Macie from Stradbroke heading for modelling success
A Stradbroke Primary School pupil could be on her way to a successful modelling career after being chosen to represent Suffolk in a top competition.
Macie Ovens, nine, will represent the county in a competition called Little Miss British Isles in May.
Macie will be Little Miss Suffolk in the competition, after coming fourth in the junior section of an earlier heat, called Miss International Rose.
The competitions are not a beauty pageant, but are designed to help the winners on a route to a successful modelling career.
Macie has already appeared in London Runway Magazine, modelled for a clothing company, auditioned for a feature film and been selected as a model for London Kids Fashion Week.
“Macie is very keen on becoming a model and is really enjoying the competitions,” said mum Tori, 37, a family support worker.
“She first had a child modelling assessment in London and was taken on by a management company.
“Then she joined StarNow, which is a casting site for auditions, modelling jobs, musicians and dancers.
“If she wins Little Miss British Isles, she will win £1,000 and a year’s modelling contract.
“I will go up to Chester with her when the winners are announced, and her dad is very proud of her, too.”
Macie was one of the youngsters who went along to a half-term craft workshop at Stradbroke Community Centre this week.
Photos from the event can be seen on page 11.
“Macie is a very strong character. Her idol is Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She is really a little feminist,” added Tori, who lives in Stradbroke.
“Macie also loves being on the stage and has appeared in school plays. She also enjoys Taekwondo, goes to a local dance class and is a very keen singer.
“She wants to keep up the modelling, but wants to be a policewoman.
“Her little sister, Erica, who’s three, looks up to her and wants to be in all the pictures, too.”