We’re looking for the Face of Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 09:56 07 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:40 10 June 2014

Vita West

Vita West


Suffolk Magazine and JMM model agency are launching a county-wide search for that special someone who has what it takes to break into the world of modelling.

If you’re aged 16 or over and between 5’8-5’11 you can enter our competition. You don’t need any modelling experience – we’re looking for a talented woman with star quality, a great personality and determination to succeed.

The winner will receive a one-year modelling contract with Suffolk-based JMM, take part in a fashion shoot at LATITUDE on July 16 for Suffolk Magazine and enjoy a spa experience at Bathsheba in Woodbridge.

How to enter

Send us two recent digital photographs of yourself – professional photos are not required – along with your name, address, (parents’ name and address if you are under 18), telephone number (we might need to ring you) and date of birth, height between 5’8-5’11, plus up to 150 words about yourself and a statement (50 words) about what it would mean to you to win the competition.

Email the information to Jayne Lindill, Suffolk Magazine editor – jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

The closing date for entries is June 30, 2014.

What happens next?

The judges will compile a shortlist of finalists. If you’re selected you will be invited to attend a judging event in Suffolk during the week commencing July 1, 2014 (exact date to be confirmed).

The judges

Michael Trower

Michael has owned and run the award winning Michael Richards Salons in Ipswich for the past 43 years. He started his career in Oxford Street, London, in 1964 and mastered his cutting skills at Vidal Sassoon in Mayfair. He is a past vice president of Intercoiffure, the Paris based International Federation of Master Hairdressers, and has twice been an eastern region finalist in the British Hairdresser Stylist of the Year Award. His salon has been judged one of the Top Twenty Salons in the UK by Maxim independent research and was a finalist in the 2012 English Hair and Beauty Awards.

Emma Lloyd

Emma Lloyd is a professionally trained personal image consultant and owner of one of Suffolk’s premium boutiques, Marianna, in Ipswich (www.mariannaboutique.co.uk), specialising in exclusive Scandinavian designers and voted one of the UK’s top 100 independent retailers in 2013.

Julia Bostock

Photographer Julia Bostock lives in Rendham and currently divides her time between London and Suffolk. Julia has worked with many well-known women’s brands in the UK and abroad. She has forged strong working relationships with clients such as Vogue Bambini, Monsoon, Jigsaw, Harrods, Marie Chantal and Nestle.

Samantha Simpson

Samantha Simpson, creative director, JMM Suffolk, was formerly director of future faces at Premier Model Management, and has worked for some of London’s leading fashion companies. She discovered and managed the early modelling careers of Alexis Cording, super stylist Julia Sarr-Jamois and actress Gabriella Wilde. As fashion editor for Cosmopolitan, the BBC Clothes Show and Marks & Spencer Magazine, Sam co-ordinated and styled fashion shoots with some of the world’s leading photographers and models.

When she relocated to Suffolk, Sam discovered up and coming model Vita West, placing her with the world’s most successful agency, IMG.

From high school to high fashion

Vita West’s introduction to modelling came in the unlikely setting of Wickham Market Co-op three years ago, when she was just 15. Ipswich born Vita was looking for creme eggs, which she’d heard were on offer.

“I was just asking someone where they were, when Sam [Simpson] asked me, ‘Are you English?’ We got chatting, she gave me her number, which, being me, I lost.

“We managed to trace her through a member of the Ufford Parish Council, went to her house, had a chat. After doing a few test shoots and some catwalk practice, we went to London to see a couple of agencies. I couldn’t believe I got signed by IMG immediately.”

In her A-level year at Thomas Mills High S chool, Framlingham, Vita took six months off from modelling to concentrate on her exams, but has been modelling full-time since September 2013. This summer she has assignments in Sydney and Paris.

From September, however, she will fit modelling around study at Cambridge University as she has a place to study Education with English at Queens’ College.


The Search is open to entrants (female) aged 16 and over who permanently reside in Suffolk and neighbouring counties.

Height Requirement. You must be between 5’8-5’11

One winner (female) will receive a one year modelling contract with JMM Suffolk.

The winner will also take par t in a fashion photo shoot at LATITUDE on July 16 for the September issue of Suffolk Magazine. Clothes supplied on loan from Marianna’s, hair by Michael Richards salon, photographs by Julia Bostock and a half-day spa visit to Bathsheba, Woodbridge (day prior to shoot).

The prize must be accepted as awarded. No cash alternative is available. Prizes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

The judges’ decision is final.

The Search is not open to employees, agents or representatives of JMM Suffolk, Archant and any other company associated with the competition and their respective adver tising and promotional agencies.

Full terms and conditions are available at http://www.suffolkmag.co.uk/competitions-offers/competitions and http://www.eadt.co.uk/terms_and_conditions_7_135

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