Lei harbours hopes of becoming a Next model

Local model Lei Martin hopes to gather enough votes to get her into the next round the Next's 'Make me the Next Model 2011'
Local model Lei Martin hopes to gather enough votes to get her into the next round the Next's 'Make me the Next Model 2011'

A YOUNG Brechin woman is hoping to gather enough votes to see her go through to the next stage of a competition run by Next to seek out new modelling talent.

Lei Martin, who moved to Brechin in December and works in The Stables, hopes that she will manage accumulate enough votes to place her in the top 250.

Lei first got interested in modelling in 2008 when she was given the opportunity to present trophies at a number of stock car racing events.

From there she contacted a few photographers from her local area and got some modelling work for them.

As well as modelling Lei has a keen interest in acting and has appeared in an advert for Adam Smith College for two years as well as landing a part as a film extra in the film Bobby Jones Strokes of Genius.

At the moment Lei is currently filming for a part of an extra in a new BBC Three programme Pramface.

Lei said: “I would love to be a professional actor or model. It is hard to choose between them because I love doing both.

“I have entered the Next competition because it is a national competition and and if got through it would be the biggest one I have done.

“I have had my pictures in stock car magazines and have managed to make the cover of the Unloaded magazine. I am still progressing and trying to work my way up.

“Since I have moved to Brechin I have not been able to find any work for the modelling, whereas when I was in Edinburgh I got a great amount of work.

“It is so much harder being in Brechin and I have to do a lot more travelling but I would not move from here because I am settled and happy.

“I hope that I can get through to the next 250 of the competition because I have never been in a live modelling event and I have not been down to London for a while either so it would be good to see what goes on and to feel the atmosphere.

“The competition only just starts when you get to London.

“When you get down there your personality shows and you are not just a face on the page.”

To get through to the next round of the competition entrants must gather enough online votes to place them in the top 250 of the competition, with online voting closing at noon on Thursday, June 30.

The lucky hopefuls who get through at this point will be invited to London on Friday, July 29, for a special one-day course at Next’s Runway Academy.

At this stage they will meet industry experts who will offer invaluable advice on all aspects of modelling, while a panel of judges will choose a Top 50 short list to return for the following day’s fabulous, fun-packed, live Grand Final on Saturday, July 30.

Two overall winners will then be picked when each will enjoy a £2,000 shopping spree at Next, the chance to star in a photo-shoot for Next and a special introduction to leading model agency, Storm

To vote for Lei visit www.next.co.uk/model-competition-2011/vote-for-me-idl81hjl2b