I was in town in August and someone just stopped me and asked if I was a model. It just made me think maybe I should try.

“It is something every girl dreams of but you don't ever think it will happen.

“I would never have thought of entering the competition before, but it just made me think: 'What have I got to lose?'”

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Sophie saw the contest advertised in More! magazine and decided to fill out an online application.

A few months later, she found herself in London for a photoshoot with four other finalists and a real chance of a contract with modelling giants Elite Model Look.

The eventual winner will not only get a contract with the prestigious agency, but will also represent Britain at an international competition.

Sophie said: “The other girls are lovely, I got on really well with all of them in London. I loved it, it was so much fun and everyone was so nice. It was just a brilliant day.

“When I was around the others I was quite self-critical, that's just the sort of person I am. But I like to think I have got as much of a chance as everyone else.

“The world final will probably be in China, but I am terrified of flying, so that will be fun if I win! But I would love to go there.”

Winning the contract could lead Sophie, who has worked in Waterstone's in the Buttermarket for three-and-a-half years, to her ultimate goal of catwalk modelling for a designer range.

It would be life-changing for the newsagent's daughter, who used to read all the fashion magazines in her father's shop and dream of being in them.

She said: “I was quite a chubby teenager and I certainly didn't think I was anything special at all. It is only in the last couple of years I have had much attention.

“My boyfriend was really sweet. He said: 'Why don't you do it, you look like a model. There are lots of girls who are pretty but you have something extra.'

“To be a model is my dream so for that to actually happen would be amazing. I would love to do it so much.”

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