A 16-year-old is swapping his text books for catwalks after winning a modelling competition he was persuaded to enter while shopping with his mum.
Ross Trevillion, of Walnut Grove, Hemel Hempstead, had just finished his GCSEs when he was awarded a three-year modelling contract and once in a lifetime trip to Milan at the final of the Elite Model Look contest in London.
The former Hemel Hempstead School pupil, who was among the youngest entrants, says he had never even considered a career in modelling, but was spotted in London’s Covent Garden on his mum’s birthday.
He said: “I was approached by a woman who said I should really think about applying. I wasn’t even going to enter at first, but she came back and convinced me to do it. I never thought I was going to win it.
“I went into the boot camp for the experience. All the finalists were taken on photo shoots, and as I learned more about the industry and the travelling I thought I wanted to do it.”
Ross, who currently works at Eckoh call centre in town, was even late for the semi-final day as he didn’t want to miss his shift.
He intends to carry on working for the company based in Telford House, but will be reducing his shifts as his modelling opportunities increase. He is also awaiting his exam results and hopes to part-time study at West Herts College from September.
He added: “I will be going to Milan to model in January. It is going to involve a lot of hard work but I have never been there before and I can’t wait to do it.”